Cloning RAID array in SBS2003

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by hijack, Jun 21, 2009.

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    hijack Guest

    My SBS2003 has about 15% free disk space presently. The OS and data is on a
    RAID 1 configuration on 200Gb hdd.
    My question is :-
    Can I clone the master drive (200Gb) of the array to a larger sized
    harddrive (500Gb), replace this back into the system together with another
    500Gb harddrive which can then be rebuilt to the cloned 500Gb master ?
    This sounds too simple. What problems await me ?
    hijack, Jun 21, 2009
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    Leythos Guest

    It all depends on the RAID controller.

    Some cheap RAID controllers permit you to use a source drive to build an
    array from, others DON'T - in your case, you want to clone a RAID array
    to a single drive, not part of an array, then make an array....

    Based on your other post, I'm betting you can't do what you want without
    a reinstall/restore from backup.

    Why not add 2 x 500GB in a RAID-1 and then move your data to the new
    array, leaving SBS to operate on the old 200GB array - there is no
    chance of loss this way.
    Leythos, Jun 21, 2009
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  3. Hi Jack:

    I understand your frustration with this. Can be very annoying.

    What is the main board you have, and are you using the on board controller?
    Are there only 2 SATA connectors?

    Assuming only two connectors, you *should* be able to make a clone of the
    existing partitions and remove the existing drives from the system, install
    the two new drives, partition them any way you wish and restore the
    'backups: to the new, now larger partitions.

    There are a couple of pitfalls. One is that you should check with the mobo
    mfg to be certain that once removed from the system the existing drives can
    be reinstalled, even if it means rebuilding the RAID. Second, you should
    test your cloning software to verify that you can indeed restore the image
    to larger partitions.
    Larry Struckmeyer [SBS MVP], Jun 21, 2009
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