HELP Problem Upgrading 160GB SATA HDD to 500GB SATA w/ SBS 2k3

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by landandcompass, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. I am having a problem

    15 Users
    Server: Dell PowerEdge SC430
    OS: Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1 (Includ- Windows Server
    2K3, Exch Serv 2K3, Sharepoint Portal Serv)
    Processor: Dual Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz / Clock Speed 3GHz / L2 Cache 2048
    RAM: 2 - 512MB DDR2, 533MHz, 2X256MB Single Ranked DIMMs
    NIC: Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
    Harddrives: 2 - SATA 160GB HDDs (Upgrading to 500GB SATA HDDs)
    (Dynamic Disk Config / Simple Volumes in Microsoft Disk manag.
    DVD/CD-Rom Drives

    I am running Windows Small Business Server 2k3 SP1 and I am trying to
    install 2 500GB SATA HDDs for more space because I have no space on the
    system partition that dell setup. These Are Dynamic Disk, NOT Basic
    Disks. Know ....included in this package is Windows server 2k3, exch.
    serv. 2k3, Sharpoint...I don't want to set up all my users again in
    Active Directory or Exchange Server.Most of the Migration tools that I
    have see, you have to have a source server and a destination server,
    BUT in my case I have only one server trying to upgrade my HDDs. Also, Alot
    of them Don't support Dynamic Disk, unless I am doing something wrong.

    I have consulted with 2 IT Professionals with two different Solutions.
    The first Solution they told me was to install a fresh copy of the
    Server and setup everything again.....but, this didn't work out because
    they didn't know how to migrate AD settings, server settings, Exch.
    Serv. Settings to the new server. THIS DIDN'T WORK OUT. So, the second
    IT Professional said that I should use a imaging program like Ghost 10,
    Acronis Director, or something like Acronis Migrate Easy, PCbeginner
    Utilities Suite 2007, Clonemaxx 1.0. This was a better solution, but there is
    one problem, some of the programs don't support Dynamic Disk in windows.

    I am lost on what to do now. All I want to do is use the new HDDs with
    the existing server setup that I have. Now, I can't convert back to
    Basic disk because it will erase all of the data, and if I had known it
    would be hard to upgrade HDD's with Dynamic Disk config. then I would
    have just used basic disks.

    Any Help on a solution would be helpful.
    landandcompass, Jan 21, 2007
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