Restoring to larger HDD

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by smutny, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. smutny

    smutny Guest

    Ok, before I go out and blow a few hundred dollars on Symantec’s Backup Exec
    System Recovery, I thought I’d run my scenario by those here and see if I am
    missing something.

    Dell PowerEdge 400SC server running Windows 2003 Enterprise Server was
    originally set up a few years ago with a 4GB boot partition. It has become
    too small and I need a larger boot partition. Apparently out of the box
    Win2K3 does not allow you to extend the boot partition and tools like
    Partition Magic do not work on Win2K3.

    Originally the PowerEdge was running Win2K, so the system directory is
    C:\WINNT, not C:\WINDOWS as is installed by Win2K3.

    I am using the Windows native Backup program to backup the server on a
    dedicated backup machine.

    This server is my PDC in a 4 server environment. It also is the
    authentication server for clients accessing data via remote desktop (hence
    the large size of the Profiles folder necessitating this upgrade).

    After plugging in the new HDD I installed Win2k3. However, since its system
    root is C:\WINDOWS, the backup file will not restore correctly and I get
    kernel and DLL errors upon startup.

    So I start over.

    I load Win2K to get the C:\WINNT directory, upgrade to Win2K3, then try to
    restore the old data. Once again I get kernel and DLL error upon startup.

    I tried numerous variations of the above in attempts to get the system
    directory installed but keep running into the same kernel and DLL errors at

    Desired Solution:
    Find a piece of software that will transfer across the obviously missing
    system files that will allow me to restore the old system root directory onto
    the new, larger HDD. I would like to avoid the necessity of reloading all
    the server programs and re-creating the user Profiles, reinstalling all the
    printers, etc., etc.

    It is my understanding that Symantec’s Backup Exec will do this for me.

    Any other suggestions?
    smutny, Sep 7, 2006
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  2. smutny

    Cleve S. Guest

    If you want to increase the size of the boot partition Google BootIT NG from
    TeraByte Unlimited. It's not real fancy, but it should do what you need.
    It also creates images. I've used it for years with Win2k3.
    Cleve S., Sep 7, 2006
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  3. Here is a free solution that works:
    1. Connect the old and the new disk at the same time.
    2. Boot into Windows.
    3. Partition and format the new disk. Mark the primary active.
    4. Boot the machine with a Bart PE boot CD.
    5. Use xcopy.exe to copy the old disk Make sure to include
    ACLS, hidden and system files.
    6. Disconnect the old disk. This is important!
    7. Boot with the new disk.
    That's all!
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Sep 8, 2006
  4. Hi!

    Can you post all the switches you use with xcopy?

    Wolfgang Hauer, Sep 8, 2006
  5. This would be a nice little practice exercise for a
    system administrator. I'll comment on your proposed
    switches if you care to post them.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Sep 8, 2006
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