Server 2003 Dynamic Disk Problems: Cloning Dynamic Disk to new and larger drive, or go from Dynamic

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Thee Chicago Wolf [MVP], Jan 7, 2013.

  1. I took on a side job to help someone with their server. An ancient
    Poweredge 840 configured with two Seagate 250 SATA drives (model
    ST3250620NS), set up as Dynamic disks, and mirrored (software). The
    second disk was crapping out and taking the server down with it so I
    broke the mirror and it's running as a single Dynamic Disk. They
    didn't have another spare drives so I *thought* I'd be able to clone
    it to a newer and larger drive since it was a *single* drive system
    but Ghost Solution Suite 2.0.2 and 2.5.1 wouldn't work. After much
    reading it's because it's a Dynamic disk that I am having such
    problems. I've tried PartClone from PartedMagic but no go as well.
    Tried what Symantec said about cloning Dynamic disks a partition at a
    time but when converting a cloned drive from Basic to Dynamic it
    becomes an unbootable volume. I've tried every trick in the book that
    I know of. Some folks managed with third party tool to convert Dynamic
    back to Basic but if it were to hose the only working drive with all
    this person's data, they would not be pleased. So, any ninja's out
    there able to offer advice? Do I shell out the cash for the exact same
    model drive and clone it that way or are there some other workarounds
    that will eventually get me back to a similar setup (2 drives as
    Dynamic disks and mirrored) but with larger disks? Do I have to just
    wind up buying the exact same model drive and clone it that way? It's
    got me quite miffed. Any tips and help would be greatly appreciated.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf [MVP]
    Thee Chicago Wolf [MVP], Jan 7, 2013
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  2. Thee Chicago Wolf [MVP]


    Jan 6, 2010
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    You should try Easeus Partition Manager, it provides "Copy dynamic volume from dynamic disk to basic disk" and can boot from the new basic disk.

    Copy dynamic volume Tutorial:
    billy123, Nov 29, 2013
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