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Windows 7: Double Cloning a RAID array SBS2003 / Intel Server Board 3200SHV


19 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 
Double Cloning a RAID array SBS2003 / Intel Server Board 3200SHV

Hi Everyone!

I have a server running sbs2003 on a raid 1+0 array. The array is built using 4 x WD3202ABYS (320 Gb, RE3) HDDs. The serves is not doing much at the present,
supports minimal file sharing, runs exchange 2003, basic stuff, really nothing serious.

When i configured the array, i created 2 drives: C (system), D (data), as usual.

Now the time has come, we are going to deploy a custom designed CRM that will require more space especially when the users will start to fill it up with data.

I have to increase the array's capacity. So i purchased a set (4) of WD 2TB RE4 drives and about to "transfer" the system and data drives.

What i have in mind (and absolutely not sure about its success) is to clone the two drives (of the array) to two different single drives and as soon as its done, clone them back to the new array. Once thats done, i'd use partition magic, to resize the partitions and then have a beer...or more.

Please note that there is about 180 Gb data in total.

I would not boot from the single drives, just use them as temporary storage. I cant hook up 2 raid arrays to the board (6 sata only) and it has one raid controller anyway.

So thats the idea.

Did anyone tried this or something like this before?
There is nothing on the web 'bout this.... or i can't search properly.....

Please help, i really don't like the idea of rebuilding it from backup......

TIA:

Alex

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