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Move MS Server 2003 install to new raid 10 configuration

post #1 of 5
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Hi Everyone,

Here is the situation: We have 2 seagate hard drives in our server in raid 1, these contain all our data, the os MS Server 2003 on C: volume and data on D: volume.

I added 2 more hard drives and put those in raid 1, they are empty right now.

So I want to convert this to a raid 10 setup. Have the two raid 1 arrays striped.

As far as I can tell, this will require totally wiping the drives, then restoring the C: and D: volumes to the new raid 10 array.

As such, what is the best way to accomplish this? I would prefer to have all settings preserved, etc... Really appreciate any help.
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post #2 of 5
Acronis backup and recovery 10 server will do the job.

£500 for a licence unless you have other procurement ways

And yes, you'll need to wipe the drives, if you dont' want to pay for the application, you can use either robocopy or the microsoft file server migration toolkit which is like robocopy but has a GUI front end

But you can make it copy across the folder permissions. No, you can't use this to copy your windows directory etc.

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You can always setup a share on your personal computer,, then use clonezilla (freeware) and make an image of the drives and put it on your share. Build the array and then copy the image back over.
 
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post #4 of 5
As the others have said, the best practice here is to clone the operating system (using a tool like Acronis, Ghost, or Clonezilla) to another storage media first, and then re-initialize the array the way you like it. When you restore the clone to the new array, everything will be in the same state it is now, and you shouldn't have do mess around with any drivers as long as you are using the same RAID controller.
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Erm. From a business and cover-your-a$$ perspective, I would actually get two MORE drives, and form the new RAID-10 array with those 4 new drives. You could then use a simple clone method to clone from one of the RAID-1 member disks to the new RAID-10 array. You would also have a second RAID-1 member disk available on hand as a backup of your original installation... I'd keep that second member disk in a safe place for something like 6 months until you get sign-off that allows you to wipe it.
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