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I usually clone from a different PC (running regular Win7 x64), so it doesn't matter what OS is on the drive(s). It just has to be NTFS and I can copy it.

I'm not sure if EaseUS Free works from within a server OS, but I suppose you'll find out. If worse comes to worse, they do have a server product.
     
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Are both of you referring to a server operating system or just consumer windows?
it shouldn't make a difference, even if it does easeus has a server product if need be.
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I spoke with someone from microsoft and they told me to put in the installtion disc and do a full restore to the new ssd but from what I am reading in the administrators companion book for sbs 2011 it says that you cannot restore to a smaller drive than the one the OS was installed on. I am attempting to try this now.
The windows tool is stupid for anything like that, it may say it cant in case there is more data on the source disk than destination or because the partition is larger than the destination and the windows tool can not compensate/adjust. Using something like easeus it can shrink the partition as small as you need and should migrate to smaller drives as long as the actual data on teh partition is not larger than the destination.
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Please let me know if you have used EaseUS for migrating any server operating systems bc server OS can have different types of system files that prevent a lot of ordinary data migration programs from working properly.

Thank you again for all the help.
Windows SBS 2011 is NTFS...anything that can deal with NTFS should handle it, even then you can do a sector by sector backup and restore and it doesn't matter the filesystem.

I could boot up some VMs of SBS 2011 and verify everything works with whichever program, but i'm feeling lazy now lol.
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Hello, I was able to do the disk clone with EaseUS Todo Backup Server Trial Software from their website. Worked very easily but now I am running into a problem on the OS on the SSDs now. Ever since I cloned to the ssds I have not been able to access the scheduled backup settings for windows server backup. It says that windows server backup has stopped working. Does anyone know what may have caused this problem after cloning.

I do have the hard drives with OS partitions still on them running as seperate drives than the OS now. SHould I disconnet the original source drives? I don't know how this would cause the backup service from working but it may. If anyone can think of anything I may be missing please let me know.

Thank you to those who recommended EaseUS. Worked great except for this backup service now but I think it's just something I have adjust in order to get it running again.

Thanks again for the help. +rep
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Hmm... I'm not sure. Try disconnecting the drives temporarily. It could be something bizarre like the backup service noting the model of OS drive/array and trying to access it - but after cloning, even though that drive/array is detected, it's no longer the OS drive. Disconnecting it has a chance of letting you get in and adjust settings? (Not a very good chance knowing Windows, but... good luck! tongue.gif )

If I knew more about SBS 2011, I might be more help.
     
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I am trying to the clone again bc I noticed that it set the system reserved partition to 74GB when it only needed to be 100MB. I am re-cloning and when I went to set the partition size it would only let me decrease it to 730MB. This is much better than 74GB but I would have rather it automatically set the system reserved partition to the same as it was on the HDD (100MB).

I looked into the backup somewhat and found that I may have to reformat the dedicated backup drive in order to be able to start the service back up normally. Hopefully this clone will take care of it.

Thanks again for all the help.
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Could you please tell me how you cloned your RAID 1? Did you drop it to single RAID 0 disk first or did you clone the RAID 1 onto a RAID 1 of the SSDs? Thanks!
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