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Ghosting SCSI Raid 1

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Hello.  This is a multiple part question....we have a Win2K server at work w/20 workstations.  We have outgrown the SCSI Raid 1 drives and need to ghost over to new ones.  First of all, should I switch to another Raid?  Secondly, what program is the best? I have a huge USB hard drive, so I guess I can put the image onto that.   Lastly...what steps should I take to ghost....I mean what are some of the little things people forget?  Thanks so much.
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This would partially depend on how many existing SCSI drives are within your server.  If you are looking to move all the data off of those sets of disks, you could use a ghost boot floppy, or Ghost's Imagecast.  You could pull the images down from the server to another set of drives or machines using Ghostcast.  But if you are going to larger drives, remember that you will not be able to alter the size of your boot partition before or after you image.

In regards to your question of going to another RAID level...that would depend on what your demands are.  If this environment is performance intensive, then you cannot beat the performance of RAID1 or 10.  If this is just file / database storage and your controller can handle it, I would personally step up to RAID5 to utilize as much space as possible.  Ideally you want 4 or more drives if you are going to RAID5 so there is not a huge performance degradation in the event of a drive loss.

Take a look at Ghost and research Drive Image Pro also.  Both of these programs can help you achieve what you want to do.  In regards to the little things people forget...it's always something.  Use common sense, leave yourself plenty of time, a fall-back route, and know your hardware...specifically your RAID controller.  Windows 2000 can be funny when it comes to booting up to a new RAID configuration...I've seen migrations from RAID1 to RAID5 cause a lot of bluescreens.
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So I can't ghost onto a bigger hard drive?  Do you think mounting a drive to an external USB or a SCSI drive would be better?  Thanks!
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Sorry, I should ask what you meant by not altering the size of the boot partition.  That's where they put all of the info that I need to work with.  Thanks.
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