Windows 2003 Server Upgrade and Previous Partitions
Posted on 2004-09-28
I inherited the administration of a Windows 2000 server.
The server is a Windows 2000 Advanced Server which I just increased the memory from 128MB ECC to 640MB ECC (not sure why they only had 128MB on a server but hey.....)
They also have two SCSI drives (20GB) that has been partitioned and mirrored (sort of - yea it gets worse).
C: (7GB BOOT DRIVE) is not mirrored. Its on the second SCSI disk.
D: (2GB SYSTEM DRIVE) is not mirroed. Its on the first SCSI disk.
F: (12GB DATA DRIVE) is mirroed across both drives.
5GB unpartitioned space on disk 1.
Personally I wouldn't have done it this way myself. The D drive contains the BOOT.INI and the i386 fokder (thats it - not even the pagefile)
The way I would have done it and the way I want to change it is to eliminate D partition completely (SYSTEM - NOT BOOT) and make the C parition both the SYSTEM and BOOT parition and then mirror it over to where D used to be on the first SCSI drive (and using that extra unused space.)
As a sidenote the F partition is on a different area on the first drive so I will need to break that mirror as well and delete the duplicate parition and recreate that mirror once C is taken care of.
So how can I move the system to the boot drive or can I more easily accomplish this with my scheduled Windows 2003 Server upgrade? Its gonna be an upgrade and not a fresh install - so I had a bad feeling its not going to let me change boot/system drive information via an upgrade.