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How can I move an entire Windows 2000 server, OS, applications, and data from 3 filled small drives to 3 new large drives on the same server?

Hello, I almost completely ran out of storage space on the 3 existing drives (percraid 0,1,2) on our Windows 2000 server.  We have under 1 gig left and need a serious storage upgrade immediately.  These 3 existing drive are housed in a Dell Poweredge 2600 server with Dual processors and 1 gig memory.  I am running Exchange on 1 drive, an inventory management application on the boot drive, and a financial ledger package on the 3rd drive.  I have the capacity to hold 5 additional drives.  My question is this; can I purchase and add 3 much larger drives to the server and move the operating system, Exchange, applications, and all the data to the new drives?  I am pretty sure this can be done but I am looking to find out how hard this would be to do.  We are in the Northern Chicago area and might be interested in hiring some help with this if somebody can recommend someone.  Any help with this is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!
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I can do it - I'm in Melbourne Australia, You pay the airfares I'll do it for free :D

What does "(percraid 0,1,2)" mean?

I'm guessing, but It sounds like you have RAID5 with disks 0, 1 and 2 as array members. This is OK. You can simply add another disk to the RAID array, then expand it to include the new disk. This will give you freespace on the array equal to the smallest disk in the array, given the age, I'd guess at 36Gb.

Once you have the freespace you can then assign another volume and move stuff over. It's not ideal, as you'll have 4 volumes to manage then. This is the simplest option if the disk is configured as a "basic" disk (Check in computer management under Storage)

If the disk is a dynamic disk you *might* be able to extend one or more volumes into the new freespace. The *might* is because if the volumes were created on the basic disk you cannot extend them, even if they have been upgraded to a dynamic disk. I am not aware of any way to test this beforehand.

The final option is to do as you suggest and add 3 new disks in a new array. Then you can simply ghost the old volumes to the new array, setting sizes for each volume as you go. The old array can then be retired, or reformatted to become a new volume. Here's a hint - set the new array to have the Boot/System partion and one of the data volumes, then ghost the third volume to an image in the new volume. Trash the old array, then ghost the image back over the old array and you get a spanking new disk array with all its glorius size, and get to keep the old array in service...

Rob StoneCommented:
Another option would be to Mount an additonal drive(s) to exisiting directories although again you need Dynamic drives for this.

This way you wouldn't need to change much in file structure however you might have to tweak a few things.
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