Solved

move Windows 2003 from single SATA drive to hardware RAID 1 SATA

Posted on 2006-07-13
5
934 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have a Windows 2003 server using a single SATA drive. I need to install an Adaptec SATA raid card and two SATA drives in a RAID 1 configuration and move the whole installation over to this array. A full tape runs every night, but I'd rather not run an extra one, reinstall the OS, and restore the tape, just to move to RAID, if I don't have to.

However, I've noticed in some previous attempts to move from booting Windows from a single drive to booting from a RAID array, by just cloning the drive, that Windows will sometimes bluescreen with "missing boot device" if it cannot find the original boot device it expected.

What's the best way to do this?
0
Comment
Question by:tomheard
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 15

Accepted Solution

by:
Darwinian999 earned 250 total points
ID: 17104785
The first thing to do is to leave the original disk alone and install the RAID controller (with or without disks attached), so that Windows will load the driver for the RAID controller. Now you can shutdown windows and image the old disk to the new RAID set, then remove the old disk. It's very important that you remove the old disk before you try to boot Windows from the RAID set, otherwise Windows will continue to try to use the old disk.

I normally use the dd utility in a Linux rescue CD to perform disk imaging (it creates a forensic image of the disk), but Acronis TrueImage, Ghost, WinImage or any of the many other imaging tools should be fine too.
0
 

Author Comment

by:tomheard
ID: 17106083
Wow, thank you for your quick answer. I need to order the drive controller, the 2 extra drives are already here, and then try it, if it works I'll give you the points.
0
 

Author Comment

by:tomheard
ID: 17511732
It worked! Thank you, please give full points to Darwinian999.

Tom
0

Featured Post

The Ultimate Checklist to Optimize Your Website

Websites are getting bigger and complicated by the day. Video, images, custom fonts are all great for showcasing your product/service. But the price to pay in terms of reduced page load times and ultimately, decreased sales, can lead to some difficult decisions about what to cut.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

by Batuhan Cetin In this article I will be guiding through the process of removing a failed DC metadata from Active Directory (hereafter, AD) using the ntdsutil tool in a Windows Server 2003 environment. These steps are not necessary in a Win…
On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will become End of Support, leaving hundreds of thousands of servers around the world that still run this 12 year old operating system vulnerable and potentially out of compliance in many organisations around t…
There's a multitude of different network monitoring solutions out there, and you're probably wondering what makes NetCrunch so special. It's completely agentless, but does let you create an agent, if you desire. It offers powerful scalability …
Michael from AdRem Software explains how to view the most utilized and worst performing nodes in your network, by accessing the Top Charts view in NetCrunch network monitor (https://www.adremsoft.com/). Top Charts is a view in which you can set seve…

724 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question