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

Posted on 2006-07-13
Medium Priority
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?
Question by:tomheard
  • 2
LVL 15

Accepted Solution

Darwinian999 earned 1000 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.

Author Comment

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.

Author Comment

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


Featured Post

Get your problem seen by more experts

Be seen. Boost your question’s priority for more expert views and faster solutions

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

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…
While rebooting windows server 2003 server , it's showing "active directory rebuilding indices please wait" at startup. It took a little while for this process to complete and once we logged on not all the services were started so another reboot is …
If you are looking for an automated solution for backup single or multiple Office 365 user mailboxes to Outlook data file, then you can use Kernel Office 365 Backup & Restore tool. Go through the video to check out the steps to backup single or mult…
Watch the video to learn how one can deal with PST file corruption issue with an outstanding Kernel for Outlook PST Repair Tool easily. Using this tool, non-technical users can swiftly perform the repair process to restore their essential data witho…

607 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