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

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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?
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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.
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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.
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It worked! Thank you, please give full points to Darwinian999.

Tom
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