Expanding Mirrored drives to larger hard drives

System is a ML350 G4 with the onboard raid controller. There are two drives, mirrored running SBS 2003. The drive has 700MB of free space and VSS, file rep, etc... has stopped working becasue of this. I would like to swap the drives one at a time to large 72GB drives waiting until they rebuild each, and then expand the array. First of all, is this possible with the controller? If not can I use Windows or a 3rd party program ( Partition Magic) to do this? I have removed all programs, logs, exchange is on a different drive as well as the page file, from the system partition. I belive adding larger drives is my last option.



16.4GB
aiscomAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

chikenheadCommented:
It depends on your raid controller.

I would recomend you ghost the system, install the new disk, and load the image to the sevre with ghost.  Ghost will allow you to resize the image to the size of the new volume.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
NeilParbrookCommented:
Hi

Normally 20GB (sometimes less) is ample for the system partition on SBS.

Have you read this it may help free up some space.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sbs/2003/maintain/movedata.mspx

How big is the system partition?

NeilParbrook
0
aiscomAuthor Commented:
Smartarray 641 controller card, hope this helps
0
Get your problem seen by more experts

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

aiscomAuthor Commented:
16GB is the size of the system partition
0
NeilParbrookCommented:
Bit tight but if you follow all steps in the above document it may free up enough space.  Else you'll have to change the drives.  IF you raid controller and system allow it then ghosting would be the route I would take.


0
aiscomAuthor Commented:
All of the folders in that link have already been moved previously, public folder, client apps, exchange, etc.. all are on different drives.
0
NeilParbrookCommented:
Then yes you will need to upgrade the hard drives.

I would ghost off the image of the current drives using a server compatable ghost software.  Then change the drives build the array and ghost back on.

Remember to mark the old drives 1 and 2 so you can put them back in in case of problems and perform a full backup before doing anything.

NeilParbrook
0
aiscomAuthor Commented:
With the Ghost I will most likely be using Norton Ghost, or even Acronis True Image, is one better then the other for this?
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
SBS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.