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windows server 2003 server copy one drive to raid 5

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I have a old hard drive that will no longer be used

we are converting are server to have raid 5

We tried Norton ghost but the server can pass the windows boot screen.

how can i get the windows server installation and all of the server settings over to the new raid 5 hard drives with out using ghost does windows have a software built in to accomplish this task ?

if I back up the drive with all of the settings using windows back up can i than unplug the hard drive and restore the software on the new drives?
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I would suggest using Acronis True Image with Universal Restore.  This should be able to image your system and then restore it with the changed controller.  

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The easiest way I have found is to power down the server then install the new raid card and boot.
Install the needed drivers then clone from the source disk to the new raid array.
The problem I have run into with universal restore is sometimes is doesnt have all the needed drivers.

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We have tried to clone the disk using norton ghost but it would not let us pass the windows boot up screen.

how can we clone the disk using windows back up agent  ?

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You cant you need to use something like Acronis True Image.  Norton doesnt support raid cards very well.  Acronis supports huge amounts which is most likely the issue

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we can not afford that software

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WHat about installing Norton as a normal program then booting the server up using the original disks.  Then I assume you have new disks in for the new array, so basically 2 different arrays.
Once windows boots from the original array then try using norton to clone from array 1 to array 2.

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I think a split between answers 23590708 and 23593156 is acurate
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