Upgrading SBS2008 Hard drives
Posted on 2009-02-23
Hi, I wonder if someone can help in advance to a problem I have. I migrated a SBS 2003 to a new HP GL360G5 server and all went well, but it was soon clear that I had speed issues. The server has 2 3.33ghz dual core processors, 16GB ram and 4 x 250GB (raid 5) drives SATA 5.4k drives. I have spoken to HP and it's clear my problem is at the drives. The queue lengh is nearly always at 100% for the drives so I need to replace them. Trouble is there is no space in the server to create a new raid and move items like the exchange data to.
What I plan to do is backup the data
shut the server down
Use Ghost to create an image of the server
replace the drives with 4 x 15k SAS drives
Use ghost to put the image onto the new SAS Raid
In theory this should work, but I'm just a little concerned about windows not being able to boot from the new image. My concern is SBS2008 reporting inaccessible boot device, even though the raid controller is the same. I have only just installed SBS for the first time on this server and I would never think about SATA drives for any SBS install (this was not my choice)
Has anyone done this before, or have advice on how to move over to faster drives?