Cloning SATA Drives in SCSI Array
Posted on 2009-04-09
I have a Dell PowerEdge 1800 Server (running Windows Server 2003) with two Western Digital SATA drives. I believe they are running in RAID (with one drive mirroring the other). Unfortunately the drives are only 80 Gigs each and they are just about full, so I plan to replace them with two 320 Gig SATA drives that I am about to purchase.
I am thinking of using Clonezilla, which I have used before but only to clone single IDE drives, never in a RAID scenario.
I am wondering if I should clone the drives to an single IDE drive in an external enclosure first, then remove the 2 internal SATA drives and install the 2 new drives and then clone back from the external drive back to the 2 new drives?
I am not sure if this makes sense or not. I guess the other option would be install the 2 new drives in the 2 free drive bays inside the server, connect them to SATA controller card, and clone directly from the old drives to the new. But my concern is that then I will have to mess with the RAID BIOS setup program (which scares me somewhat) so that I have 2 pairs of SCSI HDDs operating independently from each other.
My other question is whether Clonezilla will allow me to clone to the 2 new drives at once OR will I have to run the cloning procedure twice (first on one HDD & then on the other)?
If there is another program (other than Clonezilla) that would be better suited to my situation, please make suggestions.
Thanks in advance.