Cloning/Moving Windows 2003 on Dell PERC 6 controller
Posted on 2009-04-24
I've got a windows 2003 which came with 2.1 Tb raid 5 array split into two virtual disks 1.7Tb and 350Gb (I dont know why)
Virtual disk 0
OS C: 12Gb
Backup data is E: 1.7Tb
Virtual Disk 1
Programmes D: 350Gb
Which means I have about 300Gb of free space in the programmes partion on a different disk
Rubbish thought I, I want to use that as my backup also
I wanted to resize the 350Gb drive down to 50Gb for OS & progammes and recoup 300gb and paste it into
the 1.7Tb to give me 2Tb. Unfortunately I cant reduce the size of a virtual disk it would seem. Poo!
I wanted to increase the storage also so I've added 4 more disks in a seperate array.
It's configured as 2 disks.
Virtual Disk 2
G: Windows - clone of original C: drive, resized to 20Gb
D: Clone of original programmes partition. (original D: drive has been deleted). System works fine with this
Virtual Disk 3
E: 2048Gb - clone and resized original drive - Original drive e erased. system works fine with it backup to/restore from.
My problem is the OS.
I thought once cloned, I'd take out the old drives and bingo it would fire up (perhaps with a tweaking of boot.ini?)
No joy - so this got me thinking about the MBR was it cloned/want it? Apparently not. MBR is created during install?
So I want to know how to boot of what the system sees as G: at the moment?
Right now I have
Array 1 - 2.1Tb
Virtual Disk 0 1.712Tb
C: OS - 12Gb partition
Remainder of virtual disk is unused space
300Gb of free space that was originally Virtual disk 1
Array 2 - 2.1Tb
Virtual Disk 2 50Gb
G: - Clone of OS 30Gb
D: - Programmes parition 20Gb
Virtual Disk 3 2048Gb
E: Backup data one partition 2048Gb
The option in the perc controller are to add the other 300Gb in as a new Virtual disk only
I cant add to the existing array.
The only other option available is to reconfigure the array as raid 0 but
a) I presume windows wont see it as it bigger than 2tb.
b) Not sure I f I could then resize the array to a smaller raid 5?
Basically I want array 2 to be live with the bootable OS (now G but would be C)
and then take out array 1 and all its disks and reconfigure as a single virtual disk
then split into 1tb, 500gb 500gb partitions for other backup plans
Any ideas how to go about this?