replacing new hard disk in windows server 2008

Posted on 2009-12-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Dear Experts
I am using Windows Server 2008 standard where the OS is installed in the C-Drive, SCSI HDD 36 GB.
MSSQL and work flow application (used for the work allocation which uses the MSSQL for the database) is installed in the D-Drive separte hard disk of 36 GB due to the space issue we purchased the NEW SCSI Hard disk of 146 GB. please help me how to replace the D-Drive (36GB)with the New Hard Disk without affecting the installed MSSQL and the work flow application.
Iam looking for the solution of how to replace the existing D-drive(36GB) with the new146GB but without affecting the installed MSSQL and the work flow application. Installed MSSQL and workflow application should be automatically be in this new drive and function without any problems.
Please help me step by step how to do this. Thanks in advance.
Question by:D_wathi
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    start in safe mode, copy all data from existing hard disk to new hard disk and then assign drive letter D to new hard disk from computer managment
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    You may connect the new drive to your system and copy the whole D: drive to it by some special "drive copy" software.

    It obviously allows partition size extension etc. When the copy is done you will disconnect the old drive and assign D: drive letter to the new one in disk manager.

    I would recommend to stop SQL Server service and work flow app. But it is maybe not necessary because the copy is scheduled after the computer restart when nothing is running yet.

    Disk copy software:
    You may find more such products on the net.

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    A product that I like to use that is free is PartedMagic download able at  It is primarily a partition tool but it does have drive copying capability.  Also I would avoid the first suggestion if your Hard drive is formatted with a NTFS file system.  Simply copying the files through Windows Explorer will remove any file level permission that may be setup.  That method would work if your drive is formatted with FAT32.
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    Follow the instructions of pcelba, I used Drive Copy component of Drive Backup 9.0 in past for such operations. Very easy to perform. And it does run in Windows with no need to boot the server from boot cds.

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