Best option to clone a server 2003 drive?

I have a client with a server 2003 box. Best I can tell it's not set in a raid. I know the server has two physical drives. I also see two drives listed in the explorer. Under drive manager it just shows (disk0) and lists the size of each drive next to it. I am not 100% sure its not in a raid because I cant reboot the server. My question is I need to swap these drives out with two larger drives 500gig. I don't know what the best way to do this is and keep all data intact. I would like to use some sort of clone or mirror software but I'm not sure whats the best way to go about this. Any help would be great. Attached is an image of the drive manager.
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ocanada_techguyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you know for sure it has two physical drives in use, and yet in Disk Management you're seeing just disk0, I'd suspect it's RAID.  Probably two drives raid1 mirror to appear as one, and then partitioned.  The 133MB active partition might even be involved in RAID bootstrapping.
You'll want to find out at the HARDWARE level if the RAID BIOS firmware is recent enough to recognize drives that large (probably, but check) or if a firmware update will be required.  Watch it though, if a firmware update is required, then is a driver update also needed for the Win2k3
Finding out what kind of RAID, you'll then research it's abilities.  Some RAID at the RAID BIOS boot stage you press a key to enter into the raid utilities.

What do you backup to?  Using MS Server 2003's backup to tape?  Verify a full backup, and SQL if it's involved.

See if you can attach all four drives to the RAID controller, irrespective of how the raid is configured.  If you can, then with the two 500G as the third and fourth drives, use the RAID bios utilities to prepare the drives as an empty mirror.  This will likely check the drives for bad sectors.  It's always a good idea to low-level format new drives and not trust pre-formatting out-of-the-box
One approach, if it is indded two physical drives in a simple hardware raid mirror, you could probably break/stop the mirrors, delete the 500G large partitions, then use comventional disk image/copying boot CD like gHost or Acronis to copy the remaining master drive without raid active (and not the slave) to a larger 500G drive you attach as third drive, such that the disk copying software will let you increase the size of 2nd and 3rd partition by however much you feel appropriate.  If you find that the disk imaging/copying software cannot see the drives behind the RAID, the computer may have convetional PATA/SATA IDE controller connectors, OR it's a BIOS mode you can switch, OR to be absolutely sure you could try attaching and doing the image copy from small to large over on a different machine you can open up and use temporarily for that purpose.  (Make sure that machine has a good backup too, and always be careful to let power dissipate long enough after disconnecting AC and then touch ground and discharge static before handling connections/disconnections)  Then you'd remove the old and put the new large 500G with 133M, larger C and much larger D partitions in the server and boot from that.  Assuming that works ok, you could likely then attach the second 500G boot into RAID and have RAID re-establish mirroring from the now partly full 1st to the empty second large drive.  You can never use disk duplication as a short-cut to mirroring, whenever a mirror is broken, when it is re-established it invariably rewrites/recreates the entire contents from 1st overtop of second all over again.
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Bryan_GabrielCommented:
Acronis True Image Echo Server with universal restore. This software is AMAZING! Not to hard to use once you get used to it.

http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/server-windows/

Its pricey yes but it will save you TONS of headache on cloning an image. Used it for multiple machines with all flavors of OS's and Hardware to be moved to a virtual machine environment. Also has a universal boot disk you can make from an ISO

AWESOME
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ocanada_techguyCommented:
On the other hand maybe there's not two but only ONE hard disk inside, and everyone just assumes there is two because of the C: and D: drives that show in Windows.
If so, you've only to do the disk image copying part, find yourself a ISO image and make bootable CD from it, even old version of gHost 2001 or gHost 2003 should do it.
Alternatively, I think Acronis has a free 30day trial, decide what machine to put the trial on, should it be leftover on the server?
There are some UNIX boot CD solutions, but based on your initial post and inability to provide needed info before posting I'm unsure if you'd be comfortable with such a route.
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shaynegCommented:
From our experience we have found both Acronis or Symantec System recovery to be the best two solutions. We have had hit and miss with Acronis especially with Universal restore. Symantec System recovery has worked every time even to completely different hardware. This has a trial of 60 days and is well worth a try.
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web-rocketAuthor Commented:
Ocanda, I know for a fact it has two drives, just not sure about the raid configuration. I will have to check on that.
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web-rocketAuthor Commented:
Has  anyone used http://www.disk-image.net/ I am told I can image the current system unplug the old drives and plug in the new drive boot using there software and restore an image.
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lnkevinCommented:
I am told I can image the current system unplug....

I am afraid it isn't that easy. Looks like you have HW raid 1 set up. You can always tell by using Belarc
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

If you have RAID 1 set up (with storage controller) you have to set up RAID again with the new drives. Make sure you logical drive is created then you can restore the image.

Regarding to image software, I rather put the money (or at least use trial version) on reliable source of software: Paragon, Acronis, Symantec... although you may have luck with Clonzilla (freeware).

If you use a cheap or free software to clone image, your chance of having controller drivers is slim. However, you can always repair install the OS with F6 option to insert controller's driver.

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