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Migrating Shares on the same file server

I need to move shares from 3 volumes to 3 new volumes on the same server.  Whats the easiest way to do this.  FSMT isnt that good for migrating on the same server.  Other tools wont do shares.  Some will only do shares if they are going to the same structure on the new columes.  

Unfortunately the new volumes are different sizes so I will be moving a few shares at a time to various locations.

Anyone know the easiest and safest way to do this (Windows Server 2003 32bit)?
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What are you worried about?  Share Permissions? NTFS Permissions?

You should be able to just edit the registry and repoint the shares - check out the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\LanmanServer\Shares (Back this up before making any changes - indeed a TEST first would be best.).

If you're worried about NTFS permissions, use Robocopy, XCOPY, NTBackup, or any other tool you want.  
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Both file and share permissions I wish to retain.  So I gues the process would be to use robocopy to move the data and file permissions and then manually edit the share information in the registry.  Then a reboot.

Does this sound right?
You could reboot... I'd just restart the server service... much faster.
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The easiest is if you can move an entire volume at once. Use robocopy to copy everything over, and when you are ready to cut over swap drive letters and restart the server service. That also preserves your backup selections. Otherwise you need to reconfigure your backups, as well as handle each share individually as described by leew.
I am assuming that one volume is being split amongst more than one volume and thus swapping drive letters is out.
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leew is right, use xcopy or robocopy to copy the content, edit the registry and restart the server service. I've done that numerous times for migrating share to same/different server.