We have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 running Windows Small Business Server 2003 that is getting very low on disk space on the system drive (C:). Although we plan to replace the entire server within a few months, we need to buy some time by expanding the drive ASAP. (I've already moved everything I could think of off the C: drive.) The current setup is using two 73 GB drives in a hardware-based RAID 1 arrangement. I have two new 146 GB drives ready to replace these with, but the question is how exactly to do it.
Dell tech support recommends the following general procedure for migrating to the larger drive:
1. Take an image of the existing C: drive
2. Swap out the existing disks and build a new mirrored set with the new disks
3. Restore the image to the new drive
The question is: how will I take/restore the image? We have a copy of Acronis True Image Echo Workstation which I have used for images of workstations. Ideally I would like to just boot from the bootable rescue disk I made with this software to take the image to a USB drive. But I'm not sure if the workstation version will work with the RAID setup.
I know Acronis also makes a server version of this software, but it is very expensive, and this is a one time deal. (Although we will probably be looking at the server version as a possible backup solution when we replace the server.) I see that they have a trial version, but there is no room to install it on this server. We have a second server (Windows Server 2003) that has plenty of room, so I could install on that and make a bootable disk from there. Note that I will be doing this over a weekend and can take the server(s) down as necessary for this work.
I would appreciate any comments, based on your experience or knowledge, on any of these options:
1. Using bootable rescue disk created from Acronis True Image Echo Workstation.
2. Using bootable rescue disk created from Acronis server trial software installed on second server.
3. Any other inexpensive option for moving the system drive to larger disks.