Setup: Dell PowerEdge 2800 server with SBS 2003. RAID 1 using dual 73 GB drives.
Problem: We need to replace both drives with new 146 GB drives and at the same time expand the C and D drive partitions. Currently the C drive is factory set at 12 GB and we want to expand it to 40 GB.
This is a 5 year old server and with new drives and more space we plan to use it for another 3 – 5 years.
I’ve researched this extensively and understand there are methods to clean up the C drive etc but we would like expanded space on new drives.
We did purchase and try Paragon Migration Suite for Server which appeared to be the ideal product for this job. Unfortunately during the migration and partition resize the error “File system has allocation errors due to cross-linked files” appeared and the process failed. Extensive research of this error concludes the best fix is to re-install the OS and applications, which we are trying to avoid. We did try the standard chkdsk options to no avail. Some suggested to defrag but defrag does not work well when low on disk space.
By the way, Paragon Migration Suite for Server was able to clone the drives to the new drives if we did not resize the partitions (no cross-link errors received). This allowed us to perform chkdsk and defrag attempts without altering the original data drives.
Question1: Why does the cross-link error only appear during the migration AND resize but not during just a migration?
Question 2: Has anyone been able to accomplish a successful migration and resize on SBS 2003 and how did you do it?