Windows 2003 Server - Increase Drive SIze

Posted on 2012-08-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-22
I would like to change teh hard drive in my Windows 2003 server but am hoping I do not have to start from stratch

Is there a way to clone the drive on a bigger HD and not loose any of my settings

Any input would be appreciated

Question by:BobMc7771
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    Expert Comment

    Why don't you just put an extra HD in it? But if you really want to change your HD you can clone it.

    Following link will help you with it:
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    You can make a bootable CD or USB stick with Clonezilla Live on it, and follow the Disk to disk clone tutorial on the page (the 3rd one down).

    Author Comment

    I have a RAID-0 setup with 2 36 gig drives

    The 36 gig is the problem - I need more space

    If I clone to a larger drive will the RAID pick up and use the extra space

    I have Dell Poweredge 700 with Dell OpenManage Array Manager

    Author Comment


    I think I have a RAID1

    The Dell Open Manage Array Manager identifies it as RAID1 0

    then lists the 2 36 gig drives
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    Do you have an imaging tool to back up your drive, such as Acronis?  One way to accomplish your goal would be to create a full backup image, delete the array, remove the old smaller drives, install your higher capacity drives and create a new RAID-1 array with them, and then restore from the image onto the new array.  This will require some downtime, but should not take too long.

    The second way is to leave your server running, replace one of the drives with a higher capacity one and let the RAID array rebuild, then remove the other hard drive and replace it with a higher capacity one and again let the array rebuild.  Afterwards, you will need a tool like EaseUS or Parted Magic to resize the partition to make use of the additional space.
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    by:Feroz Ahmed

    There is one way to increase HDD size and it is through PageFile on specific drive ,if there is no space on Pagefile then you can increase hdd with the help of Mirroring which is possible with the help of "strip set with parity " which is nothing but mirroring.Instead you can for adding extra hdd .

    Author Comment

    I will have to purcahse software to backup / restore / clone / resize

    I am interested in opinions as to whether Acronis is better than EaseUS for this

    Thank you
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    Expert Comment

    I have used both, and it depends on personal tastes as to which one you like.  Acronis has a free trial period, but I haven't used their server version.

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