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Exchange 2003 Dilemma

Hello experts,

I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands and I'm not sure the best approach to buying some time out of our 9-year-old 2003 Exchange server. Our 2010 upgrade is happening within the next 2 weeks and the ball is rolling with that, but just as of this week, we've had a bunch of issues with our current Exchange box...users reporting "Contacting the server for information", slowness, Outlook 2010 not responding, etc. After research, it appears that highly fragmented drives might be causing the problem.

Here's the current specs of our 2003 box:

Dell PowerEdge 2650
1GB RAM
Intel Xeon 3.06GHz

System C:\ = 16.9GB total, 2.42GB free
Logs and Database D:\ = 136GB total, 103GB free

C:\ is two mirrored drives, and D:\ is believed to be RAID 5 with 3 drives. I am not sure of the best way of determining D:\'s RAID layout. Should I bring the server down and boot into the RAID BIOS to see this?

C:\ is reporting 48% total fragmentation, with 80% file fragmentation.
D:\ is reporting 46% total fragmentation, with 93% file fragmentation.

I just need to buy enough time out of this server last 2 more weeks, and to migrate our mailboxes (about 80 currently) to the new servers. Should I defrag these drives, and what should I do before defragmenting?

Thanks so much for your help with this mess I've inherited!
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Thanks guys, I'll look into OMSA this morning. Also, I forgot to mention it has a Dell PERC 3/Di controller.

The most RAM I can give it is out of a decommissioned 2650 we have--and only 512mb max that I can add. Better than nothing, I suppose. I will factor that in once I get a plan together for some overnight downtime.

Still considering the limp-along idea though too, with our imminent upgrade...Pickle indeed. No complaints yet from our users today so far though.
I, for one, cannot believe it ran very well at all with only 1gig of ram.. That's just, like wow. :)
Thanks for the help guys--we decided to limp it along and it's been doing OK. Tomorrow is it's last day serving us for 9 years and we are moving to Exchange 2010 in the evening.