SBS 2011 Essentials - expanding hard drive storage

Hi,

We are running SBS 2011 Essentials on a 1TB hard drive. Predictably, our data partition is running low on space.

We purchased an additional 2TB hard drive, but I'm wondering how to best go about implementing the additional space.

1. Restore from backup onto the new 2TB hard drive? If so, How do I partition the new drive to the same relative proportions?

2. Does SBS 2011 *Essentials* allow for the seamless spanning of an existing partition to a different drive?

3. Is there a better way?

Thanks in advance.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
You could mount the additional drive on a folder rather than its own drive. If you have one area where your storage resources are being hogged, you can mount it temporarily on a different folder, robocopy the data to the new storage, them mount the new storage on the original folder. Thereby making it seamless.

HTH
Gary
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your response.

Network newbie here - all these things can be done with built-in tools in SBS 2011 Essentials?
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Absolutely
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Thank you. I guess the concept I'm having difficulty with is the mounting of drives as folders or drives.

I understand how to use Disk Manager to initialize and mount the hard drive as a drive (D:, E:, etc.). But you appear to be suggesting that I can mount the new hard drive as a "Folder"? Can you point me to the area of SBS 2011 Essentials that allows me to do that?
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Lets say you are wanting to replace d:\data with a mounted volume.  Create a folder on d: called data2 with nothing in it.
When you are in disk manager, while creating the new volume, you get a screen  like this:
mountasfolder1.pngJust select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder. Browse to d:\data2 and continue on.
move your files in from d:\data to d:\data2. Delete data and rename data2 to data.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Great. Thanks much.
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