How to successfully swap out OS Hard Drive on windows server 2008 r2 with Raid 1 on drives.

I have a server with 8 hard drives set up as mirror.  3 drives are 300 GB and one is 146GB.  The os was installed on the 146GB drive.  I would like to swap one of the 300GB drives with the 146.  One option I could put in a 300GB disk and let that mirror over then swap the other one out.  Another I can use systmantec to image a 300GB drive and then swap that out with curren OS drive.  I have never done thsi so I am not sure if either of these will work.  I did try to swap the drive but it did not recognize the 300 GB kept calling it 146.  I did not leave it in long enough to create a new mirror on that drive.  Any help on how to do this without impacting my operating system would be greatly appreciated.
kdschoolAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
How do you have 8 drives in mirror? In mirror you can have only 2 drives. Do you have 4 mirrors?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
What server model do you have?
What RAID controller are you using?
And yes ... what is the actual configuration of disks on your controller?
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sara2000Commented:
Your configuration does not make sense . You have total of 8 Drive and you say OS on 146GB.
have you mirrored 2 off 146GB? and rest of the disks as RAID5 or 10 etc?
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
I have 4 mirrors using Raid 1.  The first one is 146GB  to 146GB  the other 3 mirrors are 300GB to 300GB.  It's and HP Proliant server with 8 hard drives.  4 for the data and 4 for the mirror.  I want to make one of the 300GB the operating system drive instead of the 146GB.  Using Windows server 2008R2 operating system.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
If you rebuild a 300GB drive into a 146GB RAID 1, only 146GB can be used and you will waste the remainder of the space.  You also will NOT be able to use a 146GB drive in an array with 300GB drives.  You didn't say which controller you are using, and I'm not familiar with HP controllers, so you might be able to utilize the space of 300GB drives in your OS RAID 1, but ONLY if you replace BOTH 146GB RAID 1 drives with 300GB drives.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can do what you want.
Backup data from 300GB mirror to external or network drive. Make sure it is less than 146GB.
Backup 146GB mirror as HDD image.
Restore this HDD backup image to 300GB mirror which you copied data from.
Format 146GB mirror and copy data back to it.
For this you will need a backup software tool such as Paragon Hard Disk Manager Server or Ghost or Acronis.
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
Can I do this using Symantec System Recovery.  I need to put the 146GB data on a 300GB drive and make sure the operating system is not affected that is already installed.  Will windows 2008R2 automatically expand the physical space on the drive?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes, you can do this with Symantec as well. The automatic expanding is done normally during restore. When you go through restore wizard check that you get an option - resize proportionally or similar. This must allocate new space to existing partitions during restore.
Or you do it manually after the restore is done - in Windows Disk Management - right click on partition - extend.  But this will work only if the partition you want to extend has free space right after it.
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
If I extend the partiton manually in windows disk management after the restore will it erase the disk or will it stay intact?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
No, extending partitions is not data-destructive.
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
Then could I replace one of the 146 drives with a 300 gb drives.  Let the mirror run over night to mirror it. Then extend that partiton without impacting the os /data on that drive. That would be easier than imaging it.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
You have to replace BOTH drives in the RAID 1.
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kdschoolAuthor Commented:
I know but I have to let it copy over the operating system to the larger drive first.  Swap them out and then replace both with the larger same size drives.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
You won't have any new usable space on your RAID 1 or in your OS after just replacing one disk (which is what is sounds like from your posts you are trying to do).  You must replace/rebuild both drives before you have an additional 146GB of disk space.  Your controller MUST support EITHER 1) expanding the array to fill the available space on the disks, or 2) creation of multiple arrays across the same set of disks to utilize the newly available space.  I don't know which RAID controller you have or what your options are if you replace one at a time like that.  I can tell you with Dell controllers, it would depend on which controller you had - on one controller, the new space would be completely unusable, and on another controller you could ONLY create a second array with the new space, and on yet another you could expand the array to fill the disks ... just to illustrate my point that your options here depend entirely on your controller.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The suggested backup and recovery is the simplest way for you.
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