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Increase size of HDD in Windows Server Standard 2008 R2 with S100 RAID1.

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Windows OSWindows Server 2008* Disk Cloning
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This is a weekday "production" server for a small office.  A critical element.
It still "works" but some of the backup processes don't work because the HDD data partition is full.
The hard drive has been allowed to get full so I'm trying to put larger HDDs into it.
Dell T110 II with S100 RAID1.  Windows Server 2008 R2 (yes, I know).  Not a VM.
I've already figured out that Clonezilla won't do it.
I've installed and tried Windows Server Backup and it says "success" but clearly fails as the amount of data is too small for the fullest HDD partition of data.
(It has C: for the OS and D: for data).
I'm struggling to get Acronis Cyber Protect trial to install but it doesn't like any user that I give it (with Log On as a Service privilege).
So, I'm rather at "what next?" at this point.

Also, assuming that we can be successful in creating an image of the RAID virtual HDD, I wonder about this:
The plan is to image the HDD and then remove the 2 physical 1TB HDDs and replace them with 2 physical 2TB HDDs.
Then,configure the RAID1 for these two new HDDs (I assume that will be necessary)
Then write the image onto the new virtual RAID1 HDD and adjust the D: partition size.
The one step that concerns me is this:
What if, after the existing HDDs are removed and the new ones installed, I need to put the originals back?
I'd plan to mark them so they go back into the identical channels.
I presume that the RAID1 array will have to be redefined??
What is the risk that the "working" HDDs will no longer work?  That would be a disaster.
Any thoughts?  Precautions?

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