Moving a Windows 2000 Server Installation to a new Hard Drive

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I have a Windows 2000 Server (SP4) Installation that I want to move to a new Hard Drive. Right now it is on a 250 GB Maxtor IDE Drive but I want to move everything to 2 new 250 SATA Drives to take advantage of the SATA Raid that is built-in on the motherboard (Intel S875WP1)on the same box. This is also an ISA Server 2004 Box so I just want to know if there is a quick solution to this without having to reinstall W2K Server & ISA 2004 and then reconfiguring both. Would any Third Party Imaging Software like Norton Ghost or Drive Image do the trick?
ASKED: May 17, 2005  5:33 PM
UPDATED: October 18, 2011  7:53 AM

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If you have Hardware configured Raid, imaging software such as Ghost should recognise the 2 disks as ane drive.

Your best option is to run a test in an isolated environment.

Good luck

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  • Worker1
    ISA server has backup functionality built in. If your win2k doesn't have alot of unique configs then it might actually be better to install win2k and then reload the isa backup config file. Unless you have a way to test imaging software without losing everything (2 machines) this might be your best option.
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  • Ppride
    I agree with Techtone and have in fact experienced this scenario (used 3rd part imaging tools - Symantec Ghost v.8x). My only observations are: 1.) Versions of Ghost prior to 8 do not detect SATA drives (check the Symantec website to see which do). 2.) You will need to load the SATA RAID driver on prior to imaging the drive. Otherwise the imaged drive will not be bootable.
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  • Poppaman2
    If you have an existing motherboard with both ATA and SATA subsystems (controllers), it might be possible to do the following: Clone the ATA drive to the SATA drive (maknig sure to supply the proper drivers to the OS BEFORE cloning, and making sure that the software used (Ghost, Drive Image, Altiris, etc...) is aware of SATA or that you are booting from media which loads the proper drivers. Once you have the OS installed on a single SATA drive, expand the volume, either through the controller BIOS or through manufacturer's storage management software. Be sure that you do not "create" an new RAID volume, as this will overwrite any existing data: you want to CONVERT from JBOD (you might not need to perform the conversion, depending on the controller) and then EXPAND the volume...
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  • Antila
    Hi I've done a similar move only I was using a SCSI raid. I used Ghost and the move itself was without any problem. The only problem I experienced was that the new set of disks didn't get the drive letter C: as expected, but instead E:. This lead to me not being able to log on to the server. Murry Moffatt gave me the solution and it works; http://www.murraymoffatt.com/software-problem-0007.html So don't be afraid - go ahead !
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  • Techtone
    Manster / Everyone Hi I think that the safest and best way to go about this is as i mentioned previosly in an isolated environment. Yes you may have driver issues however Ghost 8 as prev mentioned is much more robust than prev versions such as 7.5. etc... I wouldnt go reloading the MBR at the point "IF" you cannot boot after the image process. First check the HW configuration etc.. Then failing this look into reloading MBR, there are other tools such as ERD Commander (Allows you to access a dead system). Good Luck TT
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