RAID – Upgrading disks to larger ones

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Hi all, I wrote not long ago about the best way to upgrade disks when using RAID1. I've now managed to copy all contents from my 2 original volumes, into 2 identical (but larger) volumes on the new larger disk. I used Ghost for this, by making a backup of first the system volume, then the data volume, storing them on a 3rd disk, and then using the "Restore" function in ghost to write the data to the 2 volumes on the new, larger disk. My issue now, is to simply remove the original disk, and boot from the new disk. I first left all disks in the server, and attempted to modify the boot.ini file and boot from the new disk, but I stumbled onto hardware problems, Microsoft's website said it was driver related - so I used the Hardware manager util in Windows to find out which driver was being used on my SCSI controller, and then placed that onto my boot floppy, and renamed it to Ntbootdd.sys but I still received the error. I then abandoned the boot.ini method, and simply swapped out the old small disk, and placed the newer larger disk in it's place and attempted to boot from that. I got a non-system disk message. I'm stuck. Here is some misc info that may be useful: Windows hardware info: Compaq BF14688286 - 148GB - Bus0 TargetID 4 - Disk 1 Compaq DDRS-39139W - 8GB (boot) - Bus0 TargetID 1 - Disk 0 SGI IBM DNES-309170Y - 8GB (empty) - Bus0 TargetID 8 - Disk 2 My server's boot.ini file: [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Web" /fastdetect multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)WINDOWS="Boot Mirror C: - secondary plex"

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Did you make active the boot partition using FDisk? This is most likely your problem. Try this first and then check back with Microsoft. They probably have a solution for this.

There might be a compatibility issue among your hard disk drives. Make sure that the hard disk drives you are using have the same type of disk such as DDR1, 2, or 3. In addition, you don’t really need to modify any boot.ini file because you are just making things harder. If you believe that it might be an operating system problem, you have to reinstall the entire operating system.

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  • Linger1974
    That was it! I marked the partition as active, and away we go! lol Thanks to all who replied, the devil is in the details, as they say... Best, Mark
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