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Upgrading a Hard Drive

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#1 dogmar


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Posted 24 September 2010 - 01:23 PM

I have an HP Proliant server running Windows 2003 Professional Edition. In the summer it came up with a low disk space warning and after clearing out all the junk I managed to claw back 12 GB in free space.

The problem I face is that the free space is likely to be used up by the end of the year. I need to install a bigger hard drive. At the moment the server has two 160GB SATA drives. One has two partitions on ( C Drive and E Drive). The other one is invisible so it must be set with a RAID configuration to mirror the other drive.

I want to use cloning software on it like Casper but I am concerned about the RAID configuration. What I understanf about RAID is limited, but I do realise I would have to install two identical hard drives for it to work.

How can I find out what the RAID setting is on the existing drives? I have looked at the HP array manager in Windows, but it says there are no devices attached.

How can I change the RAID config in order to allow me to clone the primary drive?

Once I have cloned the drive and put both the new drives in, how can I re-instate the RAID config so that the second drive mirrors the other?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 24 September 2010 - 02:19 PM

Do you know how to access the RAID COntroller? It will prompt you to hit either ctrl+s to enter the hardware RAID Configuration and in there it should show you what the drives are set up as.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 04:13 PM

First of all you need to know if its hardware or software RAID. You server model number would help as well as we have no idea what it supports.

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