I have a server running Win Server 2k8 R2 Foundation, functioning as a basic file server and CAD software licensing server, with the following situation:
- Originally installed with 2x 250GB physical drives in a mirrored RAID configuration.
- Drives getting full with design work, so need an upgrade soon.
- One drive of the mirrored array has failed, so needs to be replaced.
I've tried screwing around with doing a bare metal recovery via Windows Server backup but got most of the way there and it didn't seem like it'd worked properly. I don't have my original Windows Server install disk, and I don't have anything in the budget to buy some expensive drive cloning software etc. (and any free versions I've looked at won't install on Windows Server / are for personal use only), but I've had an idea and want to know if it's feasible.
I'm currently running with 1x 250GB drive of a failed mirrored array, and I have bought 2x new 2TB drives. I want to end up with a server with 2x 2TB drives in a mirrored array. Can I, using Windows' built-in Drive Management:
- Install one of the 2TB drives.
- Mirror the existing partitions of the 250GB drive over to the 2TB drive.
- Remove the 250GB drive so that the server now boots from the 2TB drive.
- Extend the data partition (i.e. not the OS partition) to fill the remaining space on the 2TB drive.
- Install the second 2TB drive and mirror the partitions from the first 2TB drive to the second 2TB drive.
It seems to me that this should work without having to resort to Windows Startup Repair or third party drive cloning software, but I have limited experience with RAID setups and with Windows Server so I realise that there may be something obvious I am missing.