I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 installed on a HP Server with Simple 1 TB HD (no RAID). I need to migrate to a new Dell server with RAID 1 level T630 (2 x 2 TB), just that I'm having a hard time to migrate because the system does not boot.

I've tried the repair of the system through the recovery mode, only first just that the server can only acknowledge the system include the RAID driver manually. I've done repair and I still couldn't solve the problem. Anyone have an idea to solve the problem?

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    How exactly are you trying to migrate? What are you doing? What software/tools are you using? – joeqwerty Nov 14 '16 at 2:30

There is a solution for this.
You can do backup of your existing Win 2008 R2 (over network) and then new install. And when you do new install - you can do recover from backup.
This works across different hardware like a charm.
I've done it at least 10 times.

  • Physical to Physical HP Gen6 BL460c to HP Gen8
  • Physical to Virtual KVM
  • Physical to Virtual VMWare

Have a look at this article where the whole process is explained rather nicely https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755163

You would have to re activate your Windows Product key after this as your hardware changes.

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Migrating between physical servers in the way you're proposing isn't really a thing. Can it be done? Sometimes. It's nearly always quite painful though.

Instead, install a fresh OS on the new server and move services over gradually to the new server until the old one is idle.

In fact, while you're at it, you might as well start using a virtualization layer (either VMware ESXi or Hyper-V), after which you'll never have to deal with difficult migrations in the future.

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