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Adding SATA drives to Windows SBS 2003

By p.kennedy1 ·
Currently have one 160 Gb IDE hard drive and the OS on the C partition (10 Gb allocated) is getting squeezed (slow). Managed to free up about 1 Gig, but it's still well under 30% free. The F partition (Data) has the other 150 Gb with about 34 Gb used. My thought is to add two 320Gb SATA drives and a SIIG, Inc. controller board supporting SATA I (1.5 Gb/s) and RAID 0 or 1. I used Macrium Reflect last night to Image the hard drive onto a Buffalo Linkstation NAS, and hope to install the control board and SATA drives, set them up for mirroring (RAID 1), then restore the IDE drive image to the first SATA drive. Question 1: Will this approach work? Question 2: Will I simply end up with the same problem? (ie the OS partition will still only be 10 Gb). And Question 3: Could I then change the partition sizes for the OS and the Data partitions?

Your help greatly appreciated.

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RE: Will this approach work?

by OH Smeg In reply to Adding SATA drives to Win ...

No it will not because the Drivers for the SATA Controller card and RAID Array will not be present. The system will not be able to boot as it will not see that Controller card let alone the SATA Drives.

To include the SATA Controller Card and setup a RAID Array you need to install 2003 from scratch and press the F6 Key when the first blue screen appears and then insert a Floppy with the RAID Drivers copied to the Root of a Floppy and press Enter when prompted by the Windows Installer.

If you don't have a Floppy available you can make a Slipstreamed Install Disc and Include the RAID Drivers by following the directions here

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6150784.html?tag=rbxccnbtr1

Or using a Product like nLite available for download from here

http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

If you chose to use nLite make sure that you read the destructions on there web Site here

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/Or you could use something like GParted to resize the Partitions

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

Though before proceeding with any of this you should have a Complete Data & Settings Backup unencrypted available.

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