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Restore Backup to a Bigger Hard Drive

By dindome ·
I have Back office on a Server which has its Hard Drive almost full, I want to format a new drive with a larger partition and use this as a Primary Partition. Is is possible to run a complte backup of the whole drive and restore completly to the newdrive or I restore certain specifics. Now my question is How do I move my User database etc and more importantly, Ms Exchange to the New bigger drive?????

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by syadm In reply to Restore Backup to a Bigge ...

Here?s a way to do it.
We used Ghost by Symantec for this and it worked well.
The system we cloned is a NT4 fileserver with 4 partitions and is still up and running after 2 months..
I had a 8 GB WD drive which was nearly full and bought a 60 GB IBM, plugged it in as slave, ran Ghost from startdisk and
cloned the entire content of the 10GB to the new 60 GB drive while simultaneously resizing partitions to fill new disk.
After that i removed the 10:er and rejumpered the 60 GB to master andset 1 partition active.
After that it has worked like a dream (for being a NT4 system).

Ghost has a bunch of cmd line switces that often has to be used but they are case specific so
You have to figure out Your own by reading the manpages. There are switches for how the boot record should be copied and these are important for the result.
If the new drive doesnt work then You still have the old one intact and can try again.
One word of warning though: Be sure of source and dstination when You clone. If You mix them up You will lose the data.

HTH

Tom

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by garetjax In reply to Restore Backup to a Bigge ...

Good Morning dindome@coraltech.com. A couple of possible "solutions" for you.

1. As already suggested, you could a disk imaging/cloning application like Symantec GHOST to clone the existing drive to the new larger HDD. GHOST can make an exact copy (partitions are the same size on the new disk and the remaining space is "unassigned")or you can modify the defaults to increase the partition size(s) to use all the free space.

2. If MS Exchange databases are the problem, you could install the new larger disk and format it inside of NT to create your partition(s). Once the partitions are active, you can use the MS Exchange Optimizer application to "move" any/all of the Exchange databases/logs to the new disk while keeping your existing disk in place for the OS, etc. The added benefit would be increased Exchange performance due to an increased number of drive spindles.

I hope this information helps.

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