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By Mark ·
I have a need to upgrade the hard disk on a Netware 3.12 Server. I can use Symantec Ghost to copy the drive to the bigger drive, but the Volume size remains unchanged. Install reports the Netware partition size is the full size of the drive, but thevolume size is unchanged. I can't create any new volumes or use any more of the disk. I am going from 1GB to 20GB. I tried another utility called drive upgrader but it also didn't work. I see PowerQuest makes Server Magic, but I really didn't want to spend $495 for a one time thing (I could buy 5 HD's for that!). Any suggestions?

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by darin.zimmerman In reply to resize netware partition

The easiest way is to create a new volume/partition on the new disk drive. Copy all your data from the old volume to the new one. Netware will only allow one Netware partition per disk drive. Using GHOST won't get you anywhere with this one.

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by Mark In reply to resize netware partition

This is the SYS Volume. Not all files will copy. Ghost does work fine for the copy, just not resizing the volume.

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to resize netware partition

I agree with the first poster. Create a new volume, and copy the data over.

If this is the only drive in your system, remember to copy over the DOS partition as well.

Also, go to Novell's website, and download Tbackup and use that to create abackup of the trustee assignments so that you can restore them all in one quick operation.

The other alternative is that if your first drive is still good, then just leave it in place, and create a new partition on your new hard drive. Then spanthe volume onto the new drive as neccessary. I'd recommend spanning in maybe 10 Gigs, and leaving the other 10 alone for now (but include all 20 in the partition). That way, when space gets tight, you can just expand it again, immediately. Be careful though, you can't do it too often. You can only have 7 segments.

Kev.

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by Mark In reply to resize netware partition

I still would have to load the OS all over again which is on floppy disks - ugh!. Also, I am actually replacing the file server with a new one and they don't want any of the old parts in the new system. The old drive is a 1G SCSI. I am also going tomirror (2) 20G IDE drives once I get the data transferred. The amount of time to reload Netware from scratch, backup and restore data is starting to make Server Magic look more cost effective even at $495. Has anyone used this Server Magic before? I'd hate to buy it to find out it doesn't fix things for me.

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by papachuck In reply to resize netware partition

Get server magic.....Wonderful program and will do just what you want with minimum fuss and bother. Have used it for years and keep it current just in case. Also you can contact them and get a trial version. This may allow you to do what you wantone time and not have to buy the whole thing....From the time wasted on other products and crashed servers Server magic will pay for itself in the long run......Good Luck....Chuck

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by Mark In reply to resize netware partition

Well, I got Server Magic and it didn't work. At least with the partition that Ghost created. Kept saying an error with the partition table. Also the product is not support by Powerquest for Netware 3.12. Guess I'll just go thru the long process of setting up the server from scratch and doing a backup/restore. Thanks

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by estebandelatorre In reply to resize netware partition

Due to the fact that you plan to make a mirror with the 3.12, I recommend you install the new server from diskette, and setup a new server, then issue a restore or copy the system files (all but autoexec.ncf, startup. ncf and other server specific files) in order to make the new server boot with the new hardware and have all nlm and service pack installed, needed for your current environment.
Set & Test your mirror hd subsystem, consider here the creation of a new volume and split info in morethan one volume, and when ready issue a backup & restore of the different files and bindery.
Then remove the old server and change new server's name to the old's server name.
Double check if 3.12 can hold a 20GB volume size...

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by Mark In reply to resize netware partition

The reason I posted this question was to avoid all this time. The time spent doing this would approach an economic equilibirium to buying the Server Magic. I was hoping for a quicker, more economical solution. I would also need an SMS compliant backup solution which is more money.

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by wcraigmiles In reply to resize netware partition

Servermagic works. I have used it several times and the companies think I am some kind of magician. If that is not an option, then its backup and rebuild time.

Stak's older Replica backup software worked at the block level so it captured open files. It will do a restore quite nicely.

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by Mark In reply to resize netware partition

Thanks anyway. See my response to Answer 3.

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