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Upgrading (Swapping) drives on NT Server

By macman ·
Hi all,

I have a dream...
In that dream I want to take an existing small disk which is installed on an NT server and change it with some larger disk which is located on some Windows 2000 Pro. machine.
The task is as following:
1. Copy entire data from the small to the large drive.
2. operate the large drive on the NT server as the main disk
3. transfer the information with the Windows 2000 to the SMALL (which means that step 1 should not include deleting the LARGE drive)
4. be happy that everything is working as expected...

* I guess that my solution involves Norton Ghost, or PowerQuest Partition Magic.
You are welcome to offer your ideas about the best way to implement such task...

1500 points for the BEST answer I will choose to use (if it works)... :-)

Thanks,

Oded.

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by RonnonF In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

I would say you might want to use both Ghost (even an older version) and PQMagic. First you would need to take a snapshot of the large drive using GHOST. Store the image on the network or zip drive.
Then blast the larger drive and connect the drive to the NT machine. Run GHOST to image from drive to drive, opposed to saving an image file. Now if you want to leave the default partition settings alone you are ready to rock and roll. Otherwise, run PQMAGIC to resize the partition. Remember FAT16 cannot be larger than 2047mb.
Blast the small drive via repartition or reformat and throw the Win2k image onto the machine via GHOST. After you are finished you can resize the partition with PQMAGIC.
GLUCK.

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by macman In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

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by SyscoKid In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

#1 sounds good, but unless the two machines have identical hardware, you should be prepared to face some compatibility issues - video driver, network configuration, and so on. I suspect you'll need to do considerable tweaking to get everything running exactly right.

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by macman In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

I'm not sure you have got my point.

I'm not intending to run the W2K as the server, just to use it's disk, and then get back everything in place, but with the 2 drives in the opposite computers :-)

Let me know for ideas...

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by jaeath In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

If you have another PC with a drive with enough room to store the data from the drive with the least amount of info on it, put both of them in that PC. I think you can figure the rest out from there :) If you can't e-mail me jaeath@www.com

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by macman In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

again, I want to use just 2 computers, which their disks are the one in question...

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by SRisner In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

If you have access to a third hard disk drive which can be/or is, formatted using DOS, you could use Power Quest Drive Image. (included with Upgrading & Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller 11th edition) Boot the program from floppy with the third drive installed on the secondary IDE in each machine to be duped. Create an image onto this third drive. Then restore the opposite image between drives. PQDI will also allow resizing of partitions to simplify the process. You could then burn a CD with these images and have a reliable backup for any future "dreams".

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by macman In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

My question is about avoiding the 3rd disk, since I don't have one in handy, that's mostly the question, of HOW to avoid using 3 disks.
with 3 disks it was probably already all behind :-)

Oded

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by Sorites In reply to Upgrading (Swapping) driv ...

I have done somthing close to this before but I was replacing an old failing drive with a new one for NT 4.0 side of this, however I have tranfered data for a W2K drive like this as well.

First: Shrink the partitions on both drives by using PQMagic, make the new partitions the minimum size that with fit the data on them. (It works best if you run Norton Defrag on 4.0 and MS Defrag onthe W2K machine.

Second: Use PQ Drive Copy to copy the small partitions to the empty spaces on the oppositedrives((AX)/(BX)=(AB)/(BA) where the empty space is denoted by the X's and the original data A and B is on both drives at the same time).

Third: Use PQMagic again this time remove the partitions from the drives that contain the "Old" data, resizethe new partitions, and finaly MAKE THE NEW PARTITIONS ACTIVE.

Now all of this will work fine if you. I use a DOS based PQ set I don't remember the versions, but they don't support patitions past 8Gigs so after you go through it my way you mayneed to load a Win32 PQMagic and resize it again. Watch out for the partition limits of NT 4.0. In this method You are tranfering and manipulating partitions not individual data pieces, the important thing about this is it overrides security and retains boot sector for the partitions. The one problem I have had is with NT 4.0 I have lost the MBR and had to reinstall the bootblock.

Good luck and send any inquires to nates@grgig.net

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