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By stonebridge ·
My file server has ran out of hard drive space-two(6.8GB mirrored) and I have been instructed by my superior to replace the whole drives with two 20GB mirrored hard drives. How do I do this without loosing data in a minimum hour of time. What is thebest way?

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by dmiles In reply to Windows NT Server

1)Cleaning the drives of unwanted files and doing a backup,would be a consideration.
2)Using a third party software such as drive image would be the other.
The best way would be to disregard the time restaints,you may miss something,or cause a problem try to work to hastily,set a plan to do the project while servers are not in use would be a better option.

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by Nick L In reply to Windows NT Server

Have you considered doing something along the lines of:

* Break the mirror on the 6.8Gb drives
* physically remove one hard drive
* move to another server and install so that it is not the system disk.
* Take an image or backup of it.
* replace it with one 20Gb drive
* copy image or backup to 20Gb drive
* Install 20Gb drive in original machine and change boot settings so server boots from this drive.
* Update 20Gb drive with any information that may have changed from 6.8Gb drive left in server whilst this was all going on.
* After checking it works, remove 6.8Gb drive and replace with second 20Gb drive
* establish mirror.

Sounds long-winded but should minimize down time on the service as you can do the transfer of the image 6Gb to 20Gb offline whilst the service is still running from the single 6Gb drive in the server

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