Replace SATA I with SATA II RAID in a windows 2003 server

Replace SATA I with SATA II RAID in a windows 2003 server

Post by zonnelich » Sat, 26 Aug 2006 22:57:33


Hi,

How can I accomplish the following:

I want to Ghost my SATA I RAID, remove the controller and HD's, install
a new SATA II controller and HD's and restore the image.

The procedure I would use is this:

- Install new SATA II controller driver
- Shutdown server, restart with a BARTPE disk with USB support, and
drivers for both controllers
- Take an image with Ghost 2003, on an external USB drive
- Shutdown, remove old controller and HD's, install new controller and
HD's
- Boot into controller BIOS, Configure new RAID
- Boot with BartPE, create partitions, format new RAID
- Restore the Ghost image(s)
- Cross my fingers, and reboot

Would this work? Are there issues?
What about the SID's? Won't Windows 2003 complain you added new
hardware? (It is a standalone PDC, no BDC's)

Am I correct in assuming that a drive has to be larger to be able to
hold the image? Or is this only a Ghost limitation? Are there imagers
that don't have this limitation, that I can use with BARTPE?
Can you take an image of a logical drive, instead of a physical drive,
and restore it succesfully?
Say, the original RAID has 2 partitions, one of 80 GB, and one of 160
GB. Usage is 10 and 20 GB respectively.
Can I successfully take an image on a external USB drive with 2
partitions of 50 GB???

A lot of questions, I know... If I'm in the wrong newsgroup, feel free
to point me in the right direction!

Thanks in advance,

BB
 
 
 

Replace SATA I with SATA II RAID in a windows 2003 server

Post by smesiatows » Tue, 29 Aug 2006 01:10:33

That will work...
Why dont you just install new controller and HD's, then install driver into
OS, and ghost from disc system to disc system? Faster...

jlc

 
 
 

Replace SATA I with SATA II RAID in a windows 2003 server

Post by zonnelich » Tue, 29 Aug 2006 18:13:10

Thought about that, but I only have 2 PCI-X slots. One is occupied with
the old SATA controller, 1 is occupied with a NIC. I could take out the
NIC for a moment...
Are you confident Win 2003 will boot? Won't it detect a hardware
change, and *** up the SID's? Or isn't that a problem with a
HD-controller?