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    Upgrading the Hard drive in the domain server

    Thanks to everyone that contributed to the thread that I posted some days ago. I did everything that was advised but didn't work so I thought I may have missed some parts of the advise so I was wondering if someone who has actually done this before to please contact me and write in stages, what needs to be done. Some even suggested that I would have to format the drives in NTFS, before I put the data back.

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    Ok best bit of advice get some pracice kit and set it up to mirror your existing setup and make it work there first, then you will have a better idea of what to do on your production system.

    Or pay someoneto come in and do it and then have them expain it all to you.

    This is not something to be attempted willy nilly.

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    What type of server, and what is the current drive config.??

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    Yes I'm prpared to pay someone if his the right person

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    The server ia AD, DS

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    Some even suggested that I would have to format the drives in NTFS, before I put the data back.
    Without sounding too critical, I would suggest that you do pay or get for someone to do this for you.
    NTFS is the de-facto disk format for Windows servers, and if you don't know what you are doing you can really (and I mean REALLY) make a mess of things. I think, although most here can give lots of advice as to the process and procedure of replacing a new drive, that actual practice of it should not be done unless you are 100% sure that you know what you are doing. Even the preparation for this job would take most of us several days to ensure that all possibilities for data retention, security and replacement are satisfied for both domain services and users files/folders. If you have a school nearby with technical IT staff who can help I would suggest you contact them to see if you can buy some time off them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tushan View Post
    The server ia AD, DS
    yeah but looking at the physical hardware what is the config of the drives. Do you have a raid config or are you running a single drive?, is your Raid HW or software?

    Answering that can help to understand what you can do with the server and the space.

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    Sorry about the misunderstanding. The curriculum server has sets of RAID set up.

    2x 75Gb in RAID one for the system software, and 3x 146GB Hard Drives in RAID 5

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    and what do you want to do with the HDD's are you saying you want to replace the current drives with faster drives or are you wanting to increase the space?

    Are the drive Hot swap or internal

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    The current is full and the school hasn't money for anew server so we're trying to replace the 146gbs with 300gbs. No the hdds are not hot swapable

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    Hey Tushan,

    Have you considered looking at some form of NAS box or external enclosure to add additional storage to the network ?

    Would be much simpler than having to mess with the server.

    My concern is that if your server is running out of space and doesn't have the ability to expand the array / add on additional storage, it maybe better planning to refresh this at some point in the near future before you outgrow it again.

    How old is your server / is it a branded bit of kit (HP,DELL etc?).
    Last edited by VeryPC_Ed; 10th September 2012 at 04:43 PM.

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    I think the box is an HP bvut labelled by RM

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    RM never did any HP kit unless they took over/installed on an existing system. RM build all their boxes on Chenbro chassis and Intel reference boards.

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    It is RM build

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    I'd look at options to add on storage somehow within your budget rather than trying to retrofit more drives yourself, especially if you are not confident in the process.

    If it's just general file storage where speed is not a critical factor, you could look at something like an external NAS device with raid controller or a separate standalone box (ReadyNAS or something similar), which should be cheap enough to justify.

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