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Migrating a 2 Drive set up to a Single Drive set up RRS feed

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  • Don't ask.......  but..........!

    When I set up my WHS I installed two physical drives, a reasonably fast 1TB SATA II drive and a slower 80GB Samsung IDE drive.  The intention was to have the SATA as the OS and primary partition and use the 80GB for as "off WHS" storage for odds and sods.  So it didn't need to be a fast or a large drive.  The SATA drive is more than twice as fast as the IDE drive.

    However, I obviously got the Bios order wrong with respect to IDE/SATA because WHS installed to the 80GB and then I had to adde the 1TB to the pool.

    I think my system is suffering for the slowness of the "system" drive.  I have another 1 TB drive that I could use to clone the WHS, but I don't know if that is an option or not.  COuld I clone the current C: + D: onto a new single 1 TB drive?  Are there any pitfalls to be careful about?
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 5:11 PM

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    COuld I clone the current C: + D: onto a new single 1 TB drive?  Are there any pitfalls to be careful about?

    Cloning the system drive is unsupported and not really needed. The system drive is no longer the "landing zone" for your shares.

    That said, see this blog post .

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 5:21 PM
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    COuld I clone the current C: + D: onto a new single 1 TB drive?  Are there any pitfalls to be careful about?

    Cloning the system drive is unsupported and not really needed. The system drive is no longer the "landing zone" for your shares.

    That said, see this blog post .

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 5:21 PM
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  • Thanks Ken.  Interesting read.

    As it's not exactly the same as I'd like to do, I'll need to do some extra thinking!

    In so much as you say that "The system drive is no longer the "landing zone" for your shares.", do you mean "drive" or do you mean the 20Gb system partition?

    In my case, the 80Gb drive is split into the (stnadard) 20Gb System partition and the balance of 60GB is the start of the data "pool" as it were.  Do "shares" get written in anyway to this 60GB portion of the data pool (slow drive), or do they get shunted to the physical 1TB drive (forming the latter bit of the notional 1,060 GB data pool)?

    Perhaps its not Disk cloning that I need, rather partition cloning of the complete WHS drive array?

    e.g. 

    WHS

    <---------Physical Disk 1 80GB-----------><-------Physical Disk 2 1000GB ----------->

    <--System 20GB--||<------Pool 60GB ---||--------Pool 1000 GB---------------------->

    <-----  C:\ ------><---------------------- D:\ --------------------------------------->

    The method described was cloning the 80GB disk 1 with a larger capacity version, and "inserting" that before the existing Data Physical Disk 2.

    "All" I want to do is put C: and D: onto a single physical disc.  But I think I'd need to shrink the current D partition by 80GB to allow the cloning to take place.  I don't think that's going to work.

     

    Sorry for speaking out loud, as it were, just mulling over the options/difficulties!

    Thursday, February 18, 2010 6:43 PM
  • Drive = disk drive, partition = partition. I'm careful about my words (usually). :)

    My personal recommendation is to always have at least two drives in your server, and have duplication turned on for all shares. So you would take your small drive and turn it into a large drive somehow. That could be a drive replacement/server recovery, or cloning the drive and extending the data partition following e.g. that link I provided, or something else that works for you. :) also, take a look at this FAQ which goes into what you lose in a drive failure scenario (which is what you have if you pull a drive out and replace it via server recovery).
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 7:10 PM
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