Question What is the best way transfer or copy data from one storage only drive to another storage drive being added?

SupportTech2001

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I currently have D and E partitions on one physical drive, I ran out of space and now each will have their own physical drive. This is a Windows Server environment.
 

LinuxDevice

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Personally, when I do something like this, I pull the drive from the Windows system and work with the old and new disk on a Linux system, but there is a learning curve to that. A friend of mine who runs a PC support business uses cloning software which runs on Windows unless there is a drive error involved, and in that case, the work gets transferred to Linux. There are a number of cloning apps you can get for Windows, just search Google for it.
 

SupportTech2001

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The data is being used live by users so I am sure it will need to be done after hours. I want to know if I can do this with little to no downtime.
The client is worried about the disruption of service. I mainly worried about the connections and mapping to programs and not being copied also.
 

ex_bubblehead

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You need to use an imaging solution such as Macrium reflect. In a server environment you can't just copy/paste across volume boundaries without losing permission flags and such, you need to do a proper image copy. If you then ensure that the volumes are remapped the same name as they are now you'll be golden.
 

USAFRet

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This could be very easy, or reasonably difficult, depending on the environment. Which we out here know nothing about.
There is no singular "best way".

Some things to think about:

  • Amount of data. 10GB is different than 50TB
  • What is this actual data? A bunch of funny cat videos, or a SQL database?
  • What is your relationship to the owner of this system and data? Your employer, your client, you...?
  • Downtime...Required. Schedule this, and notify the users. "The system will be offline Sunday evening from 5PM to 11PM for maintenance"
  • You DO have a known good 100% backup of the whole thing, right?
  • If you use a tool like Macrium mentioned above, you'll need the Server version ($$)
  • Plan this out. Document it. Don't just wing it.
  • Have you done something like this before?
 

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