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How replace/add hard drive to ML310 server and clone disk??

Peter Cumming
Occasional Contributor

How replace/add hard drive to ML310 server and clone disk??

I have used Acronis True Image (Home version) for a good number of years. Great product for home use. I know nothing about servers.

I recently was asked to help a friend out who has a server
HP Proliant ML310. A few years old. No documentation or Invoice listing what is in it. Not sure if it is basic model or G2,3,4,5. Have service tag# but do not think HP has service tag lookup like Dell does.

Running Windows Sever 2003. It has 2 drives in it. First is an 80gb drive with 2 partitions. Second drive is a 1tb drive that is connected to an external Raid device via SATA cables.

We Want to replace primary drive with a larger drive due to their running out of space on the stock 80gb drive.

I doubt it is a hot swappable drive-we have to take a look) therefore perhaps we can replace with an off the shelf (Newegg, BestBuy, etc..) SATA 250gb drive,
****Can we do this if it is not hot swappable drive??.

****I may have to hire someone, but in general what is the best way to backup the 80gb drive (with 2 partitions) and restore them to a 250gb drive so that I can replace the current drive and boot from the new one and have the server come up okay??

I assume I need Acronis True Image Echo for Windows Server ($699. I also assume I cannot take out and clone the disk via USB in a Windows XP machine using True Image home).
2***Can I connect a 250gb off the shelf SATA drive that I put in an external USB case to the server and back up the 2 partitions on the first internal drive to the new drive (connected via USB just for cloning) to perhaps a 3rd partition I create
Then I would restore from the 3rd partition to 2 partitions (2 restores)

Am trying to pick the easiest way to backup and restore to a different drive without adding another drive internally to the system.

I know nothing about server partitions and if they are EISA are just NTFS, etc... Not sure about servers. My friend knows about managing servers but not the hardware part.

Thanks
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John A. Myrna
Trusted Contributor

Re: How replace/add hard drive to ML310 server and clone disk??

You are on the right track for an easy migration. Since the 80GB drive is a standalone drive (no raid) it will be easy for you to pick up a drive a best buy or where ever and use any disk imaging software to close the drive to the new one. Your Acronis may work, I have not used it before. I have used Clonezilla (freeware) and Norton Ghost successfully in the past to do this. Even though it is called a server it still operated and behaves like a standard PC so techniques you have used previously should work fine. The only choice you will need to make it how much more space to give to each partition.