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Swapping the SYS Volume's Disk

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Paul Thompson
Novell, Inc.

01 Jan 2001

This procedure lets you swap the disk drive that contains the SYS volume with another disk in the same server. You might find this particularly useful if you ever have to upgrade server hard drives without using tape:

Install the new drive in the server. Note that steps 2, 3, & 4 are needed only if the system boots from the disk you are changing out.

Using FDISK, create a DOS partition of about 100MB.

Format the DOS partition with /S to include boot DOS files.

Copy all files from the "to be replaced" DOS partition over to the new drive with something like XCOPY C:\*.* D:\ /S /E /V.

Restart NetWare from the original C: drive.

Create a NetWare partition on the new drive using the INSTALL utility.

Create a NEWSYS volume on the new drive using the INSTALL utility.

Copy data from the SYS volume to the NEWSYS volume. Keep in mind that NCOPY doesn't retain rights, so you should use a utility like Arcserve's copy function, or something like the FSTrust utility. (You can find the FSTrust utility at

Use INSTALL's DSMAINT to back up NDS to the NEWSYS:SYSTEM directory.

Dismount volume SYS.

Dismount volume NEWSYS.

Rename volume SYS to OLDSYS.

Rename volume NEWSYS to SYS.

Use INSTALL's DSMAINT to restore NDS.

Restart the server.

Add the license(s) back .

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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