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Adding disk space to a production server with SQL Server 7

I want to add disk space to a production SQL Server 7 server. What is the best way to move the database and log files and move them back once the new hard drives are installed?

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Lock out all of your applications, take a full backup and ship it to another server. Shut down SQL Server and copy the mdf, ndf, and ldf file(s) from another server. Install the drive space and reconfigure your arrays, copy the mdf, ndf, and ldf file(s) back to that machine and start SQL Server back up. If something goes wrong, that is what the backups are for.

 

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