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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--4/27/2000

By ebott ·
A reader tells me he's ready to ditch his 6GB IDE drive in favor of a screaming 18GB SCSI drive. But he doesn't want to go through the hassle of reinstalling Windows 2000 and all his software and customizations. What's the best way to move everything from his old drive to his new one so he can resume working without missing a beat? If a third-party utility is the answer, make sure it's compatible with Windows 2000.

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by Scathis In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Got a Windows 2000 Server? If so, Get RIS, Remote Installation Services, up and running. Then connect to the RIS server and run \\machinename\REMINST\admin\i386\riprep.exe This utility will create an image of your machine as a scripted install. Then just make a boot floppy from the rbfg.exe program, boot your machine with the new drive, login to the domain and pick the image. Windows 2000 Plug and Play will handle the driver and drive size changes.

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by ebott In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

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by jwitt In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

This one is easy just use Desktop DNA from Miramar systems http://www.desktopdna.com/ . I was just at the Spring Comdex show in Chicago and saw this product demonstrated.

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by kakadak In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

You can setup a mirror set which will copy the files over to your new harddrive. A more efficient way is to setup 2 controllers for each harddrive. Mirror sets are the only way the bootup files are copied over, any other fault tolerant type system does not copy over the bootup files.

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by bkaage In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Install the second drive as a slave drive then use IMAGECAST 4.0 to do a direct disk to disk image and have imagecast format the rest of the drive as NTFS. Imagecast is windows 2000 compatible and this whole operation will take less than 20 minutes.

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by sysop In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Add the second drive to the system. Mirror the old drive to the new larger drive. After they synchronize, change the boot.ini file to point to the newly installed drive.

P.S. - Keep the old drive installed, there's never enough room for stuff.

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