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By RonScott ·
I would like to replace the SCSI hard drive in the win2k server and make an exact copy of the drive.
Tried drive copy, drive image and ghost none of these work on servers.
Anybody know of a foolproof method ?

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by Maelgwyn In reply to Server hard drive replace ...

Have you tried to move the hard disk onto a machine which isnt running server? The data will be identical, just that you cant have server running to do it. Either that or invest in the enterprise data copying tools.

Maelgwyn

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by RonScott In reply to

I would like to do a copy of the C: which has the o/s on it to a new HD.

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by RonScott In reply to Server hard drive replace ...

The drive that I want to replace has the o/s on it. What enterprise data copying tools are you refering to ?

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by CG IT In reply to Server hard drive replace ...

humm need more info like how many SCSI drives you got running. Are they in a performance array or mirroring array? How do you currently back stuff up on the server?

We backup the entire system on Travan tape once a month with incremental stuff in between. We can restore with em in case of hardware failures.

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by RonScott In reply to

We have 2 SCSI HD's. They are not in an array or mirrored. One has the data and the other has programs and o/s on it and I would like to do a copy of the c: drive to replace it with a new one as it has been working 24/7 for 4 years

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by ozi Eagle In reply to Server hard drive replace ...

Hi,
I suspect that you probably can't mirror or copy a HDD with the operating system, whilst the OS is running. Drive image runs under DOS, booting up from diskettes.

Try restarting the server computer with the drive image boot disk and doing your disk to disk copy then.

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by RonScott In reply to

When drive image detects the server o/s it wont work.

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by rvc59 In reply to Server hard drive replace ...

Try True Image by Acronis. The program create a bootable cd. This way, the program couldn't care less what OS you are running. After booting, you can then create an image of the drive you want copied. In the same manner, you can then dump your image into a new drive. The only drawback is that this program will not work with dynamic drives. If you set up your drives as dynamic, then I would suggest you use Server Protect by Power Quest.

Hope this helps

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by wlbowers In reply to Server hard drive replace ...

Shutdown the machine and install the new drive.

Once the machine is up mirror the two drives.

Once the mirror is established break the mirror.

Remove the drive. It will be an exact copy.

Lee

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by RCOM In reply to Server hard drive replace ...

You just need ghost.

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