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Clone Windows 2003 disk [message #163564] Wed, 03 June 2009 11:28 Go to next message
Gaspar  is currently offline Gaspar  Argentina
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Registered: September 2009
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I have a working Windows 2003 64-bit server installed in a 750 Gb SATA disk
(dynamic NTFS partition). Event Viewer is showing some disk errors, so I've
purchased another 750 Gb and I want to clone the whole disk to avoid
reinstalling. I'll use Norton Ghost.

- Should I take some precautions?
- Should I run sysprep or any other utility?
- Will it work? I mean: Will Windows boot?

Thanks!
Re: Clone Windows 2003 disk [message #163565 is a reply to message #163564] Wed, 03 June 2009 11:43 Go to previous message
lanwench  is currently offline lanwench  United States
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Registered: July 2009
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Kirsten <noreply@nospamplease.com> wrote:
> I have a working Windows 2003 64-bit server installed in a 750 Gb
> SATA disk (dynamic NTFS partition). Event Viewer is showing some disk
> errors, so I've purchased another 750 Gb and I want to clone the
> whole disk to avoid reinstalling. I'll use Norton Ghost.
>
> - Should I take some precautions?
> - Should I run sysprep or any other utility?
> - Will it work? I mean: Will Windows boot?
>
> Thanks!

It likely will be fine - and no sysprep or anything should be necessary, but
if you think your disk is failing do at least back up the data first,

For imaging, I prefer Acronis or ShadowProtect, but as long as you're using
a new version of Ghost that supports server OSes, it should be fine. Nice
thing is that you can always go back to the old disk if something is wrong.

I do have to mention that a production server shouldn't be relying on a
single SATA drive. Hardware RAID with SAS/SCSI devices is the only way to go
unless this is a test/play box.
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