We currently have a Windows server 2003 system that the drive is giving a loud knocking sound. This is generally indicative of drive failure. As this is a production server, we need to be able copy all data over to a new server with a new drive with minimal
downtime. Whats the best way to do this? If we make a backup using the Windows 2k3 backup utility, can we simply install windows 2003 on a new server and then restore the backup?
Is there any way to "clone" or "ghost" the drive so that we have an exact replica on the new drive?
Any method willl work, it all depends on how fast you want it done. Usually with single drives drives that are failing the quickest solution is the best.
A striaght file copy to any other server would probably be the quickest, but won't copy permissions if done via Windows explorer. Use robocopy to copy the permissions, and copy the files.
Use NTBackup to backup the files with permissions. The target can be a tape device or a BAK file on another drive/server. The added benefit is it take less space, but need to be restored to complete the file migration.
Piece meal together anything you can if this is a single drive....better safe and messy then to loose everything.
If the drive is a raid array, then you have a little more time and you could just replace the failing drive without loosing data.
Ghost/cloning is a good soution if have matching hardware, unless you are only cloning the data drive.
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