Posted on 2001-07-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I use DriveCopyV4 to make exact copies of my hard drives.  It works well in 98/ME but it will not work in W2KServer.

Hardware: 2 Maxtor 30Gig7200Spin drives.

I boot from the 2 DriveCopy floppies and exwecute the command to make a copy of drive 1 to drive 2.  As I've said, it works well in 98/Me, OS/2 & DOS.  I have a seperate drive for each OS and an identical hard drive for each copy.

When I make a copy of W2KServer, it executes OK.  But when I try to boot from the new copies drive I get the error message that tell me that there is no OS associated with the Boot.ini file.  
I only have 1 hard drive in the machine at boot time.  I've compared one boot.ini file with the other and they are identical.

Any ideas 'How To' make an exact bit to bit copy of one W2Kserver drive to another?
Question by:ryan3d
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
LVL 63

Expert Comment

ID: 6334851
Use Server magic from powerquest.com.
Did you check to see if Drivepro will  actually work with win2k Server ?
Most copy programs do not !

Also look at the professional version of Ghost - there is a version for Servers also.

I hope this helps !

Author Comment

ID: 6335045
I try them & let you know how it worked out.

Do you know of a way to copy bit for bit at the hardware level?
LVL 25

Accepted Solution

dew_associates earned 600 total points
ID: 6335058
ryan, you can't replicate Windows 2000 server or workstation installations as you would a Win98 workstation as you must take the SID (Security Identifier) into consideration. You can backup the server install, but you must adjust the SID before it will boot. See the Windows 2000 server resource kit in the MS Knowledge Base.

How Blockchain Is Impacting Every Industry

Blockchain expert Alex Tapscott talks to Acronis VP Frank Jablonski about this revolutionary technology and how it's making inroads into other industries and facets of everyday life.


Author Comment

ID: 6335534

LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 6340214
-Why not mirror the drives & leave the spare on the server incase of failure of disk 0 ? This way the data will always be as current as possible.

Expert Comment

ID: 8515746
Hi ryan3d

- This question is still open and needs to be closed. If any of the comments above helped you, please accept that comment as an answer. If not please send an update about your issue so that the question can be finalised. Thank you

- Experts, please feel free to add any comments in here, if you keep silent points of question can be removed



Cleanup Volunteer
LVL 25

Expert Comment

ID: 8515836
DriveCopy cannot replicate a server installation. My original comment stands.

Featured Post

The Eight Noble Truths of Backup and Recovery

How can IT departments tackle the challenges of a Big Data world? This white paper provides a roadmap to success and helps companies ensure that all their data is safe and secure, no matter if it resides on-premise with physical or virtual machines or in the cloud.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
This is a fine trick which I've found useful many times, when you just don't want to accidentally run a batch script or the commands needs administrator rights.
Michael from AdRem Software explains how to view the most utilized and worst performing nodes in your network, by accessing the Top Charts view in NetCrunch network monitor (https://www.adremsoft.com/). Top Charts is a view in which you can set seve…
Monitoring a network: how to monitor network services and why? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the philosophy behind service monitoring and why a handshake validation is critical in network monitoring. Software utilized …
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month15 days, 16 hours left to enroll

743 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question