500pts: Hard Drive Upgrade - Ghost 9.0 and Partition Magic?

Hi there,

I am planning a hard drive upgrade on windows 2003 server and i have the standard version of Ghost 9.0 (not the Enterprise/server version).

My question is I just want to clone my old drive to my new one ... thats all. Can i do this with Ghost 9.0 Standard edition i.e. By placing my 2003 server drive as a slave on my XP and do it like that.  I presume i have to put it as a slave on my xp system because Ghost 9 standard isn't supported on 2003 server???

Is there going to be any issues with SID etc, i presume not as I am doing a straight CLONE?

has anybody has any experience with this?

Also I have partition magic too v8 ... and currently i don't think i need to use it but would like to know if anyone has any experience with partition magic v8 use on a 2003 server drive. I presume i will put the drive as a slave on my xp system due to the fact that i believe PM 8 isn't compat. with MS Windows 2003 server - is this correct?

Any help or information would be really appreciated

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Partition magic doesnt work on servers. You'll need Volume Manager.

I would put the second drive in and setup Windows 2003 server to mirror to it. (Follow the directions for modifying the boot.ini that Windows 2003 will give you when you establish the mirror).

After that, you can use diskpart (or Volume Manager) to "stretch" the partition.

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ianinspainAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.. on partition magic, thats great.

I am actually doing this for a client and won't have the PC, i just need to clone the drive, so hence i can't really run mirror without the pc.

Are you aware if ghost will COPY/CLONE a drive exactly in put in as slave in xp system?

Not 100% sure on Ghost. It should work fine if you can run the drive copy without booting the OS (DOS mode or Recovery mode). Drive Copy is what I am more familiar with and you can boot to CD or Floppy and run the drive copy from there. In that mode, it wont care what OS you are running, it'll just make a copy of the drive. I would assume Ghost has the same ability.
will NTSwitch fool them effectively, temporary turning 2003 server to workstation ?

I remember System Commander bootm manager had some partition editor, that does not fear of Windows Server.

ianinspainAuthor Commented:
thanks everyone, assigning points

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