image a stand alone machine

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
How can I 'ghost' or image a stand alone machine to an external usb drive? I've tried ghost from a floppy and it wont see the usb drive. I've tried from Bart PE and it wont see the drive either. any suggestions? The drive to image has two partitions but one is too small to just do partion<>partion imaging.
Question by:jaybruce
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    your mobo should be able to boot from usb then.
    But i recommend hooking the 2nd drive directly to the mobo - ide or sata port
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    by:Fred Marshall
    Depends on the operating system.  What might that be?  Somehow it seems that you're implying that you don't have a bootable system???

    Depends on the software being used.  Same question.

    You say "a machine" but I suspect you really mean "a hard drive".  What I do is plug the hard drive into a bootable machine that's set up to do cloning (e.g. via IDE) and go from there.  Then a lot depends on the software.  

    A clone of the hard drive should then be possible.  You might look at HDClone to decide if it provides what you want/need.  It's a bit of a different animal than Ghost or some others.
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    The better way as Nobus suggested above, hook up the drive directly (IDE or SATA), and then using Ghost floppy disk to clone the drive. I suggest to clone disk to disk, do not assign drive letter, and copy the MBR.
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    i recommend bootit-ng for it :       
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    I got the machine ghosted by hooking it up to our network and booting via cd made with netbootdisk and ghost. I would still like a solution that I could backup to usb harddrive from a bootable cd/floppy though. I couldn't remove the drive and put them in another system because it's a new server with 2.5in SAS drives and it's the only machine with SAS drives we have so far. I also dont want to have to open servers, and have to connect drives internally to ghost to.
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    >>   I also dont want to have to open servers, and have to connect drives internally to ghost to.  <<   then i suggest to install an esata controller, and ghost to a sata drive

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