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Replacing a Domain Controller's Hard Drive using Acronis type cloning

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My network has 2 Windows 2000 domain controllers (yes I know what someone is going to say - still using windows 2000!) - anyway the one that is the FSMO Role holder and Primary Time server has the bad Hard Drive.  It is currently running but I do not know for how long - upon running a weekly backup I got 2 bad spots on the hard drive.  The Backup Software indicated that there are in fact 2 bad spots.

Anyway as I mentioned before this is the FSMO Role holders for all roles except Schema Master.  It also provide DNS and DHCP.  I have an Acronis type clone backup from this weekend so it is within the 2 month window of a "recent backup" for Domain Controllers.

Can I just go ahead and put in a new drive and restore the Acronis Type backup and it should work OK? - or will I run into a situation where I will have to perform a netdom - or will it be worse - like my DC's start chewing up users.

I greatly appreciate any help!
Thank you
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As long as you turn off the other DC while cloning there shouldn't be any issues.
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My suggestion would be to make fresh install on new drive. Move FSMO roles to the other server, DNS should already be active on both servers, and with little planning DHCP should be no problem to move.
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Dear Rindi,
Thank you so much for your answer - it worked just fine - I was so worried about it because I had some many issues with a Windows 2003 failed DC I thought for sure I was sunk - thanks again!
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