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Hi,
I have a windows 2003 web server that I would like to upgrade to windows 2008 web server.

I have thought a safe way of upgrading would be to pop out the SCSI disks (set A - 350gb) that are in there, add in some spares (set B - 35gb) I have, install 2008 on those, then when it's all fine, I would like to clone the entire drive, so set B is copied to A.

A few questions:
1) the drives are different sizes, I presume this won't matter as I'm copying to a larger drive?
2) will the copy be an exact copy, i.e. all registry settings included.
3) can you recommend some software to do this, ideally free?

Many thanks in advance.
DJ
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Cloning is always an exact copy, so everything is the same. As long as you don't change anything on the originals after cloning there is no issue.

You can try using bootit-ng. As long as you don't use dynamic disks, and if it recognizes the raid controller, there should be no issues. You can use the same tool to image the disks (good for backup), Clone the disk, and you can resize and move partitions after cloning. So everything is included. The trial version is fully functional, it's just the special bootmanager which you don't need which would require registration.

http://terabyteunlimited.com/

If they are dynamic disks you might try PartedMagic or the SystemrescueCD, both are Linux LiveCD's (free) which include tools to clone and resize partitions, although I'm not sure about Dynamic disks...

http://partedmagic.com/
http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

Another option but not free, would be to use shadowprotect. This can be useful for automating backups, so this is what I would really recommend. You can use to make an image of your partitions and even restore the images to dissimilar hardware. It's also the fastes such product on the market.

http://www.storagecraft.com/
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