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Cloning Windows Server 2003 R2

Hello I need to move an Win 2003 R2 OS to another Phyisical drive. I was wondering does anyone know of any free software packages I can use to perform this task. This is a one time event, so I would rather not by any software.
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clonezilla is a good one and free
rhender9Author Commented:
I tried Clonezilla, and the image wiill not boot when I make the new drive active.
In order for the clone to work properly, you must be moving the server to another hard drive in a machine with identical hardware.  The hardware must be identical, otherwise your drivers/boot files may be unable to deal with the changes in appropriately

If you must move it temporarily you could virtualize the machine using VMWare converter and boot the image using Sun's Virtualbox or VMWare Server (all free) and run it virtually temporarily.

Does this machine run RAID of any sort / are there any specific configurations that should be taken into account?
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could you please  tell us more details?
do you want to move your OS to another partition on same server? example from  c: to f:
when you created the image with clonezilla  it will be redirected to the original  partition  so windows  will not bot ,you need to modify your boot ini  file to redirect the partition active
let me give an example
this is my bot ini file

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows 2003 Server" /fastdetect
so my windows will try to locate the boot files on partition 1,if i move my boot files then  I need to change that part to the new partition example

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2003 Server" /fastdetect

A free tool that can perform a drive to drive copy is:


The key to performing a successful migration is to keep the partition layout of the Disks Identical.  If you need to move to a different hardware platform you will most likely need to run an Install/Repair.  If you are not familiar with the Install/Repair process its fairly simple.  Once you have imaged the drive, installed it into the system, and attempted a boot (which we will assume fails).  Insert your W2K3 CD.  Get to the First Setup screen where you are prompted to Choose Install or Repair.  Do not choose repair, Instead choose Install.  The setup program should then detect the existing OS on the drive and will then give you the option to Repair the existing Installation.  This process will rebuild the hardware table and some system registries but will leave your installed programs and services intact.  Once complete and you are back at the desktop (I being positive here) you will need to run Windows Updates, as this process strips all the updates not on the setup CD.
My favorite for this kind of work is PING.  It's a free bootable liveCD that allows the type of clone you're looking for.  http://ping.windowsdream.com/
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Paragon Drive Backup 10 Server Edition: www.drive-backup.com
Download trial version and perform the cloning. That should work.
Also specify if you are cloning RAID to\verse single HDD.
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