Cloning Windows 2008 R2 on 500GB disk

We have an Dell R710 server with a base Windows 2008 R2 image and would like to clone/image the drive so we could restore on another exact 500GB drive. We're looking for an app that we could boot from to get an exact image of the drive. We have been using Ghost 8.3 but doesn't work with this setup.

Looking for recommendation or suggestions.

thank you in advance
it-shutterflyAsked:
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Sam654Commented:
I've used "Acronies True Image", but it does exactly what you're asking, creates an EXACT image. This will cause network conflicts and licencing issues unless you power down the first machine when using the second, or use that time to change some of the settings, e.g. computer name. Good software though.
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IT-Monkey-DaveCommented:
Paragon Drive Backup Server Edition.  It will do what you need (and more).
http://www.paragon-software.com
 
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dboschCommented:
ShadowProtect is top notch.
You can download a trial from
http://www.storagecraft.com/trial_downloads.php
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it-shutterflyAuthor Commented:
thank you so far for the suggestions, but do you know if any of these actually change the integrity of the drive? It's important for us that it doesn't. Also, any experience with clonezilla?

thanks again
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dboschCommented:
Shadowprotect wont alter a thing
Takes a true disk image, You can even include free space if your inclined.

Cheers
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I use Paragon Drive Backup 10 Server Edition for this purpose. It works for sure.
Clonezilla is designed mostly for cloning HDD but not image\restore. I used it many times for cloning desktops but would not use for server 2008 R2.
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it-shutterflyAuthor Commented:
called ShadowProtect and they recommended the IT version but it's on a subscription basis, which will not help and quite expensive. Will try Paragon and Acronis. Anyone have used latest version of Ghost?
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Sam654Commented:
Acronis is 30 day trial and then a one off licence I think, varying pricing depending on what you want it for etc.
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grayeCommented:
Another vote for Acronis...   You don't actually need to purchase the high-end version of the product.  Since you plan to boot off of the media and make an image, you can purchase the home verison (which is quite reasonably priced).
And, yes... When booting from the supplied media, all of the products are pretty much guaranteed to not make any changes or leave any marks on the source disk.
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it-shutterflyAuthor Commented:
thanks guys for your inputs and have placed order for Acronis Home
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