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Cloning a bootable HDD on-line - which software?

Posted on 2010-09-03
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Hi,

I am looking for some back-up software (ideally feeware) to make an exact copy of an SBS HDD, I need to do this while the SBS is on-line - The output (USB Dock) drive needs to be bootable if required.

I used to use some software called CasperXP in years gone by which did the trick great for 2000/XP although I did have one instance where it somehow trashed the original drive so I'm a bit sceptical to use it in this instance.

Any takers?
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Your Looking for driveimage xml http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm  It will use shadow copy services to make a perfect image of your hard drive even while the system is up and running. Here is a youtube tutorial on exactly how to use the program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTEnKA7tOXM you probably wont need to see that though because it is very inuitive andvery easy to use. Oh ya and I did I mention free!
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by:Ripla5
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Looks like a good bit of kit!

Would I be right in thinking that to create my 'bootable' image I need to use the Raw function? - the tutorial doesn't really give much away and advises against using that facility...
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Depending on what you do with the cloned image you could use even microsoft's tool Disk2VHD but this will be usefull just to transform the "real machine" into a "virtual machine" that could be cloned again and this time offline...
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Try these completely free tools g4u:

http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/

or G4L:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/g4l/
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An alternative free solution is PartedMagic:

http://partedmagic.com/

with an excellent documentation:

http://partedmagic.com/documentation.html
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Thanks guys, exactly what I'm looing for :)
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You're welcome.
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