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DiskImagiingSoftwareWindows2000.

Does anyone know any free or commercial software to clone or disk image a windows 2000 laptop and restore it on another one.

Acronis home True image dose not support windows 2000.
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hatheharikenCommented:
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PlantwizCommented:
@sam15,

Did you confirm it will not work on W2K?

I've used Acronis in the past, but I have not tested their lastest version.  I do not see why it won't work as it supports NTFS and Fat32.

Acronis 8.0 definately did work.
http://www.acronis.com/company/inpress/2005/03-23-infopackets-trueimage.html


Also, Norton Ghost (which I've long since stopped using Ghost to use Acronis) supports a number of file structures.

I would confirm with customer support or test it out with a demo product before writting either of these two products off.  IMO


Otherwise:
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/


Or simply use:  Clonezilla  (which I'd recommend as it is open source)
http://clonezilla.org/
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Jackie ManCommented:
BESR 8.5 Desktop can do the trick. I have tried that before.

http://www.3dtech.com.my/images/symantec/SymantecSystemRecovery.pdf

But, it is a retired product, you may need to do an exhaust sourcing for obtaining BERS 8.5 Desktop.
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sam15Author Commented:
Great options here.

i have checked with acronis support on trueimage 11 and they said it dose not support windows 2000. I am not sure of acronis 8 does or how you can buy an old version.

Do all of these programs create a bootup disk too in addition to the disk clone image.
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Jackie ManCommented:
BESR 8.5 Desktop includes both a boot CD and a windows installer just like the acorns software
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Jackie ManCommented:
Is the new hardware and motherboard identical to the old one of windows 2000?
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sam15Author Commented:
yes, it is  a second laptop identical in hardware to the first.
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PlantwizCommented:
http://clonezilla.org/

What is Clonezilla?
 You're probably familiar with the popular proprietary commercial package Norton Ghost®. The problem with these kind of software packages is that it takes a lot of time to massively clone systems to many computers. You've probably also heard of Symantec's solution to this problem, Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition® with multicasting. Well, now there is an OpenSource clone system (OCS) solution called Clonezilla with unicasting and multicasting!
 Clonezilla, based on DRBL, Partclone and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk. This increases the clone efficiency. At the NCHC's Classroom C, Clonezilla SE was used to clone 41 computers simultaneously. It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting!
 

Features:
 •Free (GPL) Software.
•Filesystem supported: (1) ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs of GNU/Linux, (2) FAT, NTFS of MS Windows, (3) HFS+ of Mac OS, (4) UFS of FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, and (5) VMFS of VMWare ESX. Therefore you can clone GNU/Linux, MS windows, Intel-based Mac OS, and FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, no matter it's 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86-64) OS. For these file systems, only used blocks in partition are saved and restored. For unsupported file system, sector-to-sector copy is done by dd in Clonezilla.
•LVM2 (LVM version 1 is not) under GNU/Linux is supported.
•Grub (version 1 and version 2) is supported.
•Unattended mode is supported. Almost all steps can be done via commands and options. You can also use a lot of boot parameters to customize your own imaging and cloning.
•Multicast is supported in Clonezilla SE, which is suitable for massively clone. You can also remotely use it to save or restore a bunch of computers if PXE and Wake-on-LAN are supported in your clients.
•The image file can be on local disk, ssh server, samba server, or NFS server.
•Based on Partclone (default), Partimage (optional), ntfsclone (optional), or dd to image or clone a partition. However, Clonezilla, containing some other programs, can save and restore not only partitions, but also a whole disk.
•By using another free software drbl-winroll, which is also developed by us, the hostname, group, and SID of cloned MS windows machine can be automatically changed.
 

Minimum System Requirements for Clonezilla live:
 •X86 or x86-64 processor
•196 MB of system memory (RAM)
•Boot device, e.g. CD/DVD Drive, USB port, PXE, or hard drive


Limitations:
 •The destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one.
•Differential/incremental backup is not implemented yet.
•Online imaging/cloning is not implemented yet. The partition to be imaged or cloned has to be unmounted.
•Software RAID/fake RAID is not supported by default. It's can be done manually only.
•Due to the image format limitation, the image can not be explored or mounted. You can _NOT_ recovery single file from the image. However, you still have workaround to make it, read this.
•Recovery Clonezilla live with multiple CDs or DVDs is not implemented yet. Now all the files have to be in one CD or DVD if you choose to create the recovery iso file.
 

License:
 •Clonezilla itself is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2. However, to run Clonezilla, a lot of free and open source software, e.g. the Linux kernel, a mininal GNU/Linux OS, are required.
 

Clonzilla doc:
http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live-doc.php
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Jackie ManCommented:
agreed

if the second laptop identical in hardware to the first, Clonzilla will work for sure.

BESR is a continuous backup solution and the image can be restored to dissimilar hardware.
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