Making an image of a SAS sata drive

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-20

I need to make an image of a SAS SATA drive on my HP server running server 2003 standard. Does anyone know if there is a caddy that i could use to make the image such as a docking station/caddy.

I'm in the UK so any help would be apreciated.

Many thanks

Question by:pandgcs
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    Accepted Solution

    I'm not aware of any kind of hard drive enclosure that works with SAS disks, except for maybe some expensive RAID enclosures / NAS devices, but then those would wipe the contents of the disk which isn't what you want.

    Would it not be easier to just make the image directly on the server? You'd need to down the server anyways, so rather than remove the disk from the server, but boot the server into a recovery environment (e.g. a linux live CD, ultimate boot cd, clonezilla or whatever else you want to use to make the image) and then image the system to a USB external hard drive or some other storage location?

    That way you don't need to buy any extra hardware.
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    You can't really image the individual drives but you can image the logical disk, would generally involve booting the server from CD though so you get the whole array as the Os would see it. Most imaging programs work with HP Smart Array controllers, presumably that's what you've got. As far as a docking station goes then no, unless you count a DL380 as being one.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the replies, i have tried using <Admin Edit> but it did not see the controller hence i thought using a dock/caddy i've not tried UBCD i'll give that a go if it works i'll try and use acronis unles there is a better sugestions


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