Clone 36gb scsi drives in Striped Raid

I have a new customer that is running VERY old hardware and software.  He wants to try and wait one year before upgrading as he will have to buy both the hardware and licenses.  

He has a win2000 server with a C drive and E drive.  The OS is on the C drive and the data is on the E drive which is 3 scsi drives with striped array.  (36gb each). (No backup)  Drive 2 has errors.  I did a backup, there were 4 files with CRC errors.  He would like to me clone the 3 drives.  

As his equipment is very old, I'd like to try and get it done as quickly as possible.  For the backup, I just copied the E drive to an external drive and when it had an error, I just skipped that file.  I'm worried about the possible cloning, putting the new drives in and then the system doesn't recognize it or the raid is screwed up.  

I would appreciate any guidance you could give me.
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DavidConnect With a Mentor PresidentCommented:
My advice, seriously .... tell the customer you can't/won't support that hardware.
Doing any I/O is risky and if (WHEN) the copy loses files and reveals more corruption ... it is your fault.

Tell them they got their money's worth, and even enterprise class disks are designed for 5-7 years use max.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
My opinion on this situation is if he can't afford a new server and software upgrade, find a good used server with Windows 2008 in Ebay. I've done that before and I've been able to find good hardware that is still running today for my clients.

I use Dell servers for all my clients because I can get drivers and updates for their servers almost for ever. Since your client waits for-ever to upgrade his systems, a used Dell server may be the best way to find a server he can afford.

You can find many old dell servers that should still provide years of service at a low price and you could put a Sas or Sata Raid 5 on the server to protect the client.

Take a look at these links showing dual Xeon processor servers.

You may even be able to backup his system and licenses and restore it on newer hardware if he can't afford new software licenses.
DKCSCOAuthor Commented:
I will recommend used servers to him - that's a good idea.  Unfortunately, the software he has is so old it will only run on Windows 2000 server - it won't even run on 2003.  I'm going to talk to the customer and see if he understands.
Tony GiangrecoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Then try running VMware esxi with. Windows 2000 wm virtualized on a newer server. It moves him to new hardware and retains win 2000.
DKCSCOAuthor Commented:
I like that idea.  Then, when he can afford to upgrade the software, his hardware is good to go.
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