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Server 2008 r2 Clone

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I am running server 2008r2 on a desktop and I am getting a warning from my HP software of a pending disk drive failure.  I purchased another drive and I want to clone the old one to the new one.  I tried the Seagate Disc Utility that came with the new drive but that is strictly for a desktop environment.  Can someone offer me a suggestion as to what software I could use to correct this issue?

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by:Lee W, MVP
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You only bought ONE drive?  Why are you not using RAID on a server?

Use a bit-level copy program - I use RAWCOPY (www.roadkil.net) (provided the drive is 2 TB or less) - but you cannot copy from a running OS - you need to pull both drives and boot to a different OS to run the copying software.
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One drive due to make-shift server setup.  Saving then cost more now.  Just so I understand correctly, pull both drives from my pc/server, hook them up either internally or externally to let's say my pc, and then execute the software copy drive old to drive new.  Is this correct?
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Yes - MAKE A FULL BACKUP FIRST!

And the copy must be a bit-for-bit copy using a program like RAWCOPY.  Otherwise, there are many paid and some other free utilities, but disk-to-disk is going to be the fastest.

As for savings then, it's no excuse now - you could (should) have bought two drives and setup even a software RAID which would be better than none at all!
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Extremely helpful
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