Fast Clone Disk raid 0


I have a windows 2012 Server installed on raid 0. Is a test server  and i need restore often the operating system. What is the fastest tool to make a complete clone, to restoring with all the original configurations, eventually to different hardware.

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Another recommendation would be Paragon Hard Disk Manager
The problem with servers is that you generally need commercial products that are server versions  which aren't too cheap, particularly if you need to restore to different hardware. The best such product has already been mentioned, paragon. The free products which many of them have available only work for desktop OS's.

What can also be used is CloneZilla. That is OpenSource and free, but it doesn't have an option to restore to different hardware. But with modern OS's that often isn't really a big problem. CloneZilla is included on the pcrepix LiveDVD:

A further option you could use which is probably simpler, and that isn't affected by hardware changes is to install your server as a VM, either to VMware ESXi, Hyper-V or KVM. You can then either just make a copy of the VM, or create a template you can use to create a fresh version.

The basic ESXi is free, but you need a dedicated server to install it on. Hyper-V can also be free, and it would just be a role to install on w2012 server. Also KVM is free and comes as an installable option with most Linux distro's.
Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Veeam Endpoint Backup:
a) excellent
b) 100% free, and will stay that way (so they say)
c) a full product
d) ability to restore full machine to dissimilar hardware, as well as pick individual files out to restore too.
Personally, I wouldn't use anything else.

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