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Old 05-23-2010, 08:49 AM   #16
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Depending on the actual size of the server's hdd,
which would indicate just how long the copy process would actually take,

what I would do is shut down the sever & boot the PC from a rescue-linux cd,
& run Gparted. Using that to perform a image copy disk - disk,
from the old/failing hdd to the new hdd, erasing anything on the new disk, in the process.

This would give a exact copy of the old disk & would also be bootable in the same way.

as the op is not linux literate, this way is a GUI & more achievable.

there are several how-to's, & this is just one:-
http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-302717.html

& this is a pictorial version :-
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/larry/move/move.htm

Note: the O/S that is being copied is irrelevant.

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Old 05-23-2010, 03:51 PM   #17
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Wow...loads of help and suggestions going on here....i have done a bit more research and because i am a bit thick, its probably beter for me to use Acronis true image, and to boot the server pc from this daftware. I have been talking to a good friend who is pretty clued up with Linux, and he says he did exacly what i want only a few weeks ago with this very same software...So hopefully, i can sort it this way ?? I will get back and let everyone know how it went......many thanks to everyone who took time out to offer help...THANKS TO YOU ALL
 
Old 05-23-2010, 07:12 PM   #18
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Why not simply install a new server on a new disk, and copy only old data & applications? It sounds like there is mainly a bunch of data files to move. Copy those to new media ASAP, and then build up a new server offline. Cloning disks that are online is asking for problems. Copying data files from an online system is simple.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:35 AM   #19
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Hi Rod.....I shall go offline to actually clone the HDD...as i am off work this week i am going to do it in the very early hours of the morning ( 3am.....yawn ) I would love to start all over again with a frew install, but my knowledge is not great enough to allow me to do such a thing...I am learning all the time though. Kindest regards
 
Old 06-02-2010, 11:58 PM   #20
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... run Gparted. Using that to perform a image copy disk - disk, from the old/failing hdd to the new hdd, erasing anything on the new disk, in the process.

This would give a exact copy of the old disk & would also be bootable in the same way.

as the op is not linux literate, this way is a GUI & more achievable.
Yes, I was wondering why Gparted had not been recommended earlier. I had this same scenario occur for me this week... the OS drive on my Mandriva server started clicking. So I used Gparted to copy the OS partition to another drive. The only issue I ran into was that the newer drive would not boot, but I ran "Rescue System" from the Mandriva installation disc and re-installed Grub - and everything worked normally after that, server back online.

Now if Western Digital will only honor their warranty on the failed drive.
 
  


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