Folks, i need some advise on cloning two SATA drives.
I have a 500GB sata Drive that needs to be cloned for testing purposes. I have the software but the thing is my server only supports two SATA drives, so Im wondering is it possible to create a windows XP Live CD or USB that I can plug in and just run from that removable media.
Any ideas cheers
Doesn't matter what you have on there. dd clones bit for bit the exact contents, into either a file (image.img in my example) or straight onto a writable device (the hard disk sdb). Heck, if you had a printer plugged in you could even send the contents of your hard disk to the printer in this way, but for all the good it will do I wouldn't bother: printers have handshakes and protocols that must be observed so it will just get the data and think "wtf?" and probably do nothing.
But my point is, it copies the bits. Shouldn't matter what hardware or what you use, it will just blindly copy. Of course, Windows takes a hash of your hardware and if it changes too much you will have to reactivate it, but that's no huge deal, just phone Microsoft up and say you've changed the hardware and they'll give you a code to unlock it.
Note: It also copies the exact partition table from the boot sector of your hard disk. That means that if you're cloning onto a larger hard disk, Windows will think that your hard disk is the same size as the old one. That's not a problem though, you can add a new partition to your hard disk or expand the existing one.
Folks cheers to your response,
I managed to clone the drives but then realised the original drive had different hardware. So I am now forced to stripping out the current HAL info using Acronis Universal Restore. If anyone has a better solution than acronis (ive head sysprep that could do this but unsure at the mo how to use it) any opinions would be grateful.