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  • Can anyone give me some advice on how to clone an existing start up drive in a HP Media Smart WHS Server?

    I keep getting alerts that the main drive is failing. I pulled the main drive and hooked it up to a SATA/USB Adapter and it is showing two partitions. (C:\sys and D:\Data).  Now since this HP Media smart does not have a CD-ROM  drive or a monitor port the only way I can think of cloning this drive before it fails is to pull it out and make an image of it. But the problem I'm facing is that when I connect this this drive to another computer new drive letters are assigned. i.e. H:\ J:\ Norton ghost records these images as such. My fear is that if do restore the image over to the new drive it's going to retain the drive letters H:\ and J:\  on the replacement drive which could really mess things up if I booted the server with the new drive.

    Any suggestions?

    Monday, April 14, 2014 5:39 PM

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  • I am not aware of any successful method! This gives you information on what you may or not loose:

    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/828b438f-5770-4f4b-bf82-b5d2f12e3887/faq-drive-failure-risks?forum=whsfaq


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    Monday, April 14, 2014 7:36 PM
  • Have a look at this excellent forum, and more specifically to this thread that handles your problem: http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6826
    Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:58 PM
  • Have a look at this excellent forum, and more specifically to this thread that handles your problem: http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6826

    Olaf,

    That looks like it would work. However it does involve a lot of steps. Looks like an "All Day" project to me.
    Never the less, Thank You for this helpful information.

    Den

    Monday, May 12, 2014 2:48 PM
  • We had a similar experiment once in the German WHS community, cloning the disk with some software from Acronis, including the Disk ID. This was the only approach we found working for this scenario, but it involves some software you have to pay for. So the described method, while complex, seems to be free of monetary cost.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:11 AM
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