Imaging, Copying a 2003 Server boot drive to a new boot drive

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by JDC, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. JDC

    JDC Guest

    I have a Server 2003 system sp1 on a old IBM deskstar drive. I tried to move
    the old partions to a new Maxtor drive using Maxblast. I couldn't use the
    Windows version, but was able to use the bootable Maxblast disc.

    All the data was copied from the old boot hard dirve to the new one, but on
    the first boot to the new drive I was told that directory services were
    corrupted. Before I could do anything the system rebooted and said that
    Active Directory was rebuilding indices.

    The system then rebooted and came to the login prompt, but it would not
    accept any valid usernames or passwords. I then rebooted and went into safe
    mode with networking the system halted during boot saying that ntfs.sys was

    I rebooted and tried to run the recovery console which I have installed on
    the hard drive and presumed to have been copied to the new boot drive. The
    recovery console would not run. It failed saying that ntdldr was missing.

    I then booted from the Server 2003 CD and attempted to repair the
    installation, but when I did using the recovery diskettes, I was again told
    that ntfs.sys was corrupted. The recovery, repair failed.

    I booted the system using a XP bootable disc and checked the new drive and
    the files. The files are there and they are not corrupted, all the boot
    files are where they should be and a file compare shows that the files on
    the old drive and the new drive, the system files are the same.

    I went back to the old boot hard drive and am seeking a solution to moving,
    copying the old drive to the new drive without having to install Windows
    2003 Server on the new hard drive, a fresh installation and then moving all
    the data from the old drive.

    I have Drive Image 7.03 and am tempted to set up a dual boot of both XP and
    Windows 2003 on the old boot drive and then see if Drive Image will migrate
    the drive to the new one from a boot to XP. I have used Drive Image to move
    data from older drives running XP, 98, Me, and 2000 Pro to newer drives
    without any problems. I have done the same with Maxblast. I am just not sure
    about moving a server installation though I think I did once for a Windows
    2000 Server installation.

    Am also tempted to buy a version of Symantec's Ghost to see if I can boot
    from a CD and migrate the drive.

    Does anyone have any suggestions. Will appreciate any feedback.

    JDC, Feb 17, 2006
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  2. Your report suggests that something went wrong when cloning
    the disk using MaxBlast. Here are two alternative methods to
    clone a server disk. I have used both of them successfully:

    - Boot the server with a Bart PE boot CD
    then use xcopy.exe with the appropriate switches to
    make a clone.
    - Temporarily install the disk as a slave disk in some
    Win2000/XP PC, then use xcopy.exe as above.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Feb 17, 2006
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    SeanL Guest

    last time i checked, Norton's Ghost does not work too well with server
    images. Rather try Acronis.
    SeanL, Feb 17, 2006
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