Win 2003 system disk damaged - Clone system disk using Norton Ghost??

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Camilo, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. Camilo

    Camilo Guest


    I had a Win 2003 server with two physical disks configured as mirrors. The
    mirror disk stopped sync because the master disk reports physical errors;
    however, it stills works fine.

    I need to clone the disk before it stops working. I mounted it in another
    machine togheter with a new disk exactly the same one (Maxtor 80Gb) in order
    to clone it using Norton Ghost. When trying to use the "copy MBR" option, I
    get an error. Without it, the copy goes fine, but when trying to boot the
    copy I get a Active Directory Error which prevents from starting. It reboots
    in Active Directory Repair mode but its unable to solve the problem, so the
    system is unusable.

    What should I do? Is there a way to copy the system into another disk? Since
    it still works fine, I can copy it, boot it, etc.. I just want to do
    something before it suddenly stops responding.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks for your help,

    Camilo Arango
    Camilo, Jun 30, 2006
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  2. Camilo

    Camilo Guest

    Hello, I have determined (so far) that the best option would be to use the
    backup tool Windows comes with, performa a backup and then restore it on the
    new drive...

    Does anybody know hoe to *easely* do that?
    ...Or may be other alternatives?

    thanks in advance,

    Camilo, Jul 1, 2006
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  3. Can you boot from the mirrored drive? If you can just break the mirror,
    replace the bad drive, and then create a new mirrored set.
    Kevin Longley, Jul 1, 2006
  4. I do not think it is a good idea to post the same question
    twice unless you make specific reference to your first post.
    It leads to duplication of effort. Kevin Longley is asking
    much the same questions as I asked in your previous thread.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Jul 1, 2006
  5. Camilo

    Camilo Guest

    Kevin, the mirror one is ok, but no longer hlods any info. It was formatted.
    The master one is, but its physically damaged. Im concerned about it stop
    working at any time. However, all data is currently accesible.

    This is a different problem Pegasus; Im not concerned about what could be
    done but rather how could the drive be copied. Neither is a good idea to
    post without giving any ideas.


    Camilo, Jul 2, 2006
  6. I use Drive Image, not Ghost, so I can't give you any advice on the error.
    Is this a DC or a member server? What services does it provide?
    Kevin Longley, Jul 2, 2006
  7. Camilo

    Camilo Guest

    Its a DC running:
    Active Drirectory
    File storage
    Application hosting (IIS).


    Camilo, Jul 3, 2006
  8. Here are some suggestions...

    If it is your only DC I would build a second one quickly, using a
    workstation class computer if you have to, so you don't chance losing your

    Back up the DC

    Give mirroring another shot.

    Try a different imaging product such as Drive Image

    Go to the MS Knowledge Base and look for disaster recovery procedures for
    Domain Controllers.
    Kevin Longley, Jul 3, 2006
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