How to clone a hard drive in Win2k?
May 20, 2004 10:40 AM Subscribe
Another boooooring computer question - sorry!
How do I clone a HD in a win2k system? My system's boot hd is a 20g 5400 rpm. I'd like to swap it for a 20 g 7200 rpm which is sitting at the moment in an external firewire enclosure. I also have 150g in an internal RAID array.
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I've been looking up stuff on google for several hours now. I've found this free app which does it http://www.xxclone.com/.
However, several questions remain. First of all, I want to make clear that, if at all possible, I'd like to clone the HD while the target is still in the external firewire enclosure, then do the actual physical swap.
One of the reasons for that is that I am not sure if the CPU's power supply is going to be able to deliver the extra amps required. I could unplug the data-only raid disks for the time being. Which points to reason 2 to do it while the HD os in the enclosure: keeping the physical messing around and potential BIOS changes to a minimum (for comfort's sake ony, I built the system so I am not intimidated by it at all).
From what I've read, it seems like the actual cloning necessarily involves a re-booting step(s) which are required to make the target bootable as well. To that extent, the firewire drive appears in the win2k disk management utility as a logical drive in an extended partition. While xxclone complains about it not being bootable and the necessity to boot from a third disk.
Both drives are formatted using FAT32 ... and ideally the end result would see the computer booting from the 7200 rpm drive while the 5400 would be placed in the external firewire enclosure and reformatted. Oh, and the box has no diskette drives, only CD-R and DVD-R ones (needless to say, I can boot from them if necessary, and also create a boot disk).
Any sequential description of the process would be greatly appreciated.