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What is the best approach for creating an exact copy of the C: drive?

I have a Windows 2000 server running 2x18g SCSI hard drives. One has the OS and programs and the other has data. These drives have been running for three years 24/7 and I would like to replace them. Can you advise me on a method to do an exact copy of the C: drive to a new one of the same size?

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Use a drive imaging tool, such as Norton Ghost, or just use a backup tool, like the native NTBackup include with Windows 2000 Server. With the former, you'll get a bit by bit copy of every sector, with the latter you will get a file by file copy.

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This was first published in January 2005

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