How to Clone a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hard Drive

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Last updated on April 11, 2012

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I need to clone a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, because the hard drive is failing. How do I do this?


To clone a Windows Server 2008 R2 hard drive, please do the following:

  1. Run DiskImage bootable CD and use the Clone function, changing the options to Direct Forensic. NOTE: Make sure to include the system reserve partition and indicate to make it bootable!
  2. Reboot into DiskImage with the power cable removed from the original hard drive.
  3. Use the boot manager to set the system reserve partition on the new hard drive as primary and active.
  4. Reboot using the Windows 8 Server installation CD but choose ‘repair’ rather than ‘install’ then choose ‘command prompt’.
  5. Run the following in order:
    1. bootrec  /fixmbr
    2. bootrec  /fixboot
    3. bootrec  /rebuildbcd


Your new hard drive should be all set to run just like the old one.

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Platforms: Win2k8R2

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