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SCSI & Getting a ghost image

A friend asked me to take a ghost image of his server. It is a Dell and it is about 6 - 8 years old. I tried used a bootable CD with Ghost on it and it did not see the HDD, because it is SCSI and I did not install a driver. I have several questions about this. If I do install a driver for the SCSI drive using the bootable disc does it mess up the bus on his regular server? Do I have to reinitialize the bus? I have not worked with SCSI much and I do not know much about it. I know he has 2 drives running either RAID 0 or 1, which striping or mirroring I believe. So, I just want to get an image from the server and it is turning into a project much bigger than I expected. Can anyone help me and tell me the pitfalls? Would the exact model of the server along with the fact it is running Windows Server 2003 help? Also, I know there are recent versions of Ghost that run inside Windows while it is running, but my question is how can a piece of software copy a HDD while the operating system still has some files locked down? Any guidance would be so helpful. Thanks.

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Does the boot CD have the SCSI drivers and if yes,

can you load them during the CD bootup ?

VAPCMD

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Drivers during boot

Yes, I just do not know enough about SCSI to know what will happen to his "real" SCSI devices if I do anything in Windows XP which is what is on the boot disc. Let me clarify - if it set up the SCSI devices in XP does that "mess up" the chain or device numbers when he reboots into server? I am unsure where and if this information is stored when I load the CD. In other words, will I cause the SCSI bus to look for something different when he reboots and then his server will not boot? This is my greatest fear and something I do not want to happen.

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How many drives are there and what are you

imaging to ... another SCSI drive ?

Is the system or data backed up otherwise ?

VAPCMD

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No Ghost for me.

I've been using CLONEZILLA for such work. If the Ghost version you have is so outdated then why not tell him that?
Bob

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Clonezilla

I looked up the software, but it seems I would still have the SCSI issue.

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That's odd.

I've used Clonezilla with too many SCSI controllers over the years to even begin to list them all.

I can't tell from your post if you booted up Clonezilla for a test or not.
Bob

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Clonezilla

No, I did not boot with it. I just read about it, but I would still need to install the SCSI drivers. Does installing the SCSI drivers do anything the the actually machine that is running?

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Linux tends to have a long list of supported scsi cards.

It appears you are new to Linux so this is a good time to boot and try it.

If not, I think you are better off with a full retail Server version of Acronis. It includes support for folk in your situation.
Bob

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