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    Clone a PC?

    Hi i wonder if anyone could point me in the right direction.

    I currently have a Dell Optiplex GX520 PC and im wanting to 'clone' that and put it on a Dell Latitude D630 laptop so its a like for like. The reason for this is so my laptop can act as a backup if the PC decides to die one day!

    Is this possible i used cloning software before but that does all the drivers and everything and i think it would clash with the hardware on the laptop and cause it to blue screen

    The OS is XP Pro

    Thanks

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    One option worth considering is to 'backup' the PC and restore it as a virtual PC on the Latitude (or any other PC for that matter). I did this with an old W2K laptop that I might need something from (but the chances are I won't) - works really well.

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    would an NT Backup work? Just thought.....

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    You could download VMware converter VMware vCenter Converter, Convert Physical Machines to Virtual Machines and keep a virtual copy of the computer. Then when needed install vmware server https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=server20&lp=1 onto your laptop and point it at the virtual copy you made with converter. You can then run the virtual pc from a window on your pc.

    Both products are free.

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    I have sucessfully "Cloned", so to speak, an old Server to a new one using NTBackup. Make sure you have the same service pack or it wont boot when you restart. These were both intel boards with xeon cpu, but I ran the new server without any problems for years.

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    I often take images using Ghost in BARTPE. I don't think I've had a single "installation" fail when applying an image to a machine it wasn't meant for. Sure the drivers all need installing, but I don't think I've ever had a BSOD. Obviously in any other circumstance that's EXACTLY what I would expect to happen, but this just never seems to fail. Strange.......

    http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dukey View Post
    would an NT Backup work? Just thought.....
    Possibly, but you may need to run a little hack to deal with possible HAL issues and support on IDE discs (see Here). Going the VMware converter route should cope with all that automatically.

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    disk2vhd ?

    It's a sysinternals tool, seems to work pretty well.

    you then fire up virtual PC, or similar, on the target machine.

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    Here's a question since on topic

    I noticed a lot of people mentioning Free software from physcial Machine to Virtualisation

    Is it possible the other way round from virtual to phyiscaly?

    and any free software for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisredfield93 View Post
    Here's a question since on topic

    I noticed a lot of people mentioning Free software from physcial Machine to Virtualisation

    Is it possible the other way round from virtual to phyiscaly?

    and any free software for this?
    Clonezilla - but it might depend on how much access to hardware the 'hypervisor' will give guest VM's. I'd try configuring a physical disc as being part of the guest then booting a Clonezilla ISO and attempting to copy the VM's boot container to the physical HD. Remove teh physical disc to a new PC and attempt to boot.

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    Slightly different tack, if you do wish to clone from one PC to another, there are a few tools that will do it which negate any driver issues - but these tools are general enterprise level and as a result not cheap unless you already have them to hand! (Symantec BESR and Acronis True Image with Universal Restore)



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