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
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.
would an NT Backup work? Just thought.....
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.
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.
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.......
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.
Originally Posted by Dukey
It's a sysinternals tool, seems to work pretty well.
you then fire up virtual PC, or similar, on the target machine.
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.
Originally Posted by chrisredfield93
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)