[CentOS] [Slightly OT] Data Preservation
John R Pierce
pierce at hogranch.com
Fri Oct 2 20:15:07 UTC 2009
> HI All,
> So I have 5 1U servers (running Windows) that have Ultra 320 SCSI
> Drives in them.
> The owner of these boxes wants the drives captured in their current
> states to .iso or .cdr or something where if the need arises the data
> can be viewed, used again, etc.
> So what is the best approach? Boot from a Live CD, hook up a USB
> external HD and do what? Can I create a .iso or .cdr (or some other
> portable format) and have it created on the external USB?
> Thoughts on this process would be appreciated.
if they are windows servers, I think I'd use a windows tool to backup a
file system level image of the disks, perhaps from a live CD (bartPE,
UBCD4Win), or by temporarily installing the drives onto another Windows
system. however, this gets quite complicated if they are using any
sort of raid.
Using DVD-ROM as the backup media will only hold 4.3 or 8.4(?) GB of
data per disk, is that adequate? The alternative is a USB external HD,
as you indicated. I think I'd use Windows NTBACKUP if you don't have
Acronis TrueImage or other backup software.
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