[CentOS] [Slightly OT] Data Preservation

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Fri Oct 2 20:15:07 UTC 2009

ML wrote:
> 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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