How do I easily copy or clone a Windows boot partition onto a new hard drive?
Not actually a question per-se but what cloning software do people use?
I will personally be using it in support and recovery enviroments - involving replacing faulty hard drives, upgrades and backups of drives connected using IDE, SATA, RAID and USB. Partition and Filesystem types shouldn't matter. I have been doing this for many years already; with my older software.
I'm still using an old version of Ghost (4.7c) I previously streamlined into a bootable Windows 98 setup CD with a bundle of other testing tools. Obviously this was before i discovered Hirens Boot CD., yet i've continued to use it as Hiren's alternatives are not as good.
I have a situation coming up where i'm going to need to clone a RAID 0 volume 2TB in size from 4xSAS drives to a RAID10 6xSATA 4TB volume and i don't think my Ghost is going to be the best/fastest option...
I notice Hirens doesn't actually contain Ghost anymore - but i know there are many other options such as: G4L, Clonezilla, Gddrescue, Acronis Trueimage, Paragon etc. But i have almost no experience with these - last time i tried Clonezilla it failed to make the partition bootable and took forever.
What are peoples experiences with these and others?
And now for the kicker...
Alongside the situation highlighted above, I ideally need a program capable of cloning from damaged drives (read/recover bad sectors and continue after encountering), with options to create image files (rather than just source:destination), able to read drives plugged into USB, that is multi-threaded (to maximise read/write speeds) and can take advantage of newer (read: SATA2, SAS & RAID10) technologies. Copying over a network (image file to/from a network share) would also be an advantage if coupled with gigabit/fibre speeds.