The primary master of my NAS server is about to die (according to the S.M.A.R.T message I receive on boot). I have dutifully ordered a new drive and will replace the failing one as soon as I receive it.
The failing drive is a 200GB Maxtor 6B200P0 ATA disk. It is partitioned as follows:
sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 1275 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda2 1276 24793 188905473 5 Extended /dev/sda5 1276 7354 48827392 b W95 FAT32 /dev/sda6 7354 9178 14647296 83 Linux /dev/sda7 9178 24497 123045888 83 Linux /dev/sda8 24497 24793 2381824 82 Linux swap / Solaris
sda1 contains an old Windows installation that I would like to keep. I am planning on making an image of
sda1 and then copying that image to the new disk.
My question is, in order to do this correctly, do I need to create a partition of exactly the same size on my new drive or can I just copy the image into a larger partition? Is there anything else I need to look out for when making an image of an installed windows OS?