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My host is recommending I get a new drive. Sounds like a good idea to me, but they are telling me I need to reinstall all my applications on a new disk, then load all my data and then swap the disks.
Isn't there an easier way? Can't I ghost copy the drive and then just swap them?
I have so many customized apps on this server that it would take me weeks to get it setup and working again on a new drive if I had to reinstall everything. So much testing involved.
Thanks for any advice. I'm hoping there is an easier route. But if not, I'll get started on reinstalling. ;-)
[edited by: eelixduppy at 6:46 pm (utc) on Mar. 1, 2009]
In Linux, you can mirror directly from one drive to another, but you need to know how to reinstall the bootloader onto the new drive.
But it's not unusual for the host to have no experience with either method.
Worst case it would take less than 30 minutes to either backup the primary drive & restore it to a new drive or just clone the drive.
Going forward, you should consider having a hot spare that is updated nightly. That will significantly reduce downtime to 10 minutes or less or at least limit a major catastrophe. Moving to a hosting provider with properly trained admins would be a good way to reduce stress for the rest of the year too.