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07-14-2005, 08:58 AM

Respected computer techies and dear friends,

I am confronted with a baffling problem and it appears that only a computer guru can solve it with his knowledge, expereience and skills.

Here goes the problem:

I have one SATA seagate HDD 160 GB having three partitions C; D and E.

Basically this HDD has ONLY SAP installed on it...an ERP package which uses Oracle database.

Out of 160 GB HDD space; only 60 GB is being used by SAP program.


I know that I can crearte drive image with 160 GB of another HDD.

BUT my q is that is there any way in which i can create an exact copy of SAP system which has occupied 60 GB out of 160 GB ON
ANOTHER HDD of 80 GB....?????????????????????????????

I know this is a very complicated question but then i would love to hear the opinion of the techies; geeks and nerds...

ALSO the person whose solution will be finally accepted will be rewarded with a $ 25 transfer from my paypal account to his account. This is just a token of appreciation and respect for his skills and knowledge. In case someone comes with an exceptionally brilliant idea the reward will be enhanced to $ 50.

Awaiting gurus to come forward and test their brains and help me resolve my problem as well.



sunandoghosh at rediffmail dot com

07-14-2005, 08:42 PM
Have you tried using a drive clone software like Norton Ghost? I know it lets you take an image made on like 40GB drive and put it on a 100GB for example it will scale the partition size to use the drive up unless told not to. Assuming the actual data size is smaller than the target drive, it might scale the partition backwards as well. It is worth a shot, at worse once you create the image and try to do it, it will say there is insufficent room.

That'd be the easiest way, there are slightly more complicated methods of doing this though if that doesn't work. Like using PartionMagic to scale the parition sizes down so it adds up to the size of your target drive, image that, and then scale them back up on the fly. Then take the image and apply it to your target drive.

07-21-2005, 06:11 PM
deep freeze program it's new and alot of IT ppl over here are talking about it


did not read all of your post to busy :D :thumbsup:

07-21-2005, 11:49 PM
I would agree... Any of the good image programs out there will allow you to take just the partition used by your SAP install... Which, if the partition is just 60GB, should not be a problem... However it seems as if you are wanting to pull your SAP install from a larger partition (say 100GB), image it, and then throw the 60GB SAP install onto a larger drive... Is this correct??? If so then it will require that you move the SAP install to a 60GB, 65GB to be safe, partition and create an image of that partition...

Once you image that partition, you can then put that image onto your larger drive without any problem... Another nifty thing that any of the good image programs will do is expand your image onto the full drive or any amount you specify (as long as what you specify is not less than the image size)...



08-03-2005, 02:05 PM
silly noob question....if u want to create an exact copy of the data on that one partition and place it on another drive....could you not simply copy the data across? either networked or using a slave drive?

its basically creating a backup on another drive, no?

08-04-2005, 01:13 AM
Yes, its essentially creating a back up, but don't think you can plug that drive in and go, the boot sector might not know where to look for the files to start booting from...


08-04-2005, 01:45 AM
Not to mention the fact that databased files are not normally stored in the same way as regular files... Databases can control the cluster size per file to enable more efficient storage... This alone makes it harder to just copy the files from one drive to another... ;)


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