Unable to boot Netware 3.12 after imaging

Novell Netware 3.12
October 30, 2009 at 14:19:38
Specs: Novell Netware 3.23
I'm getting a blinking white cursor after taking a 1 to 1 image of a Netware 3.12 server using Aronis disk manager home.

I can view the Novell partition and the files within it using a special tool however, the harddrive will not boot into novell. Instead, I guet th eblinking white cursor.

Please advise.

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October 30, 2009 at 15:55:45
That's because Netware 3.12 stores also physical informations about the hard drive to the volumes created on netware.
That means, you can clone the complete hard drive of Netware to another hard drive of the same type and capacity.
The only way to manage this is to use ghost for netware, which is no longer available on the market.

You can setup a new Netware 3.12 server on the new hard drive. Then, connect the old hard drive to that system, mount the drive and copy all files to the new hard drive.

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October 30, 2009 at 19:34:35
Might try g4u to image the drive, I have used it on some odd OS's even to different drives..
Not sure why Acronis didn't work unless you only copied the partition. If you used Acronis drive to drive it basically used linux's DD and that is the same as g4u.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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October 30, 2009 at 19:57:35
Neither Acronis nor the normal Ghost image will work for that.
As far as I know, only ghost for netware will work.
That's because ghost for netware really mounts the volumes and then makes the image.
As stated before, Netware 3.xx store physical infos of the harddrive like heads, tracks, sectors a.s.o.
When restored to another harddrive, the physical infos differ from the infos stored by netware and the volumes will not get mounted.

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November 3, 2009 at 17:14:14
Thanks Paul, I'll give that a try.

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November 3, 2009 at 18:48:12
Yepp, please post back the result.

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