As said before, I use an old Visma machine to run my CNC router. Plugged in the PCI slot inside is a large card that drives the machine. Also on the machine is my CAD software, that gets backed up to a stick and my laptop (and hence the cloud) periodically.
So is there a way to do a mirror image of the old PC, so I can recover all the CNC machine settings (zeros, limits, acceleration, speeds etc), and the software that runs the machine.
If the PC packs up I’m a bit screwed as I will need to find a copy of Visma and then set everything up again. I’ve got a couple of spare 32bit machines with PCI slot, as they’re pretty hard to find now, so grabbed them while I could.
Also worth noting, the PC has no internet connection.
You can plug in a blank disk, (same size is best but not strictly required, and clone your drive to the spare one. CloneZilla is free and widely used. In theory its simply a matter of plugging in the cloned drive if your original one goes pop, and carry on as normal.
Take care tho, Thats not the same as putting a cloned disk in different hardware, you may need to be good at dicking about with hardware drivers.
I had a quick look around the internet, and found that Vista Business has a system image function. As luck would have it the PC came from the local council, and does indeed have Vista Business. I fired it up, plugged in a disc drive, and it did everything it should.