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Cloning a HDD

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May 1, 2012 2:13:12 PM

Hi! I've ordered a new HDD and would like to clone, in it's entirety, from my old one to the new one. I have a copy of Norton Ghost and have been told that this would do the job.

Firstly, any experience of doing this? Secondly, is there a better / easier / simpler way od doing this?

I'm going to back up all of my data to my external HDD and de-frag my current HDD before starting the 'clone' and I will only format my old HDD once the new one has been up and running a few days.

Any htoughts, advice or guidance is very appreciated! Thanks, David

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a c 329 G Storage
May 1, 2012 2:42:06 PM

I use Ghost 15 to clone drives all the time. Just use the copy my drive feature. Are you also cloning the OS -- i.e. is it your boot drive? Which OS? Here are the steps for Windows 7 (and make a system repair disk first -- just type that into the start run box and use the wizard to make the CD):

First make the destination drive unallocated by deleting all drive partitions in
disc management (under system management, administrative management control panel)

Create the SPR partition first and then the C: partition with these options:

The Ghost options for SRP (system reserve partition) are

Set Drive Active (for booting OS)

Copy MBR

Destination partition type: Primary

Drive letter of None

The Ghost options for Win7 are

Destination partition type: Primary

Resize drive to fill unallocated space (ONLY if you want to)

Drive letter of None

Don't Disable SmartSector copying for either
May 2, 2012 6:58:16 AM

Hi Realbeast - thank you for the detail of your reply! It is my boot drive, and my only drive, and the OS is Windows 7 (64-bit) that I'm looking to clone.

I take it by destination drive you mean the new one? How large would the SRP need to be and woudl I need to set it 'active' so my OS will boot from there when the current HDD is removed? Why would I want to resize drive to fill unallocated space? I'm going from a 500GB spindle drive to a 750GB hybrid drive.

Finally, I take it that the drive letter will be re-allocated as 'C' when I remove me existing HDD and run from teh new one alone? Sorry for so many questions, really don't want to stuff this up!

Thank you again, David
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a c 329 G Storage
May 2, 2012 2:47:43 PM

Ghost will create the correct SRP partition size -- 100mb. Yes the new drive is the destination drive. Yes, the SRP should be set active. If you don't resize the drive then your new drive will have 250GB of unallocated space. Yes, the OS partition on the drive will get labelled as the C drive when you boot from it.

Remember that you will still have the original drive until you reformat it later, so don't worry. It works fine, I've done it dozens of times without any problems. Just follow the copy of my cheat sheet from the first post and insure that you do it in that order. Also, make that system repair disk first -- sometimes you need it on the first boot with the clone to repair the drive name in the SRP.
September 17, 2013 1:41:36 AM

W7 HD to SSD I spent 9 hrs before I figured out how easy it is. Using Ghost 15 select 'make bootable' and copy MBR .... and after its cooked, make sure to shut off!!!! And then: disconnect the source drive !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Boot into Bios...make sure everything is correct and boot into Windows.
Then if you want to use your Source Drive as a Data can reconnect it.......... :-))))
This procedure auto translated/swapped the OS drive letter with the Clone