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"Donald" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:eVAWTvgeFHA.220@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>I have a 2.0 GHz Gateway computer, with 512 Mb RAM, an 80 Gb Western Digital
> Master HD 40 Gb free, & a 80 Gb Western Digital
> Slave HD, & a 200 Gb Seagate Firewire HD, running Windows XP Pro SP-1.
> I have been successfully cloning my Master HD (which boots & runs normal) to
> my Slave HD for over two years every other week
> using Norton Ghost 3.0 (part of Symantec System Works 2003). Before each
> cloning I would defrag my Master HD using the
> Windows defrag program with no problems. Then on 04/28/05 I defragged my
> Master HD using the Symantec System Works 2003
> defrag program. After that Symantec System Works 2003 defragging, I was
> unable to clone my Master Hd, receiving the message
> "file system references disk sectors beyond the partition boundary" when
> attempting to clone.
> Symantec Tech Support advised me to purchase Symantec System Works 2005
> which has Ghost 9.0 that gets around this problem.
> So I did. This new program does not have a cloning feature, but has HD
> complete copy and backup/restore features. Symantec
> Tech Support was right, I no longer get this message, however, I now have a
> new problem. I copy my Master HD to my Slave HD
> using Ghost 9.0, or backup using Ghost 9.0 or the Windows backup program to
> my Firewire drive, then I restore to the Slave
> HD, formatting it before each copy or restore. My new problem is the Slave
> HD won't boot, connecting it as the only HD on
> the computer. In order to get it to boot I must run fdisk/mbr from a floppy
> disk. Then the copied/restored HD boots & runs
> Symantec Tech Support told me to run CHKDSK, fdisk/mbr, clean boot,
> disable/enable virtual memory, & delete the page file on
> my Master HD. I did that several times with the same results above. When
> Symantec Tech Support ran out of ideas, they told
> me that some systems require the fdisk/mbr applied after copy,
> backup/restore to get a HD to boot, nobody knows why, not even
> Microsoft, but that it works. I don't accept this answer, because it seems
> to me that the Symantec System Works 2003 defrag
> program somehow moved files outside the partition boundary on my Master HD,
> resulting in the message I received immediately
> after using it.
> I have two questions after this history:
> 1. Except for the nightmare of fromatting & re-installing everything on my
> Master HD, does anyone have any ideas how I can
> restore my Master HD (which boots & runs OK) back to a condition where copy
> backup/restore of it works normally?
Ghost should only be concerned with the partition table information in
the MBR. Running fdisk /mbr should only be required once. Sounds like a
Ghost bug and tech support was trying to snow you.
To check "sectors beyond the partition boundary", download and run
PartInNT.exe from Synmantec (written by PQ. (hopefully Synmantec hasn't
had time to ruin it yet))
Look at the "Total Sectors" in the Partition Info pane. Then look at
the Boot Record (highlight volume - click the button at bottom). If FAT32;
"Total" should match "Big Total Sectors. If NTFS; total should be 1 more
than "Total NTFS Sectors". Don't try to correct it.
> 2. One Symantec Tech Support technician told me there is no problem having
> Master Slave HD's both Windows bootable,
> connected on the computer. Another Symantec Tech Support technician told me
> that Master Slave HD's both Windows bootable,
> connected on the computer is a disaster waiting to happen. As soon as the
> copy or restore is made, that HD should
> immediately be removed from the computer. Which is the correct advice?
I wouldn't necessarily remove the HDD, but I wouldn't leave it visible
either. Doesn't Ghost allow you to hide partitions? If so, that would be
sufficient. I don't know Ghost. FWIW, I use BooitNG and have never had a
problem with it.