PC Applications forum

Resolved Question

how to create a EXACT clone of a hard drive?

by hiii98 / December 26, 2011 9:50 AM PST

I have norton ghost and tried to make a clone of my hard drive. Well i bought all of the same EXACT hardware for a second machine to ensure the two would match. I made a copy with Norton Ghost 2003. I installed the harddrive and windows 98 boots up and everything seems ok except for the main program that i needed to boot. It tries to load and then suddently goes to a black screen. I've tried putting the origional hard drive into the new hardware to see if i could dupliate hte problem and no, the program loads fine in both systems. Its only my copy hard drive which will not boot the program (again everything else loads). I even bought the same hard drive to ensure conformity. At this point i'm somewhat confused as what to try next. Somehow Norton must NOT be making an EXACT copy of the hard drive's contents. Any suggestions?

hiii98 has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: how to create a EXACT clone of a hard drive?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: how to create a EXACT clone of a hard drive?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by hiii98

Collapse -
I use CLONEZILLA
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2011 10:04 AM PST

But there are some apps that lock to the machine. You didn't reveal this application so I can't guess if it used my favorite lock. That is the network card's MAC address.
Bob

Collapse -
answer
by hiii98 / December 26, 2011 11:30 AM PST
In reply to: I use CLONEZILLA

i tested the origional hard drive on both the origional motherboard and the new (exact same model mobo) and it worked on both. Only the clone drive will not work on either.

Collapse -
There are too many other ways to lock up apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2011 11:35 AM PST
In reply to: answer

It's a sign to me that you don't want to name that app.

Another lock required the drive serial numbers to match.
Bob

Collapse -
reply
by hiii98 / December 26, 2011 12:15 PM PST

how do you make the drive serial numbers match and where is that data stored on the drive? The app would be a non commonly recognized app. Where can i learn more about this? I was thinking along the same lines.

Collapse -
You don't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2011 12:24 PM PST
In reply to: reply

The serial number is not changeable by folk other than the drive maker.

Collapse -
reply
by hiii98 / December 26, 2011 12:17 PM PST

and at this point its become an academic obessive hobby of mine, that is drivng me slowly insane. I've spend alot of time and money cloning every part of this system, thats why i was shocked to still see it not boot.... but then again i'm somewhat of a newbie at cloning. Please tell me more about these locks

Collapse -
Sorry but if you can't share.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2011 12:25 PM PST
In reply to: reply

Then I have to unsubscribe from this discussion. It's like a dinosaur that wandered into a tar pit and there is no reason to become a victim of an obsession.
Bob

Collapse -
Answer
answer
by hiii98 / December 26, 2011 11:29 AM PST

it shouldnt matter i tried the origional hard drive on both motherboards and it booted just fine on both.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
icon
Laptops 19,436 discussions
icon
Security 30,426 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
icon
Windows 10 360 discussions
icon
Phones 15,802 discussions
icon
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

Tech explained

Do you know what an OLED TV is?

CNET explains how OLED technology differs from regular TVs, and what you need to know to make the right shopping decision.