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Duplicating all partitions in hard drive

by Alexander Asatiani / April 4, 2008 3:19 AM PDT

I have a Thinkpad T43 with Win XP Pro. The 60GB hard drive has two partitions: one is an IBM_PRELOAD(C)
and the other is an IBM_SERVICE partition. I would like to duplicate this disk onto a 120GB disk. I have tried to use the Win XP backup and Retrospect Express 6.5, but I can't get either program to duplicate the IBM_SERVICE partition. Does anyone know how I can do this duplication.
Thanks.

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(NT) I'd clone it with ACRONIS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 3:42 AM PDT
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Duplicating all partitions in hard drive
by melondrift / April 4, 2008 3:44 AM PDT

NEVER FORMAT YOUR OLD HARD DRIVE UNTIL YOUR NOW ONE IS COMPLETELY STABLE AND FREE OF BUGS!!!!!!!!!!

Being that Windows platforms are prone to bugs glitches and crashes, do not perform any of these operations from the desktop GUI!!! Boot from an appropriate source to the commandline. "Boot to Dos" used to be the norm, I'm not certain what it is called now.

I would use fdisk to first check the old existing drive partition information and write it down on paper. Exit fdisk NO CHANGES!!

Then I would use fdisk to mirror the partition information on the new hard drive allowing the bulk of the drive to be added to the partition that Windows is to be run in.

Then I would format the partitions on the new hard drive to the appropriate filesystem to be used on that partition (i.e. fat32, NTFS, or whatever the original drive was using)

I would then use maxblast drive image copier or something of the like that is capable of doing a complete reproduction of a partition to transfer the operating system and all files onto the new hard drive.

You will need the original Windows installation disks to make the new hard drive stable.

NEVER FORMAT YOUR OLD HARD DRIVE UNTIL YOUR NEW ONE IS COMPLETELY STABLE AND FREE OF BUGS!!!!!!!

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Clone it. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 4, 2008 7:39 AM PDT

The two partitions are created by IBM. The Preload is the working C: partition. The Service partition (hidden to most cloning software) is used to restore the laptop back to day one. It takes about two hours, then at least that long to get all the XP and Windows updates. I've done this on IBM desktops.

Use the clone software that will come with the new drive as it will find the hidden partition. Put the new drive into an external USB case and run the software.

Wayne (IBM freak)

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