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Ghost 9.0 Copy Disk

by GrasshopperG / July 16, 2005 8:48 AM PDT

I have an XP machine with two, 120 Gb hard drives. I want to copy drive #1 to drive #2 so if #1 fails, I can simply swap the cable connectors, boot and start from #2. In the Ghost 9.0 Copy Drive procedure, there are two options I don't know if I should check: ''Set drive active (for starting OS)'' and ''Copy MBR''.

If I check both of these options, will I be able to boot and start from #1 as before (as long as I don't swap cable connectors) and if #1 fails, will I be able to swap connectors and start normally from #2?

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That doesn't work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 16, 2005 9:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Ghost 9.0 Copy Disk

What does work is to copy the drive, then power down and disconnect drive 2. XP has this nasty habit and marking the other drive as non-bootable if you boot with it connected.

However, if you want to boot drive 2, just put it in the boot position and unplug the old drive for safety and boot up.

Go figure.


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by GrasshopperG / July 19, 2005 4:08 AM PDT
In reply to: That doesn't work.

Thanks for the suggestion, Bob. Is there a way to make drive 2 bootable without disconnecting cable connectors until I want to boot from it?

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Do you have 1 billion dollars?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2005 6:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Just kidding. XP is coded to do that. If you had enough cash, I'm sure you can get Microsoft to change it.


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