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Need advice suggestions/advice on cloning 1 HD to another

by Brandon Eng / April 25, 2004 3:42 AM PDT

XP Pro SP1. Currently have 2 80 gig Western Digital HDs as master and slave. Intend to buy a 200-250 gig WD HD.

I want to clone the primary master to the 200+ gig HD, then make the bigger HD the master. I have Norton Ghost, but never used it before.

Do I simply follow the prompts to clone "C" to the slaved, larger capacity HD, then master the 200+ gigger? I normally start with a fresh install, but want to avoid this if possible.

The current master has 2 partitions (C, E), but intend to clone C only. I also have Partition Magic installed if that makes any difference- not sure, but think I may have read this *may* cause cloning problems.

Will I run into any problems once I make the drive switch, being that I don't intend to clone the 2nd partition? I then intend to partition the 200+ drive using either disk management or PM. Just trying to head off any possible problems. All input/suggestions will be appreciated. TIA!

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I've used Ghost to do this, but...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2004 3:56 AM PDT

My drives have been under that magic 137 GB mark.

You are aware that you can't repair install XP if you create a partition larger than this unless you have that shiny XP SP1 CD? I'll leave this as a warning without any deep details.

To go past 137 GB, my bet is only the latest Ghost, plus XP SP1 will be required.

Bob

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Re:I've used Ghost to do this, but...
by Brandon Eng / April 25, 2004 4:09 AM PDT

Thanks for the quick response, Bob.

I do have the XP CD w/SP1. According to the WD site, I shouldn't have a problem overcoming the 137 gig barrier (and I assume WD would have some kinda overlay software if I run into any problems).

I have Norton Ghost 2003- from what I've read about it (in this forum and elsewhere).

Worse comes to worse, I'll have to do a clean install which I dread like a root-canal. Guess I'll see. Will give update if Circuit City doesn't run out of these drives....

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