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Notebook hard drive upgrade

I have a Compaq Presario 2800 and am trying to upgrade my hard drive from a 30gb 4200rpm to a 60gb 5400 rpm. I bought a USB enclosure and cloned the existing drive using Norton Ghost 2003 but when I installed it into the computer and tried to start the machine, I got a "Non system disk or disk error" message. I looked at Ghost help and retried the whole process adding the command lines "-fdsp" and "-szee" but still had the same problem. Any suggestions for someone who really doesn't want to start from scratch as it will take days or weeks to re-create everything and there may be some software that I do not have CDs for anymore?

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One thing.

In reply to: Notebook hard drive upgrade

Did you boot the laptop after the clone, but before putting the cloned drive into the laptop?

-> A nutty thing XP does is to mark other drives "non-bootable" when it starts up.

This has made a few scream when they learn this.


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Thanks Bob

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That was a mighty quick response. I think the computer automatically rebooted to Windows XP out of the Ghost DOS environment when the clone was finished. I then turned it off and swapped the cloned drive into the laptop and got the error. Are you suggesting that if I can avoid having it reboot after the clone, that it might work?

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Just FYI.

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Mine doesn't reboot. Could be some setting, but I just use Ghost and haven't found it to reboot...

If this fails, look up ACRONIS trueimage. I think you can get it done with the demo but can't resize the volume.


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Update drive???? Help

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I've already try Ghost 8, Ghost 9 (XP environment) and even ACRONIS trueimage and have the same result, unbootable to with the clone drive. I've also tried to use to Backup drive to CD-RW feature of Ghost 9 but it only compressed my drive and partly burn the image file to CDs but did not make the 1st CD to be bootable, and Ghost 9 cannot work without Windows environment, thus when my Windows goes wrong, my set of backup CDs is unusable. Can you help me, BOB? How can I back up my drive to CD-Rs and restore when thing goes wrong? (Ghost in DOS can not be used for update drive, as my experience)

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Reverse the process.

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1. The reboot is something I don't see Ghost 8 (dos) doing. Very odd. I can't tell if it's you.
-> Possible fix to avoid XP marking the volume unbootable? Set the BIOS to boot from CDROM or floppy and not the hard disks.

2. There are 2 other methods to move to a new laptop drive I use.
a. put the original hard disk into the usb enclosure and clone it into the laptop.
b. Get a pair of 2.5" hard disk apapters for a desktop and clone it in a desktop (this is the method I use.)

3. Chuck it all.
- Put in the new drive.
- Use the Recovery CDs.
- Use XP's File And Settings Transfer Wizard to pull over the files.


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Update drive - this worked for me

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I was unable to get the Ghost 2003 cloned drive to work in my laptop. I downloaded the demo version of Acronis True Image and cloned the drive. I had to watch the process closely. When it finished the cloning, the computer tried to reboot and I quickly turned it off and unplugged the external (new) drive. I then swapped the new drive into the laptop and it worked just fine. I could not figure out how to prevent Ghost or True Image from automatically rebooting at the end of the cloning process. From what I read, if you add the command line "-fdsp" without the quotes to a Ghost clone job, it will work but you probably have to be watching and prevent it from rebooting by quickly shutting down and disconnecting the cloned drive. I used Norton Partition Magic 8.0 to create and resize partitions on the new drive after putting it in the computer. I am not sure if this helps or not, but I finally solved my problem.

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