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clone hard drive (warning - noobie)

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by sox, Sep 15, 2003.

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  1. sox

    sox Thread Starter

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    beings everything is working perfectly now, i would like to make an exact copy of my hard drive. i do have access to an external usb hard drive enclosure where i could slide in a new hard drive for transferring and storing the clone. 1st question - which program is easiest for a novice?......(presently wondering about drive image and norton ghost.) 2nd question - do the hard drives have to match exactly (gbs, speeds, brands etc) when making the clone? with hard drives being so reasonably priced these days, i would like to be able just to remove the "bad" one and slide in the clone to get me up and running again - then later i can reformat the "bad" one and use it for the clone. i am running windows xp pro - 120gb hard drive with two partitions.....thanks in advance for your response!
     
  2. putasolution

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    I personally recommend Drive Image, but there are those who will recommend Ghost

    To see how really easy it is, have a look here at the Drive Image Tutorials
     
  3. JohnWill

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    You can use GHOST to exactly clone your disk, however you need to include the command line parameter -fdsp if you are cloning a W2K or WXP boot drive. This prevents GHOST from scrambling the page file and preventing the copy from booting. You can also GHOST to a different sized disk on the fly, and even adjust the sizes of individual partitions during the clone operation.
     
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