Does Norton Ghost clone unallocated clusters?

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B4rry

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Hi,
I have had a system crash which has reset a file length (ie Win2000 now thinks it is a small file, but previously it was >1G!).

I used Norton Ghost to take a complete 'clone' of the whole logical disk, but reading their help doesnt completely reassure me that a clone is a "mirror" image - ie a copy sector by sector, not just the allocatted clusters.

Can anyone help me?
or are there any other products that DO take a mirror copy?

Thanks ... barry
 

JohnWill

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When they clone, they copy everything useful, but it doesn't clone unused space. I'm not aware of any product that does a 1:1 copy. I think you can do that with Linux commands, perhaps a Knoppix boot CD might help.

Have you checked the many command line switches for GHOST to see if you can force it to copy all sectors?
 

DaveBurnett

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Ghost WILL do a sector copy if you choose the correct options.
The one you want is -id (image disk) but it will copy the whole PHYSICAL disk not just a partition
 

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I thought I remembered an option like that, thanks Dave. :)
 

B4rry

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Thank you.

Following your instructions, I now have a complete mirror of the drive ... and feel much more secure.

Thank you ... barry
 
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