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    If I back up my whole hard drive to CDRW, can I then Restore it to a larger HD divided into partitions with the same logical drives present? I'm reluctant to try the 'what if' approach, as it takes quite a time even copying file by file (which doesnt work anyway).
    I'm trying to find a way of making an exact copy of the contents of my HD on to a larger one.

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    Re: Transferring

    Try Powerquest Drive Image. It do the job for you with confidence.

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    Re: Transferring

    Thanks for the pointer. I was rather hoping for something built-in, but if it has to be third party, then so be it.
    Atm I'm trying this : keeping rhe old drive as master and slaving up the new, copy over files partition by partition. Then re-install each OS over the top (ie into the same directory as the original). This has got me a bootable new drive so far...

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    Re: Transferring

    Either Norton Ghost or PowerQuest's Drive Image 5.0 will do exactly what you want to do. Both can create an exact image of your drive(s) and store them on a separate partion, hard disk or make a bootable set of CDs. There is a small comparative review of both on page 54 of the print version of PC Magazine (Dec.11,2001). There may be an online copy of the review on their website. They both have their pros and cons. It just depends on your personal needs to make the best choice. Happy cloning. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Transferring

    Thanks for that. I tried Norton Ghost - it messed up the partitions I'd made on the destination drive, then crashed. However, it was an old version. I'll have to see what we have at work.


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    Re: Transferring

    I have limited knowledge about both programs but I was told that without some additional commands Ghost will change the destination partition to the size of the partition of the original whereas Drive Image has a different default method that ignores any empty sectors in the original and doesn't change the destination partitions size. I have been playing with a copy of Ghost 5.1 and after reading the review of both I am probably going to buy Drive image as it fits my needs a bit better.

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    Re: Transferring

    Merc:

    I use Partition Magic 7 and Drive Image 5. Both work a charm. You must use the latest versions of both to work with XP formatted NTFS partitions.

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    Re: Transferring

    Hi
    Many thanks for all suggestions. My latest try was with a Linux Imager - no joy. I think I'm going to have to buy (spit!) an upgraded version of Drive Image. Either that, or it's down to bare metal and up again.
    Such is life....


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    Re: Transferring

    If I'm think about this right, you have at least a dual boot going on here with this machine? I've not used ghost with XP, but have used it many times with Win2000, which is the closest one can get to XP I guess. What I would try would be to ghost the machine partition by partition. I would leave the destination drive as one big partition first, and ghost the first partition from the old drive and put that on the new drive. You could then use somethink like Partition Magic or the built in disk administrator (or whatever it is in XP) to create a second partion. Leave the first partion as big as you like, and use the rest of the disk as the second partition. Then ghost the second partition and transfer it to the second partion of the new drive. You could then use Partition Magic or disk administrator or whatever to create any data partitions or other extra partitions or whatever. You may have already tried it already...who knows. But that's how I'd try to attack this problem. I've had some problems a couple times when ghosting Win2000 but have always been able to work around them. But it may not work exactly right either with the way the new OS's are getting to be.

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    Re: Transferring

    Hi Merc, this last weekend I used the latest (2002?) version of Ghost to upgrade a 20G drive to a 40G drive, then clone the drive for a second machine. Whole thing took under 1 hour.

    One strange thing... I know the two machines have almost identical specs and components, but the machine onto which I cloned XP didnt complain or suggest I re-activate!!! (I do have multiple licenses by the way...MSDN)

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    Re: Transferring

    Hi
    Eventually got a copy of Drive Copy 4. Wouldn't work at all in XP, though it's the latest. Set it up in Win2k. Took around 3hrs to clone a 20Gb to a 60Gb drive - worked fine for XPP and 98SE, but would not boot Win2k. Have now given up further efforts and have installed 2k raw and will build it up.

    Cheers, and thanks for all efforts

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    Re: Transferring

    MerC-

    Too late now, I know, but for future reference and possibly for others who face the same task, you MUST use Partition Magic 7.0 and Drive Image 5.0 when working in Windows XP

    Jerry Young

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    Re: Transferring

    Hi
    Thanks for the info'. However, I did not use either of those: all I could find was a Norton thing called Drive Copy. This seemed reasonably fine, except that it would not image one particular partition. I got XPP and 98SE over properly, but it would not boot Win 2k unless the original drive were also on-line. In the end I gave up and decided to install 2k from scratch. Two out of three ain't bad in the Wonderful World of Windows.

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