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By Cyberjack154 ·
I was wondering if there was any way of completely copying one bootable hard drive to another without loosing any data and still being able to boot both are drives.

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by arrichter In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Norton has a utility that will 'ghost' the old hard drive onto the new hard drive. The utility is called 'Norton Ghost'. It leaves the old hard drive the way it is and it copies everything onto the new hard drive.

Hope this helps.

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by pschuvie In reply to Copying Hard Drives

In a word Yes by using a couple pieces of utility software that are well proven and well respected.

For the copy aspect you could use either the Drive Copy or Drive Image Pro to create the duplicate. Drive Copy copies the information sector by sector, using one drive as the master and the other as the slave,. Drive Image is a cloning software creating an image of the drive and supports writes to CDR media.

The other software would be Boot Magic, which can be purchased as a stand alone,or better yet, is included with Partition Magic. Boot Magic will enable you to boot from various operating systems along with some other nice features. I think you want the option to boot from either drive installed in the same system, which this software would let you do.

If of course you only want to have the copied drive bootable in another system then the Drive Copy would be sufficient.

HTH ITSY

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by pschuvie In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Answer three is a great call. Often forget the basic tools when you get used to using software utilities.

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by tbradley In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Save your money, this method is built into Windows, and is free.

Make the bootable hard drive c: ( I assume it already is ), attach the second hard drive as
d: drive ( you might have to change a jumper to designate it as slave ).

Fdisk andformat it using whatever method you
want. To do it yourself, go to the dos prompt and type fdisk, set up drive, then type format d:

make a bootable floppy, and copy xcopy32.exe to the floppy.

RE-boot the machine using the floppy disk.
at the a prompt type in the following command:

xcopy32 c:\*.* /e /h /k d:

This will completely copy all files, directories, etc, including hidden and system files.

The reason you do this under Dos, booted from a floppy is you DO NOT want any open files while you are copying.

Works well, might take a little longer than the $$$ utilities, but it doesn't cost a dime.

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by Poettone In reply to Copying Hard Drives

I would also stay with one of the $$$ utilities for a few good reasons. One is in microsofts knowledgebase article

#Q133351

I have used the utilities and you will need them later so the $$$ now will prove worthy,,

Good Luck

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by Poettone In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Just a quick not here you stated you wanted to boot both drives. you cannot do this on the same machine as this will not work. If I misunderstood please diregard.

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