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By ts1026 ·
I have a bad hard drive, and I want to copy everything from that hard drive to the new one. I want an exact image of the drive so I do not have to reinstall everything, or lose any information. What is the best way to do that?

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by maxwell edison In reply to Image Hard Drive

Greetings,

Powerquest has a program called "Disk Image". It works great.

Symantec has a program called "Norton Ghost".

I like the Disk Image much better.

Regards,

Maxwell

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by ojmj In reply to Image Hard Drive

Your new hard drive will probably have a disk with it which will include imaging software. My latest (Western Digital) did. Check on the box when you buy the hard drive.

O.J.

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by estebandelatorre In reply to Image Hard Drive

Install a second HDD as slave and format it as usual.
Use Norton Ghost 7.x (you can download an evaluation copy from the web), make the ghost boot disk and boot your system with it.
Make a Dump partition c: to image onto drive d:, selecting compress high. Then install the new hd as master, format it as usual and boot again with the ghost disk.
It this case perform a restore image to partition selecting the image file (.gho) from the d: and select as target the c: drive.
The disk c: will berepatitioned.

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by Ann777 In reply to Image Hard Drive

You can use any of the above software to create an exact image. Be aware though that an exact image of a bad hard disk drive may have some errors.

After doing this, test thouroughly. Make sure that your programs all work and don't be afraid to re-install or uninstall/reinstall any software that does not work.

If there's any information directly on the bad clusters, then chances are that some information will be lost.

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by alon In reply to Image Hard Drive

Just get norton ghost, boot up off a ghost boot disk and mirror the drive onto the new one.

No need to dump to an image. When done, make the new drive the master, and take the old drive out, and you should be back up and running with an identicalcopy of everything, only its a new drive.

Run a scandisk, defrag, and all when done.

It might be a good idea to backup your documents and data before you do anything just in case.

The newest versions of ghost (2001/2002), can burn images right to cdr, so if you have one you can burn your disk to cdr's. but depending on the size it could take many disks. if I were to do mine, I'd need a good stack of about 100 650mb disks. You can then restore the image off the cd onto the new disc and it makes for a nice hard copy backup thats good for several years...

Alon

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