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Cloning HDD...

By cyberghost_1 ·
I recently had a problem when I cloned a 40 GB HDD to a 80 GB HDD, same brand both 5200 RPM. Using Norton Ghost...The source HDD (30GB) got damaged somehow. The Cloned HDD (80GB) works perfectly. I keep getting a red X message, with no info or any clue as to what program, app or reason. It appears every 10 seconds, or every time I open anything. What is the deal with that? Is it common for the source HDD to be left corrupt after being cloned? Did I make a mistake during the process? I really need help with this because I have to Clone another HDD tomorrow, but the Source HDD has to be left without any problem, so both can be used in a Network...any suggestions?

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by willcomp In reply to Cloning HDD...

When a drive is cloned, it is only read so I see no reasonable way that the source drive would be affected.

You can copy the cloned drive back to the original drive. That may clear your errors.

I've never had a copy that was bad either when using Ghost. It stops with even minor errors on the source or target drive. So if Ghost finishes, you should have a good copy.

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

Actually you can ghost an 80GB drive to a 40GB drive if 80GB has less than 40GB on it. Limiting factor is size of used space on drive.

Force clone will allow completion with some file errors. What was message from ghost?

I recommend running Ghost from a bootable floppy rather than from within Windows. Have found Ghost 2002 to be most reliable version.

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by willcomp In reply to

Further clarification: Run Ghost from boot floppy and use 2002 when cloning hard drives.

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

Thanks a lot got it...where can I find Ghost 2002? I have a Utiliities CD for a Bio Star MB with Ghost 2003. I can only install it to the PC using that MB...

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by shuja52 In reply to Cloning HDD...

Yes it is quite unusual to have damage the original HDD or its Data, something is wrong with your HDD, viruses or like that

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

HDD is fine, brand new...

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by ReWrite In reply to Cloning HDD...

What os are you using? If you have w2k or xp you might try looking in your event logs to see if there are any error messages.

Cheers.

RW

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

win98SE...nothing in event logs...thanks

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to Cloning HDD...

I think it is important that I mention, when I cloned the HDD I used the option FORCE CLONING, because at the first attempt it stopped the process. I don't remember the reason that was displayed for it stopping...does this have anything to do with it?

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to Cloning HDD...

The OS for that Cloning process was WIN98SE...I upgraded to WinXP PRO and I think that everything is ok now, but I get a msg. stating that Windows has a major error, but nothing seems to be affected. Monday I am going to look into it in detail, to see if there are any problems. Is it recommended not to use the Force cloning option in Ghost, when cloning HDD's? Does HDD Capacity difference between Source HDD and Target HDD matter? Obviously I can't clone a 80 GB HDD to a 40 GB HDD...

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