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Clone/Image to External Hard Drive

August 27, 2010 at 11:50:58
Specs: Windows XP

Hi,
I have a hp zx 5000 laptop with 55 g harddrive that is full.I have removed all doc and pic files and have 20% free space.I want to clone the harddrive to a external 250g harddrive with ghost 2003. and put a 180g harddrive into the laptop.everything goes o.k. but then I get error message that ghost can not clone because the source harddrive is too fragmented.I have defragmented numerous times but always get the message "defragmenting is done-some files could not be defragmented".Is there any way to get the source harddrive ready to clone? I have very limited computer skills.

Thanks
Pete


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#1
August 27, 2010 at 12:25:35

Instead of cloning the drive, why not create an image. Then install your new hard drive and install the operating system. You can make a Norton boot disk at the time you create an image. After you have the new system up and running, you can restore the old drive by installing the image you created. Store the image on the external and refer the installation to the file. It should work because all you're changing is the hard drive. The other hardware remains the same. I hope I made sense.

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#2
August 27, 2010 at 13:24:46

I don't know about the message you are getting but I do know the Ghost 2003 earlier builds don't work well, if at all, with SATA hard drives. I believe the earliest compatible one is version 2003.793. Even then it doesn't like external drives.

That may not be your issue at all as the message seems to indicate something different.

You might want to check with HP to verify the largest drive you can use.


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#3
August 27, 2010 at 13:29:39

OtheHill may be right. I use Ghost 14 and it works fine.

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#4
August 27, 2010 at 13:37:26

Try to boot to safe mode and defragment it. It may be that because it is so full xp won't defrag it correctly. May have to get below 15% free space by moving large files off to defrag. Be sure you see help and support pages in xp, look for disk clean up. Disk clean up may be able to free up enough space to let a good defrag work.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#5
August 27, 2010 at 13:39:37

Might try other ways too. Ntbackup would work if you made a backup and then installed xp on the new drive then apply the ntback to restore.

G4U is a free program that should work too.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#6
August 30, 2010 at 09:34:01

Thank you all.I'm out of town for the week and will try your suggestions when I'm back,
Thanks

Pete


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