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What operating system is on the original hard drive ?
If it's Vista or Windows 7, that version of Ghost is probably too old.
Vista and Windows 7 use a slightly different NTFS version that older porgrams may not "understand" - e.g. Partition Magic 8.x, the last version, doesn't. The program has to be Vista or Windows 7 "ready" or compatible.
You will have problems with any cloning software if the orginal drive has problems.
Test the hard drive with the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics,
Hitachi's is here:
Seagate's Seatools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
Run CMD, then CHKDSK /R (drive letter): on all the partitions on the original drive.
For the partition Windows is running from , which is usually but not always C in XP, CHKDSK will have to run the next time the computer boots , before Windows loads. Answer Yes to the question.
" Use the cloning software available from the HDD manufacturer."
"Might be easier to use the Hitachi software or clonezilla or g4u or such."
Hitachi does NOT offer a free version of cloning software:
From their FAQ's
Q: How do I make an exact copy my old hard drive and put in on the new hard drive?
A: There are several alternatives available depending on your hardware platform and operating environment.
Symantec Norton Ghost
Acronis True Image
Many laptops only have one internal drive bay. One solution is to mount the drive into an external enclosure and clone the drive. Apricorn and CMS both offer reasonably priced packages. Please visit the following sites for details:
EZ Upgrade Universal Hard Drive Upgrade Kit by Apricorn
CMS Data Transfer Kit for 2.5" Laptop Drive by CMS Products
Seagate and Western Digital have a free "crippled" version of Acronis software ("crippled", as in, it can copy an entire physical drive's data but not just individual partitions), but you must have at least one hard drive of their brand (Seagate or Maxtor, or Western Digital) attached to the computer and recognized by Windows in order to use it. Seagate's version is named MaxBlast - Western Digital's is named something else. Seagate also has another free "crippled" version of cloning software, same one hard drive must be their's requirement.