|This was my first time cloning a drive from a Dell Inspiron 2400. I wish my friend allowed me to start off with a fresh XP install but he wanted everything kept as-is.|
I have cloned drives before but this is the first time having problems like what I'm going to try and explain.
I have searched this forum, as well as other forums, and haven't come across the problems that I had ran into.
First off I need to display the results window of a newly cloned disk so you can get an idea of what I'm dealing with.
Drive window from Paragon Partition Manager
The logical drive "E" I'm taking this to be the Dell recovery partition. I had to assign a next available drive letter, "E" in Paragon to satisfy the program though I'm told I didn't have to do this. Note this is a single hard drive, a Western Digital 160GB.
On the original drive that was cloned there was a "C" and "D" partition. On the newly cloned drive "E" is now what "D" was from the original drive and I'm seeing that is where the recovery partition fell into.
The FAT16 partition must be the Dell specific files for booting. I'm not too clear on this though?
In the image I provided there are two unallocated sections, one on "C" and the other on the "E" partition. I have run into the problem to where I cannot resize any of the partitions, nor am not sure if I can take the unallocated space from "C" and "E" and just merge them, somehow.
The new drive cloned only 50% from what I have witnessed and from many readers from forums this appears to be common when cloning a Dell based computer?
Would it be possible to merge both unallocated spaces; "C" and "E" into their respective partitions or am I at risk in damaging data?
I will of course backup all important data on my friend's drive before dealing with what I need to do.
As a note I started this cloning job for my friend 8 months ago. He wanted to continue using his current drive and since then I have been asking only a few places but nobody is familiar with Dell computers and cloning and I thought to research the topic myself and had stumbled across some very technical issues and problems that users have had with cloning Dells. HPA, DSR, hex editing data on the disk itself, I'm really lost here as to what the next move should be.
I tried registering to the Dell site some time ago but couldn't log on and thus I gave up.
If I had it my way I would backup and redo his new drive freshly and cleanly even more so since my friend's computer is about due for a clean slate and also somebody overwrote his Dell OEM OS with some XP Pro files. I don't know how but this seems to had been the case. This shouldn't affect cloning but maybe this could make the system unstable which it is slow performing even when using antivirus programs and keeping up with maintenance.
I thank everyone for their time in reading this post. Maybe I should had looked into this more before cloning my friend's drive. As I've said: I have cloned many drives before but never have I run into anything like this and now a friend of mine is asking me questions to which I cannot really answer and it doesn't help when that friend is computer illiterate and is stubborn with change by just starting over fresh.