issue with cloning a hard drive

March 16, 2011 at 12:09:49
Specs: Windows XP
I have a WD250GB hd that I'm trying to clone onto. The problem that I'm having is that its only showing that its cloning on 8GB of the hd and all the info is not cloning. I connected this hd to another pc to check it and it has no 8GB partition. Any suggestions?

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#1
March 16, 2011 at 12:56:10
Any clue as to how you are cloning it? Are you using WD''s software?

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#2
March 16, 2011 at 13:17:22
Is this regarding a laptop or netbook, or a desktop computer ?

The bios must be set to Auto detect drives by the method Auto or LBA..

The computer's bios must see the entire binary size of the 250gb drive, about 232.8gb.

XP must have SP1 or later updates installed in it in order to recognize drives larger than 137gb manufacturer's size = 128gb binary in the bios and in Windows as their full size.

An XP CD that has no SP updates at all cannot recognize drives larger than 137gb manufacturer's size = 128gb binary in the bios and in Windows as their full size.

"Are you using WD''s software?"

See response 3
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

starting at

"Or....

You can use free software (drive preparation programs)..."

Western Digital's is called
Data Lifeguard Tools software (Acronis True Image WD Edition and the WD diagnostic tool)

see response 11
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#3
March 16, 2011 at 15:15:45
@ Jefro: I'm using Ghost.

@ Tubesandwires: Its a desktop, I set the BIOS to boot from CD but when I start my process, its only cloning to 8GB of the 250GB. I've done it a few times before without any issues. Is it possible that the manufacturer sent me a defected hd?


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#4
March 16, 2011 at 17:06:37
Which version of Ghost?

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#5
March 16, 2011 at 17:14:49
what is the actual size of the source drive Partition you r going to clone ?

And can you try to create some partitions /copy data in newly created partitions, If the answer is yes then most probbaly the problem is not with the drive

Subhash Chandra.


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#6
March 16, 2011 at 17:18:17
Everything in response two applies except for you weren't using The Western Digital supplied software.

If the hard drive is being detected properly in the mboard's bios, then you probably have the problem referred to at the last link in response 2 - especially likely if you cloned a drive that was in a Dell system


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