Solved Cloning Disk to Disk

Gigabyte Ga-8ipe1000-g motherboard
February 7, 2012 at 00:43:21
Specs: Window Xp professional SP3, Intel ® Pentium ® 4 CPU 2.8 GHz
Dear All,
I am using Norton Ghost 2003 to clone the hard disk 1 TB to another 1 TB. I know the the original hard disk usage is nearly 1 TB. But when I use ghost 2003 to clone since saturday 4 Feb 2012 until now the finish percentage is only 2%, OMG. It means two days two percent. But today morning I cancel the ghost because the server running on that harddisk, so I can't continue and I must running during working hour. So is there any disk to disk cloning software faster than NGhost? is the software you prefer is easy to use? Is someone can help me? Thanks.

Best Regards,


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February 8, 2012 at 17:25:26
"ghost 2003 CD"

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:
http://www.hitachigst.com/support/d...

or ....

Seagate's Seatools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

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:
http://www.hitachigst.com/support/d...

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.

PCs

Symantec Norton Ghost

Acronis True Image

Miray HDClone
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
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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.





#1
February 7, 2012 at 01:12:53
The question is, what kind of hard drives do you have?
Hopefully, you don´t use an external usb hard drive for cloning the original hard drive.

Best is SCSI to SCSI or SATA to SATA or eSATA.


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#2
February 7, 2012 at 06:46:41
Don't use Ghost. Use the cloning software available from the HDD manufacturer. Can't help you since you didn't list brand names of the HDDs you're working with.

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#3
February 7, 2012 at 12:50:56
Ghost should have only taken like 40 minutes. There is something wrong or set wrong maybe with what you are doing or some setting you selected.

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#4
February 7, 2012 at 19:52:27
Yes I am using HITACHI harddisk 1 TB. Source Disk is "HITACHI HDS721010CLA332 1TB SATA" and the destination Disk is "HITACHI HDS721010 1TB SATA". There is three SATA port on motherboard and also found eSATA at the back of Casing. I using SATA cable for both hard disk. What I am doing is I boot up with ghost 2003 CD,.. Before I coming into ghost, I receive some message"norton detected more than one harddisk on your computer, this ghost version is available for only single harddisk. etc ...etc.. " Then two option coming but I forgot already. I choose left option. Then choose disk to disk>choose source disk>choose destination disk> and thats all. When I come back on monday to check, I found only 2% finish. Thanks

Best Regards,

Horace


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#5
February 8, 2012 at 12:57:09
Might be easier to use the Hitachi software or clonezilla or g4u or such.

Might run smart diags on it just to see if it is a good drive first.

A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.


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February 8, 2012 at 17:25:26
✔ Best Answer
"ghost 2003 CD"

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:
http://www.hitachigst.com/support/d...

or ....

Seagate's Seatools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

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:
http://www.hitachigst.com/support/d...

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.

PCs

Symantec Norton Ghost

Acronis True Image

Miray HDClone
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.




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#7
February 12, 2012 at 22:18:17
Thanks for you all info, I use clonezilla to clone the hard disk nearly 1 TB finished within one day. Thanks

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#8
February 13, 2012 at 00:27:47
We're glad to hear you solved your problem.

"...nearly 1 TB finished within one day. "

Cloning is always relatively slow, but it should not take more than 4 or 5 hours for that size of drive.


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