Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 17 to 32 of 39

Thread: Copying hard drives.

  1. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Stafford, West Midlands
    Posts
    642
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    It will not make an 'image' of it in a file, it will only copy the hard drive exactly how it is. So this program can be used for backup actually! Great eh!

    Norton ghost and similar programs make .ghost files and these can only be opened by ghost.

    These free prorams will not make one file containing all the data, they literally make a replica of the original hard drive.

  2. #18
    Gold Member Marcos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,119
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked
    26 times in 17 posts
    Well...thats not too bad , I suppose i could just buy an older 5GB IDE drive or something to store my backup, but that would just be too much hassle, ideally i want to be able to back it up to DVD perfect so that i simply have to copy the DVD to the HD and windows is back to perfect everytime? Is that possible, with all my settings? Any program do that?

  3. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Stafford, West Midlands
    Posts
    642
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    That is possible with norton ghost. I do exactly this procedure with my laptop.

    I back up the entire hard drive the way I want it to 3 DVDs, it takes just under an hour in total to backup the drive (it has 18GB of used space)

    When I mess up windows I simply restore my computer to the last backup, nice and easy!

    There are other programs that do the same but I am not aware of them because I use ghost.

    link: http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/ghost_personal/

  4. #20
    Gold Member Marcos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,119
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked
    26 times in 17 posts
    What is the procedure for restoring the images back to the HD? I think my normal installation only takes up one DVD. And if it takes up more i'll clear some unnecessary things to bring it down to 4.3GB.

  5. #21
    lazy student nvening's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    4,656
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked
    31 times in 30 posts
    u will need nortan ghost installed to restore the image as far as i know

  6. #22
    Gold Member Marcos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,119
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked
    26 times in 17 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    u will need nortan ghost installed to restore the image as far as i know
    That doesnt make much sense , im wanting to be able to format the only HD in the laptop, how can i run norton when the drive it is installed on is formatting itself?

  7. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Stafford, West Midlands
    Posts
    642
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Marcos
    That doesnt make much sense , im wanting to be able to format the only HD in the laptop, how can i run norton when the drive it is installed on is formatting itself?
    There are two options on how to restore a ghost image file back to a hard drive:

    1. From Windows open Norton Ghost and select a 'restore'

    2. Use the bootable norton ghost cd to load the DOS version of ghost which will copy an image to the hard drive. This is really useful when windows wont boot or it is a formatted hard drive.

  8. #24
    Gold Member Marcos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,119
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked
    26 times in 17 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy!!!
    There are two options on how to restore a ghost image file back to a hard drive:

    1. From Windows open Norton Ghost and select a 'restore'

    2. Use the bootable norton ghost cd to load the DOS version of ghost which will copy an image to the hard drive. This is really useful when windows wont boot or it is a formatted hard drive.
    Right, that second one is good, but i want it all on one DVD, but i suppose i could live with 2 disks.

  9. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    351
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked
    9 times in 9 posts
    • nimbu's system
      • Motherboard:
      • M3N78-EMH
      • CPU:
      • AMD 4050e
      • Memory:
      • 4GB (2x2GB) Cosair XMS DDR2
      • Storage:
      • 30GB Samsung SSD : 250GB Seagate ES
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 9800GT
      • PSU:
      • Hyper Type R 550W Modular
      • Case:
      • Antec P180 Mini
    Ghost can also be operated from the command line. For an older machine I made a bootable DVD, with and image on it. Just pop the disk in and bang 30 mins later windows would be reinstalled. Ghost compression aint too shabby, so i could get a windows install, office and some essentials all on. Couldnt use it for my latest machine as issues with ghost and SATA (native/legacy mode).

    If someone needs im sure i can find out what the command line parameters are.

    Nimbu
    MAIN BOX: 4200+ @2.75 : Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe: XP120 + Papst: 2Gb Mushkin Redline PC4000: 512MB 7950GT: 2x36GB WD Raptors in RAID 0:WD 420GB : NEC DVDR/RW: All Wrapped up in a Antec P180



  10. #26
    Senior Member joshwa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Shef-field, UK
    Posts
    4,818
    Thanks
    94
    Thanked
    66 times in 61 posts
    • joshwa's system
      • Motherboard:
      • PC Chips M577 AT/ATX
      • CPU:
      • AMD K6-2 500Mhz
      • Memory:
      • 512mb PC100 SDRAM
      • Storage:
      • 6.4GB Samsung
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 16mb Matrox G400 Dual Head AGP
      • PSU:
      • ATX 145watt
      • Case:
      • Midi Tower AT
      • Monitor(s):
      • 27" iiyama TFT Widescreen
      • Internet:
      • Awful horrible ADSL
    You could use Nero BackItUp to backup a whole drive and then restore to a different drive. (presumably - I'm gonna give it a go now)

  11. #27
    Gold Member Marcos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,119
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked
    26 times in 17 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by joshwa
    You could use Nero BackItUp to backup a whole drive and then restore to a different drive. (presumably - I'm gonna give it a go now)
    Would that be a perfect copy whereby either disk would boot windows on its own perfectly?

  12. #28
    Senior Member joshwa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Shef-field, UK
    Posts
    4,818
    Thanks
    94
    Thanked
    66 times in 61 posts
    • joshwa's system
      • Motherboard:
      • PC Chips M577 AT/ATX
      • CPU:
      • AMD K6-2 500Mhz
      • Memory:
      • 512mb PC100 SDRAM
      • Storage:
      • 6.4GB Samsung
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 16mb Matrox G400 Dual Head AGP
      • PSU:
      • ATX 145watt
      • Case:
      • Midi Tower AT
      • Monitor(s):
      • 27" iiyama TFT Widescreen
      • Internet:
      • Awful horrible ADSL
    from what i've done it looked like it was doing the whole partition so i would assume yes - i ended up not needing to restore though

  13. #29
    Prize winning member. rajagra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,023
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Another free option is BootItNG, which I've seen highly recommended. But you need to read the documentation, and I haven't got round to it, because I already have Ghost which is fantastic.

  14. #30
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    119
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by visidigi
    nvening, 6 months is a falsity, if you know what you are doing you can easily make a windows install last years, its all about making sure its kept lean and you don;t install suff for the sake and you make sure that when you do you do it in a constructive way.

    I have not reinstalled for two years and the only reason I am going to now is because I am moving over to SATA

    m@
    Very Very true.. One of my PC's I built in October 2002 (yikes didnt realise it was that old ) anyway... It still has the original Win2k install, and runs smooth as anything, think in its entire life its had 2 BSOD's.... At one point it was running 24/7 and I think the record uptime was 100-something days (and I dont just mean turned on, I hammered it like crazy, 18hr gaming sessions etc...)..... So this needing to reinstall Windows every 6 months is a joke Keep away from crap and you're Windows installation will stay healthy...

    As for copying one drive to another, Ghost is the way
    ~NiROE~

  15. #31
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    18
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Norton Ghost disk clone questions

    I am running Ghost 9.0.2.3981 on Win XP Home SP2 (all patches). The PC is a mobo Asus P4S8X with 1Gb RAM, and three hard drives - the smallest is C: and is only 40Gb. The C: disk is full and I want to install a large new drive to replace it - can I get Norton Ghost "Clone mode - disk to disk" to copy 100% of the old C: drive over to new drive and then physically reconnect the new drive in the C: IDE slot/chain after it is complete? Will the new C: drive boot up and then include 100% of the old drive including the registry and even Norton Ghost itself? Will this screw up the activiation of Win XP back at the mothership in Seattle?

  16. #32
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Stafford, West Midlands
    Posts
    642
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    No that will be fine, it wont mess up any of the activation as long as you only change one component - ie the hard drive. Everything will be copied over, absolutely everything.

    I myself actually found it far easier to use seagate's free disck copying software, ghost wouldnt work for me with clone mode.

    http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/...s/discwiz.html

    I used the 32 bit version for use in windows, the interface is great and its very easy to use.

    edit: lol looks like im repeating myself, I've alredy posted this link previously in the thread. Its so old I forgot about it though
    Last edited by Timmy!!!; 28-04-2006 at 10:24 PM.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Question about hard drives in SFF PCs
    By milanlad in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 03-02-2005, 01:30 AM
  2. Which Hard Drives for this...
    By milanlad in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-01-2005, 02:30 PM
  3. Combining 2 Hard Drives onto one.
    By alexander in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 19-12-2004, 09:38 PM
  4. need some help with my two hard drives!!!!
    By jester212 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 27-03-2004, 05:01 AM
  5. aging hard drives
    By a deadly fart in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-11-2003, 11:07 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •