06-01-2012 07:08 PM
Sorry for the dumb question but will GHOST allow me to clone 1 HD to another from my laptop? Meaning from my laptop plug in 2 Hard Drives via the USB/Connector and clone everything on 1 to the other and not affect or grab anything from the local laptop hard drive? So my local C drive does not get cloned but the external drive D gets clones to external drive E.
Can it do this? And if so what version/etc? Thanks Everyone.
06-01-2012 09:58 PM
It depends what is on that drive.
If it's just data then it will work. If it contains an operating system then you really shouldn't use USB, the drives should be directly connected to the systems motherboard so that the BIOS can provide the accurate disk geometry.
06-02-2012 07:43 AM
Thanks for the reply. Yes the drive i want to clone does have an OS... Its from an old POS system running embedded. Problem is I cant use the old POS system to run ghost. So is it best not to use a laptop and use rather an older desktop that supports IDE connectivity straight to the motherboard? In this case I can then image 1 HD to the other?
06-02-2012 11:25 AM
The problem is that USB is software driven, it uses the operating system and drivers instead of the system BIOS.
For best results you always want a direct BIOS connection so it can provide the accurate drive translation.
Some systems use different geometry for the hard drive and USB cannot replicate that geometry because it doesn't have a direct low level connection to the drive.
If you have another old IDE system that would be better than using USB. I would save USB for a last resort.
I would also consider making an image and restoring that image onto the replacement drive rather than a drive copy.
For image\restore you only need to deal with one drive at a time and you can save the image file should you need it again or in case it didn't work properly the first time.
I actually have a POS system that runs some terminals for a retail business.
They use posiflex terminals that only allow one IDE connection at a time.
Years ago I pulled one of the hard drives and put it in an old IDE desktop I had laying around.
Just make sure it doesn't "boot" in the other system or you will end up with a mess.
Then I imaged it to create an image file and I have that image as a backup should I ever need it for one of the terminals.
That image will still work for me since all the other data gets pulled down from the server each morning.
I can also use it on any terminal because they are all the same except the network address and terminal names.
06-02-2012 12:14 PM
Thanks... Is there a certain version I need over the other for this? Just attach 2nd HD to desktop, make image of it.... Plug in other HD and restore that image to it correct?
06-02-2012 12:54 PM
Any version will work, Ghost 15 is the most recent and has an advantage because it also lets you create images from the recovery disk.
Yes, you can either add the hard drive as a slave to another drive on the IDE system and image the POS drive onto the other one.
If the second hard drive has a supported operating system (XP SP2 or greater) you can install the trial version of Ghost to image the POS drive.
(Just make sure the POS drive does not boot or windows will start redetecting the new hardware and your going to have a problem).
If the second hard drive does not have an operating system, or if you wanted to be extra safe, then you would boot to the Ghost recovery disk and image the POS drive onto the other drive.
Note that it takes a serial number to create an image from the recovery disk, you would have to first purchase the product.
Either way, after the image is created you would remove the POS drive and install the replacement drive. Then boot to the recovery disk and restore the image onto the new drive.
Be aware that you will need to change the IDE jumpers in order to add the drive as a slave and then later change it back to master like it was before.
Here are some download links if you need them.
Ghost 15 trial:
Ghost 15 recovery disk:
06-02-2012 01:39 PM
Thanks for the reply... Sorry a bit confused with the boot disks/etc... Once I make an image from the POS drive onto my local drive can I not just remove the POS drive and connect the clean HD for restore? And test the image I am trying to get is an XP embedded OS.
So stick POS drive onto motherboard as slave.... Image the POS HD to local PC..... Remove the POS HD.... Plug clean HD onto motherboard as slave... Use software to restore image from local PC to new slave clean HD... Is this correct?
Sorry for the dumb questions... Seams like a simple process but I dont want to mess up.