04-23-2012 10:24 AM
I'm running Ghost 15 w/ SP1. I have a source 500 GB HDD in my laptop with two partitions. Under 200 GB is in use
I have a new target 240 GB SSD in an enclosure attached via USB. I'm looking to clone the hard drive so I can swap them.
I can't seem to "Copy Disk" both partitions to the SSD. Am I supposed to do them one at a time and if so, will it ask me how large I want to make the first partition and the second will be as available?
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04-23-2012 11:31 AM
You can't do it in a USB attached enclosure with Ghost 15, the target needs to be prepared properly and you will need to run a "One Time Backup" of your existing HDD onto an external drive first.
It would be helpful to post the pic of disk management for us to see exactly what you have in terms of partitions on that HDD.
Run your backup and then get back to us for further instructions.
04-23-2012 12:46 PM
If you read this post Here it will give you full practical instructions on how to do an Image/Restore.
It is the only way really to do a laptop "Clone" if you can't fit another drive in the laptop.
04-23-2012 02:34 PM
As Deric mentioned, we really need to see a screenshot of Disk Management.
04-24-2012 08:03 AM
Thanks guys for the help. Here is a picture from Disk Management. My SSD was plugged in but doesn't show here; I do remember coming into Disk Management to format it when I got it, perhaps this needs to be undone/wiped. In Norton Ghost it says "240GB, 899MB Used"
I ran a one-time backup of C: and D: to a separate external hard drive (not the SSD)
04-24-2012 12:07 PM
The SSD has to be connected direct to the motherboard.
Your disk management show no complicated partitions.
All you need to backup is the C: partition, that is the main one to safeguard your computer.
Now if you want to swap drives you are going to have to down size it to fit.
You have a 500 gig source and 240 target I have recently done this in the thread "Copy Drive Failure"
Read this post Here
I would hang on till BrianK comes online I am sure he will be able to better advise you on this one.
04-24-2012 01:20 PM
The first partition is probably a recovery partition and is not needed on your SSD.
Delete all partitions from the SSD before you start the following.
Remove the HD from your laptop and install the SSD
Boot from the Ghost CD and restore your C: drive image
Boot into Win7
Your C: drive has only 23% free space. Decide how many more apps you are likely to install and resize the C: drive larger. Or you might decide to uninstall unnecessary apps to create more free space.
Create a primary partition in the remaining unallocated space
Connect your old HD via USB etc to the laptop and Copy/Paste data from the Data partition into the just created partition. The new partition might not be large enough to hold all of your data.
04-24-2012 02:11 PM - edited 04-24-2012 02:13 PM
Edit... you don't have to boot from the Ghost CD to do this. Run Diskpart in Win7.
05-02-2012 07:45 PM
Almost there. I deleted the partition on the SSD, and made a USB ghost boot drive. The tutorial you linked required another computer have an optical drive, which I didnt have, so I followed the instructions here to make a Ghost USB system recovery disk : http://reboot.pro/12832/
Anyway, I finally restored C: to my SSD, but it didnt let me resize the drive i believe. That's ok, I think the remaining 20 gigs free is adequate. I checked disk management and the remaining space shows as a partition but not as a drive letter (so I can copy and paste to it). When I right click on it, the only active option is "Delete Volume". Heres a screenshot
Further, when I plug in my old harddrive via an external enclosure, nothing seems to happen. The light on the enclosure lights up, but no sound or visual response from Windows, and no drive in Disk Management.
Almost back running! Thanks for your continued help.