04-15-2012 06:21 PM
I'm using Ghost 15 to upgrade my stock 80 gig hard drive to a 500 gig hard drive on my compaq laptop. I followed the recommendation in another forum post to backup my original HD to an external drive, created a boot disc, then installed the new HD and restore.
I wanted to allocate 100 gig to the primary partition with the balance partitioned to a separate drive. In the restore process I selected most of the options (make disc bootable, resize after recovery 100gig, copy master boot, etc.). It restored just fine and the computer is running. However, I now have a 66gig unallocated partition in the front of my drive, a 100gig primary partition (new C drive), and a 300 gig unallocated partition at the back of the drive. Coincidentally, the 66 gigs was the original size of the data on my original drive.
What did I do wrong and how do I fix it? I tried loading partition wizard, but it won't let me combine the two unallocated partitions. I can simply start over if I can figure out a way to format the drive. But, being that it is on a laptop, I can't install two drives internal drives at the same time. Any help would be appreciated.
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04-15-2012 06:34 PM
You are clever. Never seen that before. Which OS do you have?
I'd start again. Delete the OS partition using a boot disk so you have 500 GB of unallocated space. See this post about deleting phantom drives... (actually you can do this in Ghost at the same time as you delete any phantom drives)
04-15-2012 07:08 PM
Thats the result of a "phantom" drive in the restore process. Ghost was able to see how the drive was setup before and was tring to be helpful. Every time I do a restore onto a different drive I always click the "edit" button to make sure Ghost is going to restore the partition where I want it.
If you want to use partition wizzard, your correct that you can't join together 2 partitions or unpatitioned spaces that are seperated by another partition. You can however, "slide" the partition by holding down the mouse button and draging the partition to the front of the drive. (To the left). Be aware that if the OS is vista or 7 you may need to do a startup repair after it is moved to get it to boot.
04-18-2012 07:13 PM