04-01-2012 10:59 AM
I'm about to switch out my hard drive, and got good advice here before...
I didn't get things started right, and I want to wipe the blackboard clean and start over so I get this right..
Here's what I have.. Windows XP Home, 80gig hard drive that's on it's last legs...2 partitions, C and D...C has the OS..
I have a 120 gig external drive(G drive)..New 360 gig hard drive that will replace the 80gig...No jumping..Only 1 bay for hd..
I backed up both the partitions and files and folders to the external drive, which I found out here was redundant..
I want to wipe the external drive clean, and start from scratch..
When I read the contents of G drive, I'm seeing 7 folders..File Backup Data,Symantec Recovery Environment, MY_C_Drive002,
MY_C_Drive002_i001, and 3 other backup folders..
I want to delete at least the Drive folders and start over..
Should I keep the File Backup Data folder and the Symantec Recovery Environment folder, or can I just wipe it all out and start over ???
I also need instructions on how to copy the drive and put it on the new hd...
My intention is to copy the old hd to the external hd, switch out the hd's, and recover from the external to the new hd..(please correct me if any of this is wrong)
I'm trying to be careful since this is the first time I'm doing this...A step by step would be mucho appreciated..
04-01-2012 11:23 AM
To start you off have a read of this post Here.
Run a backup of your computer highlighting both C and D onto the external drive.
This backup will create the files you need.
Before you clear the external destination drive create a folder on the drive and call it Backup 1 or whatever you want to call it and when you set up the backup browse for the folder and direct the backup into it.
Once you have the backup completed you can delete what ever other files you don't want on that drive.
Try that for now and get back to us for further instructions.
04-02-2012 01:16 AM
We will need a pic of disk management, right click on computer icon, manage then disk management
use this icon to post it
I take it you are talking laptop,
your backup should be run onto an external USB drive into the folder as explained.
Your new drive should be prepared by creating unallocated space, do this in disk management.
I don't use laptops but you can use an adaptor to do it or prepare in another pc.
If you read the post in message 2 and run through to message 56 for more info.
04-02-2012 07:49 AM
After the backup, what physically goes on here? I take out the old drive, put in the new drive, and then what?
You then transfer the image onto the replacement drive.
Before you start we really need to see the disk management pic in case there are any hidden or complicated partitions.
If you don't want to read the post in message 2 and then 56 this is what you do:-
1. PC complete with 80 gig existing drive
2. A USB external 120 gig drive
3. New replacement 360 gig internal drive.
1.Run a "One Time Backup" onto the external drive, preferably into a folder "Backup 1" created on the drive.
This type of backup is a simple FULL computer image that eliminates any unnecessary settings.
2. Highlight both C: and D: partitions
3. Complete the rest of the settings and click finish - Ghost will then backup both partitions on the 80 gig drive. So long as there are no complicated hidden partitions.
(that is why we need to see disk management) then continue as follows:-
4. Prepare the replacement 360 gig drive by creating the unallocated space, delete it in disk management.
5. Install the prepared drive in the pc.
6. Boot up with the G15 SRD or installation CD.
7. Select "Recover My Computer" then Next.
8. Choose File Name and Browse
9. Click on Computer Icon and Open - see external drive.
10. Search for the .V2i files you just created.
11. Select the first file (C:) and Open then Next
12. Tick "Verify Recovery Point before Restore"
Tick "Check For File System Errors"
Dot the circle "Primary Partition"
Tick "Set Drive Active"
Tick "Restore Original DiskSignature"
Tick "Restore MBR"
13. Click Next - Finish- Yes.
That method will transfer the .v2i files onto the new drive,
Depending what is on D: partition you can leave it at that, if you want to include D: partition then continue as follows:-
1. Search for the v2i files for D: as above
2. Tick "Verify the Recovery Pointbefore restore"
3. Tick "Check For File System Errors"
4. Dot the circle for "Logical Drive"
5. Tick "Resize Restored Drive" if you want to
6. Tick "Reboot"
That method will complete the exercise and you should have a bootable "Cloned " drive with C: and D: on the drive.
When you boot up with the new drive you may need to adjust the size of the partitions.
I would keep the partition C: just for the O/S and Apps and D: for your data then it is a simple matter of running a backup of C: which is in effect a full computer backup.