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Kudos0

Cloning Laptop Drive

For several years I have used Ghost 2003 to clone my hard drive in my desktop computer.  Since I could put two drives into my desktop, the procedure was fairly simple and straightforward.  I recently purchased a laptop and also purchased Ghost 14 to use to create an image (now called a recovery point) to an external usb drive.

I would prefer to make an exact duplicate (a clone) of the hard drive in my laptop, but since it only holds a single hard drive, I'm not sure how to accomplish it.  I know I can create an image on the external drive, then recover that image to a new internal drive in the laptop, but if I choose to go that way, do I have to first format the new drive, and do I have to recover each partition?  My hard drive came partitioned into a C: drive (OS) and a D: drive (recovery).  The recovery point I have created included both partitions, but the D: partition has an indicator next to it that looks like a circle with a line through it, and the C: partition has a check mark next to it.  I also know that there are some hidden partitions on the drive.  The computer is a Dell XPS M1530.

The question is this:  How can I best make an exact duplicate of the drive I currently have in the computer -- one that if installed into the computer would boot up and have everything on it that the original contains?

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Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

For several years I have used Ghost 2003 to clone my hard drive in my desktop computer.  Since I could put two drives into my desktop, the procedure was fairly simple and straightforward.  I recently purchased a laptop and also purchased Ghost 14 to use to create an image (now called a recovery point) to an external usb drive.

I would prefer to make an exact duplicate (a clone) of the hard drive in my laptop, but since it only holds a single hard drive, I'm not sure how to accomplish it.  I know I can create an image on the external drive, then recover that image to a new internal drive in the laptop, but if I choose to go that way, do I have to first format the new drive, and do I have to recover each partition?  My hard drive came partitioned into a C: drive (OS) and a D: drive (recovery).  The recovery point I have created included both partitions, but the D: partition has an indicator next to it that looks like a circle with a line through it, and the C: partition has a check mark next to it.  I also know that there are some hidden partitions on the drive.  The computer is a Dell XPS M1530.

The question is this:  How can I best make an exact duplicate of the drive I currently have in the computer -- one that if installed into the computer would boot up and have everything on it that the original contains?

Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

Jack, I had the same thought, except my laptop is a Gateway and OS is Windows XP. You can clone the laptop drive, using USB connection for the target drive. Please read this post, it will save you a lot of frustration and time:

http://community.norton.com/norton/board/message?board.id=other&thread.id=7865

Good luck!

Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

Here's a link to a wonderful website and article describing how the Dell recovery partition works and explaining how it changes the MBR which may give trouble to some utilities:

http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

Thanks for the replies.  Maybe someone can answer these two questions:  If I want to restrore a recovery point to a new hard drive, do I first have to format the new hard drive?  Second,  if my recovery point contains more than one partition, do I have to restore each partition one at a time?
Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

The cross is because the partition is hidden.  In order to a true copy you can do one of the following:

Copy Drive (under advanced) - after the copy you do not want both drives connected on the first boot

Define a backup (recovery points are incremental backups) to an external drive and then recover (you will need to unhide your D: partition first if you want to include that partition)

Make sense?

Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

Actually, the D: partition (which is called recovery) is not hidden.  There are two hidden partitions, but only the C: drive (partition) shows a checkmark -- the others have the circle with a line through it.  I have defined the recovery point to include everything -- C:, D:, and the two hidden partitioins.  But I have two questions:  First, if I recover to a new hard drive, do I have to first format the new hard drive, and second, do I have to recover each partitioin one at a time, or will recovering the C: partition (the one with a checkmark) also automatically recover the others.
Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

You don't have to format, but it's not a bad idea.  When you recover you can choose to recover both partitions at the same time.

Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

I assume you mean that I can recover all partitions at the same time -- C:, D:, and the two hidden partitions.  The recovery point contains all of them.
Kudos0

Re: Cloning Laptop Drive

Correct, whatever is in the backup is what you can recover and it can be at the same time.

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