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Ghost-15 Copy of one HDD to another HDD is not working, WHY?

Re: Ghost-15 Copy of one HDD to another is not working, WHY? Greetings: I received a new (new to me anyway) IBM ThinkPad R40 with a 30GB internal HDD, Windows XP and SP3. I filled that up in less than two days and copied the 30GB HDD onto one of my 40GB HDD (Using Ghost 15) found in a second HDD R40 Laptop insert in the R/W DVD bay. The process seemed to go smoothly and it was labeled by Ghost-15 as “successful”. However, When I swapped the two HDD’s, and rebooted, the new 40GB HDD will only boot up as far as the Microsoft Windows XP screen - just before the User ID logon screen is supposed to appear. The Mouse works but there is nothing to click on – no User ID’s. There the reboot process stops! I selected: Ghost-15 -> Tools -> Copy My Hard Drive -> Welcome to the Copy Drive Wizard -> Next -> Source Drive -> C:/ 27.1GB Used, Type Primary -> NEXT -> Destination D:/ 39.1 GB available, Type Primary -> NEXT -> Options: 1) Check Source for file System errors, 2) Check destination for file system errors, 3) Set drive active for booting OS, 4) Copy MBR, 5) destination partition type: Primary Partition -> Next -> Finish -> HDD Files will be over-written warning message -> Continue -> YES. The 2nd HDD was Fat32 before the overwrite and NTFS after the overwrite. It had to do a forced disconnect to use that HDD as it was user-locked by something else and I could NOT find out what. Does anyone have any ideas on how to correct this? Will running it through Ghost-15 a second time help? I really need to increase the HDD to at least the 40GB size – the 30GB size is full! However, Right now, it is the ONLY HDD that will work. Both HDDs came from the same manufacturer and both are virtually identical except for their size. The R40 sees and uses both, one as the primary and one as the added inserted Drive. It just does NOT go through a full bootup with both HDDs! Respectfully,

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Kudos0

Re: Ghost-15 Copy of one HDD to another HDD is not working, WHY?


jimmyfixit014 wrote:
. The 2nd HDD was Fat32 before the overwrite and NTFS after the overwrite.

You copied into a partition with a drive letter. That's why the new OS won't load.

http://community.norton.com/t5/Other-Norton-Products/Windows-XP-Home-won-t-boot-after-copi-ying-to-new-HD/m-p/94608?view=by_date_ascending

See Message #5

Kudos0

Re: Ghost-15 Copy of one HDD to another HDD is not working, WHY?

Message #12 as well.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost-15 Copy of one HDD to another HDD is not working, WHY?

Start Ghost-15, I selected:

1) Main Menu of Ghost-15, at top of window select ->

2) Tools select ->

3) Copy My Hard Drive ->

4) Welcome to the Copy Drive Wizard -> Next ->

5) Source Drive -> C:/ 24.9GB, 23.4Used, -> NEXT ->

6) Destination Drive 33.6GB -> listed as Type Primary

        Source drive also listed -> listed as Type Primary -> NEXT ->

7) Options:

     a) "Check Source for file System errors", 

     b) "Check Destination for file system errors",

     c) "Set drive active for booting OS",

     d) "Copy MBR",

     e) "Destination partition type: Primary Partition"

      f) NO DRIVE LETTER ALLOWED, NO PARTITION ALLOWED, -> Next ->

     g) Finish -> "HDD Files will be over-written warning message" ->

     h) Continue -> YES.

So the first time, I DID NOT copy to a logical partition as was suggested, the software would not allow it!

Maybe the conversion from FAT32 to NTFS had something to do with the first error achieved for this attempted copy of HDD to HDD. However, this second time through, the 2nd HDD WAS ALREADY in NTFS file format!

Once again the Message "... Select "Ignore" to force a dismount of the drive and continue the operation." was displayed.

8) -> IGNORE ->

9) "Succeeded!" message achieved AGAIN. From Explorer,

D: now looks the same as C: Doing the HDD-copy-to-HDD TWICE did not helped any. It certainly WAS NOT a copy to a "logical" HDD on a single "PRIME" volume HDD that was at fault in this situation the first time around!

The whole process stops just BEFORE displaying the XP window that asks for a user ID Logon.  I will now try to find the two messages about probable cause referred to.  As a first time user of this system, bear with me,  I do not usually like being down to "follow-the-yellow-brick-road to find an answer.

Respectfully,

Kudos0

Re: Ghost-15 Copy of one HDD to another HDD is not working, WHY?


Thank you, The Yellow-Brick-Road DOES work, but it takes longer. 

I enjoyed your explanation as to how and why it works.  However, how was MUCH shorter - and I thought I was a "little" verbose!  All I needed to make it work was:

Quote: }...but the easiest ways are fdisk /mbr from a Win98 boot floppy"

Norton Software Wizard SUGGESTED that no such animal happened.  However, my statement:

Quote: "So the first time, I DID NOT copy to a logical partition as was suggested, the software would not allow it!"

was in error! 

Ghost-15 "DID TOO" copy to another Drive letter!  The MBR was really the party at fault!  A copy of the MBR "DID NOT" give the second HDD the same "mirror image" MBR of C: On D:.  It only re-enforced the D: MBR image C: had of D:. 

You can add this to your list of "Problems Solved" - AGAIN!

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