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Has anyone copied a drive with Ghost 2003



2:04 pm on Oct 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've been trying to copy a Win2K NTFS drive using Ghost2003 without any luck.

I'm trying to copy the contents of my old laptop drive to a bigger one. When I try and boot from the new drive I get 'disk read error' which translates to 'I can't find a valid operating system'.

If I put the drive in a USB caddy, I can see all the files are there. I can read and write to it, and even run programs from it. It just won't boot.

Has anyone managed to do this?


5:56 pm on Oct 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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When copying disks, Ghost doesn't clone the boot track. You'll need to use the "Windows Emergeny Repair Procedure," check Windows Help for details on your Win version. Or if you use a boot manager/dual boot setup, reinstall the boot manager on the new disk.


9:47 am on Oct 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Here's the step by step:
Boot up from CD or floppy. Choose Repair. Choose "Recovery Console." Select the installation to repair and login. Type "fixmbr." Remove the floppy or CD and type "exit." Your system will reboot normally into Windows.


2:28 pm on Oct 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the tips Dave, I've finally managed it.

I installed Windows on the HDD, then restored over the top of it, worked a treat!

I was beginning to think Ghost was a turkey. But now I can backup my whole set-up at the end of everyday to a different partition. :-)


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