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Using Norton Ghost to clone HDD


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JKintheUK

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Hi guys,

Before I carry out an XP re-install, I want to clone my C:\ (160 GB) partition to a smaller partition (~80 GB) so should the worst happen I can revert back to the current install.

There's only ~50 GB of data on the C:\ partition, so there's plenty of space within the 'backup partition'.

I've cloned HDDs several times in the past to go from the 60 GB HDD my PC came with several times until the current setup, but they've always been getting larger.

When I try to clone to a smaller partition I get error messages from Ghost 9. Is it possible to do this? I've defraged the source partition as best as I can using Defraggler.

Any ideas anyone? I don't want to spend the cash for another backup HDD of min 160 GB... I just want a quick solution so I can get a clean install of XP going and hopefully get a useable PC again!


Cheers for any help received,

John.
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starjax

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by ghost drive to drive, you won't be able to do this. However, if you do a partition to partition, you might be able to be successful.
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JKintheUK

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Sorry, yes to clarify: I'm attempting to copy one partition (C:\ ~150 GB, 2 partitions total) on a 160 GB HDD to another smaller partition (~80 GB) on another larger HDD (320 GB, 4 partitions total).

The explanatory text for the copy fail was as follows (also see attached jpeg):

"The drive copy did not complete successfully. Cannot copy source drive to destination location. Error E0BB005A: Unable to read sector 191,497,872. Error E7C30011: Attempt to access sector 191,497,872 beyond end of device (160,740,720). (0xE0BB005A)"

Does this mean it isn't possible with Norton Ghost?

If not, is it possible with any other software? I really don't want to buy a HDD just so I've got a backup (although obviously I'll just get the cheapest IDE HDD I can find...)


Cheers again,

John.

EDIT: corrections and clarification.

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Edited by JKintheUK, 09 September 2009 - 02:20 PM.

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You will not be able to clone a 160gb drive/ partition to a smaller drive/ partition.
Its like trying to put 10 #s of potatoes in a 5 # sack. It won't fit.

Your option is to back it up as an image file.

I am not sure of other programs
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Ah of course! I didn't consider making an image file.

Many thanks, I'll give that a go...
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