Cloning SATA HDD

  Procrastinus 10:14 AM 09 Nov 11
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I have run Norton Ghost 2003 successfully for several years with no problems until recently. Now when I try to clone C to D (both SATA), the clone fails. I have reinstalled Norton Ghost 2003 and reformatted the D drive back to NTFS. However after several attempts, the cloning still fails and the D drive appears in Disc management as reverting back to FAT. I have replaced D drive with another spare HDD, formatted to NTFS, with the same results - failure and revert back to FAT. The OS is WinXP SP3. Any ideas?

  robin_x 10:50 AM 09 Nov 11

Did you select quick format? It doesn't check for errors.

Run chkdsk c: /r as Admin. Then D:

Or

Right click, the partition, Properties, Tools, Check for errors.

  Procrastinus 13:47 PM 09 Nov 11

Thanks robinofloxley, The second disc I put in had a full format, but with same results as the original drive.

  Procrastinus 13:47 PM 09 Nov 11

Thanks robinofloxley, The second disc I put in had a full format, but with same results as the original drive.

  Procrastinus 16:56 PM 09 Nov 11

Apologies for the above double posting. Ran an error check as well - no errors reported.

  sunnystaines 18:49 PM 09 Nov 11

if you cannot get ghost working, a free clone software is clonezilla

http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php

i only downloaded this evening not used it yet.

  canarieslover 19:29 PM 09 Nov 11

One that I have used in the past with success is Easeus Disk Copy. Free to use and downloaded from here - Easeus Disk Copy

  Procrastinus 20:39 PM 10 Nov 11
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Thanks sunnystaines and canarieslover for your suggestions. I think I now have the root of the problem - a failure of the main HDD. No longer able to boot at all. I think it's incipient failure was the reason for the inability to clone. New HDD will be fitted tomorrow and fresh reinstall.

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