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Nov 1st, 2008 at 2:52pm
 
I am trying to use G2003 to clone hard drive to external hard drive.  What happens is that the computer hangs and I need to boot to DOS to reset partition to NTFS under FDISK.  Anyone tell me how to get past this problem?   Thank you
 
 
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Reply #1 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 2:59pm
 
smallwood,

Welcome. Could you describe in detail what you are doing and when the hang occurs? Has this procedure been successful in the past? Is the external HD partitioned?

Are you using a laptop computer? Brand?
 
 
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Reply #2 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 4:24pm
 
I am working on a new Lenovo desk top PC operating in XP-Pro.  I have tried cloning to both an external hard drive communiting via USB and to the CDR burner internal to PC.  I step through the Ghost procedure and when Ghost reboots in DOS it creates a virtual partition and hangs.  Error message is "hard drive overflow".   Then to recover I need to use boot floppy and FDISK to reset partition and get back to Windows OS. 

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Reply #3 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 4:54pm
 
Just so we are on the same wavelength, I need to understand what you are trying to do.

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I have tried cloning to both an external hard drive communiting via USB and to the CDR burner internal to PC.

What do you mean by "cloning"? It usually means copying one HD to another. You can't clone to a CD drive. So are you cloning or imaging?

http://www.goodells.net/multiboot/notes.htm#14

 
 
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Reply #4 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 5:16pm
 
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As you can tell I know just enough to get into trouble.  I am trying to clone the system harddrive to an external hard drive.  Didn't realize this couldn't be done to CD writer.  The external hard drive is a new 80 gig Memorex that I formated to NTFS.  The total size of files on system disk is about $10gig.   My system hard drive has a small FAT32 partition and a large NTFS partition with the operating system and application programs.  I have specified that only the NTFS file be cloned.  The external hard drive is not partitioned.  This is the first attemp with this system. 

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Reply #5 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 5:21pm
 
smallwood,

If I understand correctly you are trying to image your OS partition, not create a clone (copy). You want this as a backup. You don't want to switch HDs and use the 80 GB HD as the internal HD. Am I on the right track?

What is the FAT partition? Is it for Diagnostics?
 
 
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Reply #6 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 5:43pm
 
Brian

This is correct.  I just want it for backup.  There appear to be three particitions on C-drive:
Non-Dos   3.5g,
Pri Dos  VPSGHBOOT  8 megs FAT16
NTFS  145g

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Reply #7 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 5:55pm
 
OK. You probably need to choose Disk to Image. That will backup all 3 partitions to one image. Or you could use Partition to Image to just backup the OS partition.

I assume you are starting the backup from Windows. Could you try starting from a floppy or boot CD? It's less likely to cause problems. I'm not sure whether your external HD will be seen from DOS but let us know.
 
 
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Reply #8 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 6:43pm
 
Can't see external drive from DOS.  Tried again to backup C drive and still get the Symantec screen with hour glass, but not active.  Soon get internal stack overflow error and have to re-boot with win98 boot disk and run fdisk. 

I think I will give up on this for now.  Thanks for your help.

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Reply #9 - Nov 1st, 2008 at 6:48pm
 
Don't give up on DOS. Someone with more DOS skills than I have will be able to help.
 
 
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Reply #10 - Nov 2nd, 2008 at 6:00pm
 
i have had no success with external drives. 

i recommend add in another internal drive ( cable select ! )
 
 
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Reply #11 - Nov 2nd, 2008 at 6:09pm
 
Thanks for your help.  I ended up not using Ghost, but using Total Media Backup that came w/ the Memorex external drive.
 
 
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Reply #12 - Nov 2nd, 2008 at 8:58pm
 
I'm pleased you found a solution. Thanks for letting us know.
 
 
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