HD Install and Copy
Posted on 2002-06-11
I am helping a friend to install a new Western Digital 400BB (40gig) 7200 rpm hard drive. After installation he wants to copy the contents of the old drive (Maxtor 6.4 gig UDMA 33) to the new WD drive, remove the old Maxtor drive (which he beleieves is dying), and use the new drive as his boot drive ("C").
After hooking up the new drive as a slave on the primary IDE channel, insuring that the new drive is properly recognized by the BIOS (Soyo K7VTA Pro board which has been running ok for 3 months with the old drive), I used the WD EZ-Install software (latest version) to format and partition the new drive, one big partition only. After a couple of error messages, it proclaims that the new drive is ready to go.
The WD software then refuses to copy the contents of the old drive to the new, with comments like "no WD drive found", "only one partition found", etc.
A call to WD tech support resulted in the opinion that this drive is ok, but there seems to be a software conflict. He suggested that I try to use Norton Ghost to clone the old drive to the new.
Ghost ran fine, but the new drive would not boot, with the comment that there was an "invalid system disk" in the CD Rom drive. The boot sequence in the Bios is floppy, ide drive, LS-120 drive. The CD Rom is not listed as a boot device.
Opinions? Bad drive?