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I have a 120 Gig HD, of which I am only using 30 Gig.  Can I use Norton Ghost to clone the HD's?  ie: Will it only clone the used space (30 Gig) or do I have to have a 120 Gig backup drive?

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by:haoss
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you can try to make ghost image, he will make only used space image. After this you can restore from image.
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by:semmes
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I need to clone, since I would like to create a backup drive that I could boot-up from and would be the same as the information on the origional.

Also, is there any issues I should be aware of, if I am cloning to an IDE drive (via USB) and my main HD is either a SCSI or SATA?

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Just clone from Local to Local, Norton Ghost will copy all bootinformations on the other drive, so jo can use the backup-drive aswell as the source-drive.
There should be no problem with USB, or other interfaces, I supose you are using the newest version. With an older-one you could have trouble with newer disks, or SATA.
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And there should be no problem if the Source HD & Destination HD are not the same size, as long as the used space on the Sources does not exceed the size of the Destination dirve?

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No, there is now problem at that point
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So it won't work?

Is there no way round it?  I mean, after-all, I am not copying more information than the drive can hold.
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No, Im mean if you clone your source disk on the destination disk, the size dosn't matter. Ghost copies the 30GB from the Source to the destination-drive. So that one has to be at least 30GB
After the backup you should be able to boot both of the disks.

So it would work!
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