Upgrading Toshiba Tecra S1 hard disk

Posted on 2004-10-16
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I have a Toshiba Tecra S1 notebook fitted with a 40G hard disk, partitioned into two equal drives.  Drive C runs XP Pro.  I want to upgrade the hard disk by replacing the existing Toshiba unit with a Hitachi Travelstar 5K80G.  I can install the 5K80G in the S1’s caddy and on booting it is recognised by the bios and I can install a new version of XP Pro from the bootable CD, so the hardware seems to be OK.  But when I try to clone my old disk to the new one using Ghost 9, on booting I invariably get a read error message and system halt within the first second or so.

I have tried producing an image to an external USB drive and then restoring it to the (subsequently fitted) 5K80G; hooking up the Toshiba and Hitachi drives to the IDE port on my desktop with 2.5” to 3.5” adaptors, then running Ghost’s disk copy; and various combinations of imaging and restoring to the unformatted disk, and to the disk partitioned but the result is the same in each case.

I am beginning to suspect that the original drive must contain some hard coded information that Ghost isn’t picking-up.

Some advice would be gratefully appreciated.  Thank you.
Question by:HA_Consult

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a way round this may be to put the old hard drive back in the laptop boot from it make a full back up of your old hard drive using ms backup save it to the second partition remove that drive and put in the new one install windows on the new drive put the 2 drives in your desk top copy the backup file to the new drive  put it back in the laptop and run ms backup again and restore the backup

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I've solved the problem.  For the record I believe there were two issues.  Firstly, I had an encryped folder on my C drive which may have caused a problem, although I would expect it to perhaps be unreadable rather than prevent backing up.

More importantly, the backup was only successful when I created two partitions on the new drive identical in size to the old drive, and restored images of both drives.  I suspect that there was a boot call to the second partition.

Along the way I discovered that Ghost 9 is really Drive Image too!

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