Should I Prep New Hard Driver First or Can I Simply Ghost Data Over?

Posted on 2005-05-14
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
Hi Everyone:

       I have just recently received a 100GB Maxtor HDD.  The HDD never came with a cd like MaxBlast 3 or any prep utility.  In any case, I am interested in using this driver to transfer data over from a 30GB HDD.  With this in mind, can I simply boot to my Ghost 5.1 disk and perform the data clone?  Or, will I need to use a HDD utility like MaxBlast 3 or some other utility offered by Maxtor to prep the HDD first, then, transfer the data over?

        Any advice on this post will be appreciated.

        Thank you

Question by:GMartin

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MrAruba earned 1000 total points
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just using the ghost disk and ghost the 30g to the 100g will do fine. you really do not need maxblast or anything else to prepare the drive.

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wordartist earned 600 total points
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You don't need to prep.  Ghost writes all of the format structure in the cloning process.

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moedasorg earned 400 total points
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If your PC is a recent machine just go ahead and duplicate. You only need previous preps on older machines that don't support Hard Drives Bigger than 32 G.

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Hi Everyone:

        I sincerely appreciate each expert's participation on this question.  Since everyone is in agreement on the post presented, I must safely assume Ghost should transfer data over from the 30GB HDD to the 100GB HDD.  When I attempted this earlier tonight, I did run into NTFS errors which are posted within a separate, open thread to be reviewed and evaluated by experts of EE.  

       Once again, many thanks for the shared insights onto this question.


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