NTFS Error Reported When Trying to Ghost Data from 30GB HDD to 100GB HDD

Hi Everyone:

        Tonight, I attempted to use Ghost 5.1c to clone data from a 30GB HDD to a 100GB HDD.  Since the source HDD only had the c partition, I merely selected Disk to Disk as opposed to Partition to Partition.  Then, a window came up indicating the two harddrives and gave me an option to select the Source HDD.  When I selected it, the following error messages occurred.  NTFS Error: Error reading FILE_VOLUME MFT record and NTFS Error reading FILE_LOG MFT record.  Errors detected in NTFS volume--treat as raw partition?  Since I was unclear on this question, I selected No.  

        Personally, I do not feel like there is anything wrong with the source HDD because everything on my pc is running fine.  I am unclear on why there is an NTFS Error when trying to ghost the data.  Do I need to use a different version of Ghost?  Or, will 5.1c work will be compatiable with NTFS?  I always thought the program would simply carry out a data clone regardless of the file system structure of the HDD.  

        In closing, as everyone can probably tell, I have a lot of confusion regarding this pc concern.  As such, I will be looking forward to reading everyone's thoughts on this issue.

        Thanks in advance for any attention rendered to this post.

        George
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Purple_TidderCommented:
Ghost 5.1 does not support windows XP ntfs partitions.  It does support windows xp FAT32.  Sorry, probably need to upgrade.

http://www.eggheadcafe.com/ng/microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics/post3235329.asp
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Purple_TidderCommented:
Just to add, there is most likely nothing wrong with your hard drives.  Ghost 5.1c just does not support the newest version of the NTFS file system.  I believe the last it supported was Windows 2000 pre service pack with NTFS v.3  The NTFS version that Windows XP uses is 3.1.

I have used Ghost 2002, 2003, and 9 with windows XP, no issues.

Good luck.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There:

      After going through my software, I notice I do have a copy of Ghost 2003.  But, it is on cd.  Can I use it to boot straight to this cd and ghost the data?  I thought about doing it withing a windows environment, but, I believe the program may miss some crucial system files which are being used by windows.

      George
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Purple_TidderCommented:
I'm not sure, I've only downloaded Ghost 2003.  I do know you can load it onto your system, then make bootable floppies.  I don't see why they wouldn't make it bootable, even Antivirus 2002 and newer are bootable.  Give it a shot!

Tidder
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Purple_TidderCommented:
After a little research, yes, it should be bootable.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

      Good enough.  I will go ahead and install Ghost 2003 and try to work out the logistics of creating bootable disk with it.

      I will get back soon and let you know how it went.

      Thanks for the suggestions and tips.

      George    
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

      I was able to successfully create a Norton Ghost 2003 boot disk.  I will go ahead and use it and report back.  Incidentally, while going through some of the options within Ghost 2003, I noticed it has many more options within its menus.  I noticed file systems FAT16, FAT32, and FAT64 references being used, but, not NTFS.  But, it still should work with NTFS file system HDD's based upon the information within the link and the feedback provided at this point.

     George

     
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

       Just one more thing... Within the Local menu of Ghost 2003, should I choose Disk to Disk or Partition to Partition?  The source HDD only has a c:\ drive or partition.

       Thank you

       George
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Purple_TidderCommented:
Better off Disk to Disk if upgrading to a larger disk.  If you just go partition to partition, then you have to go thru the hassle of marking a partition active, and sometimes just won't boot anyway.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

       In the closure of this post, I want to sincerely thank you for each response.  I found you to convey your thoughts and suggestions in an easy to understand way.  I especially appreciate your advice on upgrading what I was using.  In response to that, I went ahead and made a Ghost 2003 Boot Disk and choosing Disk to Disk within the Local Menu as opposed to Partition to Partition.  Everything worked out great!!!  I no longer got the NTFS error messages originally posted.  

       As a brief summary of my experience with this situation, I must confess much has been learned here on my part.  But, I owe it to you, Purple Tidder.  Without your help, I would most likely still be trying to figure this out.  

      Thanks once again for communicating your ideas so clearly and concisely.

      George
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Purple_TidderCommented:
George, I love to help!

Thanks for the points!
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kivosCommented:
Hi, use the ghost -NTC- switches!
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