Using Norton Ghost and External Drive

Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I want to put in a new 80 gig hard drive in my laptop.  I currently have a 40gig in the laptop.  Can I use Norton Ghost to successfully "Image" the 40 gig drive temporarily over to an external drive. Then replace the 40 gig with a new 80 gig internal drive and "Image" the external drive back over to the new 80 gig internal drive?
Question by:brooksbrown
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    Personally I'd use Boot-It NG, but the concept is the same:

    (a)  Image the 40GB drive to an external drive.

    (b)  Replace the drive with your new 80GB drive.

    (c)  Restore the image to the new drive.

    DONE :-)

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    You could just buy yourself an external caddy for the 80GB laptop drive and image straight to that drive rather than imaging to an external device then back to the 80 GB after you put it in the laptop. External drive caddies can be picked up for next to nothing these days.

    Personally I've not tried imaging to an external drive but I don't see why it wouldn't work as even external drives show up in disk management just like any other drive.
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    "... I've not tried imaging to an external drive ..." ==> Works fine as long as the imaging program supports USB devices.
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    "... You could just buy yourself an external caddy for the 80GB laptop drive and image straight to that drive ..." ==>  If you don't have an external drive to use, this isn't a bad idea.   Personally, I never do a straight clone -- I prefer to save an image, and then restore from the image (that way you have a copy of the exact image in case you need it for ANY reason).   But if you do want to simply clone the drive, all you need is this:
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    yes, given that your ghost software is:

    a) bootable

    b) detects the usb drive

    or just make image file, move it to ext hdd, install 80gb hdd, move the file back to slave drive (given it is partitioned) and restore the image

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