Is it possible to clone boot drive?

Posted on 2007-07-23
Last Modified: 2010-07-27
I believe I have a failing hard drive in my HP notebook.  At times, when booting it makes a noise, akin to a whirring noise.

1) How can I determine if it is the drive?

2) If I need to replace it, is there a way to make a clone of it so that I don't have to reinstall everything?

Question by:pjfromny
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    Accepted Solution

    Sure there are ways to clone it.

    Ghost and Acronis both make excellent utilities to do this.  Ghost is pretty inexpensive, also.

    You boot from the Ghost CD and either clone to the new drive or image to an external USB or network drive.

    That is the easiest way to do what you need.

    Good Luck,

    - gurutc

    Author Comment

    So when I finish with Ghost, will the new drive be an exact replica of the old one - windows with SP2 and updates, settings, and software?
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    It should, if all goes well.  I do this on a daily basis and have almost perfect success.  It is an exception when things don't go smoothly.  And if it doesn't work, you can try it again!

    - gurutc

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