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i going to clone from A notebook hard disk to B notebook HD(ghost)
i plan to use my desktop to do this cloning process.

may i know what tool or software i need to preapre in order to get success cloning the notebook HD?
- try to get a USB enclosure for notebook HD so that my desktop can detect it when i do cloning process?
- get the 2.5 to 3.5 IDE cable?

side question: one of my college said that the desktop can't detect the notebook HD when you use the USB enclosure. i just want to find out whether this method is working or not? thx

actually i prefer use USB enclosure to do cloning but my friend said it wouldn't work at all..
now this thing make me faint..

please show me a way, thx.
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by:Olski
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I would suggest using Symantec Ghost and a USB HDD enclosure. You could get 2 enclosures and clone disk to disk but if you get the disks the wrong way round duning cloning you will loose all your data. The safest way is to take an image with Ghost of the original disk and then connect the second disk and clone the image on to it. This will work (I have done it myself with Ghost version 10) in Windows on your desktop PC.
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by:jasalguero
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Hi,

With clone do you mean you want to make a backup of your whole hdd or are you planning to keep a constant mirror, like in array?
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by:Mark
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He is partly right, there are some USB controllers (especially USB2.0)that do not work well with Norton Ghost depending on which version of Ghost you are using.
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/on-technology.nsf/docid/2000101617144125
You will have to test your enclosure with Ghost to find out.
If you don't have the usb enclosure yet, then I would suggest you use the 2.5-3.5 adapter in this case.
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by:Dozer42
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Those USB adapters can be had for as little as $25 or so at Fry's.

From there I'd use Acronis to clone it, not Norton.
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by:khe-khe
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If these laptops are not similar simple cloning may not do the job because of driver incompatibility. So I’d recommend you to use True Image with Universal restore add-on.
Using this add-on one can easily restore image to machine with different hardware configuration.
In order to obtain more information use this links:
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/ 
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khe-khe earned 40 total points
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Sorry, for the same links. Here is correct one:
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATICW/universal-restore.html
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