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Cloning HDD with Manufacturer Recovery Partition with Ghost

ISSUE:

I plan to clone a HDD (drive C) on an HP DC5700 Desktop which includes an HP Recovery Partition (drive D). The C drive has company softare already installed on top of Windows XP. The D drive, according to the Properties window resides on the same HDD as the C drive (same HDD model/serial #). I want to clone the HDD to an identical PC so that the recovery partition will be intact (just like the source drive) but now on the cloned drive (including D drive). Ghost 14 gives the option to clone each letter drive (C and D). I made a recovery point for drives C and D. Ghost 14 Recovery CD gives me the option to recover it to Target Drive 1 (C drive) and Target Drive 1.HP_Recovery (D drive). This is confusing to me and this is the point where I stopped so I can get a straight answer.

QUESTION:

With these options from Ghost 14, how do I make an exact clone of the source drive which will include the HP Recovery (D drive)?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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jimmymcp02Commented:
i think that this software will do what you are looking for
http://www.clonezilla.org/introduction.php 

just but drives on a pc and both using the clozilla cd and then it will mirror everything from c to d.
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jimmymcp02Commented:
sorry i just read my post again.

That should have been.

Put both drives on a pc and both using the cd and you should be able to mirros everything from one drive to the other one.
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PUNKYCommented:
Wih Ghost 14 you can clone drive to drive, did you run ghost wizard to select the option?
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Tech_20Author Commented:
Comment to PUNKY:

I'll check again. I saw a Recovery Point option but from what I recall last time, Ghost 14 only recognized the drive as the C partition and the D partition, not just one drive, even though both C and D are on the same drive. I plan to test it again and will try CloneZilla (thanks jimmymcp02) if time permits.
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Tech_20Author Commented:
Comment to PUNKY:

I'm so accustomed to using the same interface from Ghost 2002 which allowed for making a floppy boot disk that booted disk to disk. Unless I'm just flat out missing the selection, Ghost 14 is requiring me to first make a Recovery Point and then recover a disk that way instead of a straight disk to disk reimaging. Until I see another solution, I'll just use Ghost 14 in that manner.

FYI, the recovery point option did not clone the disk including the manufacturer installed Recovery drive which was missing after I did a test run. Everything else was intact. The specs before the cloning session read that the Recovery point for the Recovery drive was included but did not clone.

If you or someone can point out how to clone disk to disk on Ghost 14, great. Otherwise, I'll just use Clonezilla as a back up utility and resolve this question. Thanks everyone.



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PUNKYCommented:
Did you run wizard as in pictures attached:
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Tech_20Author Commented:
On a PC with Ghost 14 installed, I do see this option however (I should have made this clear previously) when I'm out in the field and I have PCs to reimage (away from a PC with Ghost 14 installed locally)...this option is not on the Recovery Disk. My only option is with Recovery Points. Thank you PUNKY for your images (and patience).

Bottom line: I tried to reimage a drive with the HP Recovery Disk (Ghost 14 specs listed that it would copy) and it didn't work. I will have to use Clonezilla to do a drive to drive (on the go).
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Tech_20Author Commented:
I'll review the Ghost 14 Recovery CD interface one more time to ensure I didn't miss anything else and then reward points to both respondees shortly. Thanks.
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