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Norton Ghost 14 - copy to smaller drive

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How can a larger drive to copied to a smaller one that has enough space to hold the data?
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by:emilgas
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Ghost should handle that for you as long as the drives are not too far apart in sizes. For example copying 60GB to 80 or 120 is possible but not 60 to let's say 750GB. Basically you have t look for the drives physical geometry.
When they are too far apart they just don't work similarly and ghost isn't able to copy it correctly. Sorry for not being able to give you true technical explanation.
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Ghost only backs up the actual data, so as long as you have sufficient space, there is no issue.

when doing the restore you can determine the actual partition sizes, so there should not be any issues.

Version 14 is windows based. Not sure how this is done without a bootable media, but you should check the options and see.

CHeck the help for more info

I hope this helps !
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by:ppdogs
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If it's just a data drive shouldn't be a problem but if its a bootable system drive it wont boot upon restart as the disk format has changed. iv done it once, where i defragmented the disk offline soo all the data is at the first part of the disk and fixing the boot partition.
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by:wilri01
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I was not able to do the backup.  So it appears that even though a partition is only slightly full, Ghost cannot copy to another partition that is smaller.
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Version 14 is windows based, you need a DOS based version with bootable media to do this.

I woul see if you can use or create a bootable CD in version 14.

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SysExpert,

The Ghost 14 is a bootable CD.  It has some utilities and the ability to restore from a backup when there is no usable Windows on HD, but it uses Vista interface so I don't know why it would be different.

I solved the problem by using Partition Wizard to make the original partition smaller, and then do the copy.

I'm not sure how to close this issue since there really doesn't seem to be a solution, per se, with Ghost.
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Not wit Ghost 14 - which apparently use a Win PE environment for the bootable CD rather than DOS.

You need an older version ( 8 or 2003 ) apparently

Since you resolved this yourself, you can use close it with your solution or divide up points as you wish.


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