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The Set drive active (for booting OS) option in Norton Ghost 15 is grayed out (see screenshot). What do I have to do to enable this?

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The Set drive active (for booting OS) option in Norton Ghost 15 is grayed out (see screenshot). What do I have to do to enable this?

The operating system is Windows XP (32 bit).

All Norton Ghost updates have been installed.

I need to be able to make an exact Norton Ghost copy of my current 80 GB IDE hard drive to a second IDE hard drive that is 300 GB in size.

The new 300 GB hard drive will then replace the old 80 GB hard drive.

However, this won't work unless the new replacement 300 GB hard drive is set as active (for booting an OS).

Norton Ghost 15 runs within Windows, unlike the older version of Norton Ghost that required that you boot up off of a floppy disk to run the program.

What do I need to do to make the new replacement hard drive set as active? Ghost screenshotNorton-Ghost-version.JPG
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The reason that the option is grayed out is the disk is not dynamic. The following line is taken from the manual of Norton Ghost 15.

The Set drive active option is valid for basic disks only (not
dynamic disks).

You have 2 options:

  1. Set the 2nd hard disk to basic
  2. Boot from CD and clone then the hard disk.
I'm always copying hard disk using a CD. With this I know for sure that there can't be a problem during copying.
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You can convert the drive to basic state in case it is dynamic currently.
Also the Active flag selection could be disabled if the MBR or partition boot records are corrupt.
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Norton Ghost is always a pain when it comes to setting reimaged disks active.

Currently I keep a CD-version of the Windows 95 boot disk hand and either run the unpublished command fdisk /mbr or open fdisk and set active.
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Great troubleshooting steps.
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