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Using USB connected HDD for Norton Ghost

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Hi there
Can you help me please, i am using Nortom Ghost to clone the primary HDD in a PC to a new clean HDD. Can you do this with the new HDD connected via a USB cable or do you need the new HDD connected via the SATA controller?
 
The clone wizard does not seem to show the USB-connected drive.

Hope you can help me.

Thanks

James
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by:dlethe
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A USB-attached HDD will require SCSI drivers and will likely take 3-4X longer, unless this is USB 3.0.    As such, there will be compatibility issues due to the need for different drivers, and not all versions of Ghost have the appropriate drivers.   Furthermore, not all computers can boot a USB-attached device.

So personally, I would not go down that path.   A HDD attached to a SATA or eSATA port (if it is external) will run w/o any issues at full speed.   (If you do use eSATA and have to buy an eSATA controller, then there is potential for driver problems, but eSATA is external SATA and may be more convenient for you.   If your desire is an external HDD, then you can probably pick up an eSATA enclosure + controller for around $40, but you need to check compatibility with your version of ghost).

Using an internal SATA drive is painless and works w/o any headaches.
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Do you want to just clone your hard disk and take a back up of your hard disk for restoring your hard disk at later stages or you want to boot from your external usb hard drive. If you just want to take back up of your hard drive to  usb drive then there will be no problem and you can make easily clone of your drive. But if you want to boot from your usb drive then it is difficult as mention in the above post.
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Hi edreamers, i want to clone the hard disk.
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Goto ubuntu.com & download the installation and create a live USB stick.  Then boot to linux, then you can copy with dd  i.e, dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=64k  (substitute the correct input & output devices).  Or you can download one of the freebie linux partitioning tools like partition magic from linux and it will clone & resize partitions if that is important to you
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