Clone or Copy My Hard Drive with Norton Ghost

When upgrading your hard drive to a bigger faster hard drive the Norton Ghost utility called Copy My Hard Drive can make the upgrade quick, easy, and painless. Copy My Hard Drive used to be referred to as cloning the hard drive.
First we’ll need to prepare the new hard drive. Click the Windows Start button -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.

When Disk Management is opened after a new hard drive is installed the Initialize Disk dialog window should open. Unless you know what you’re doing, select the disk that matches yours, and choose MBR (Master Boot Record).

Some people have reported problems initializing a new disk, so Microsoft has written the following support articles to help solve problems when the Initialize Disk window doesn’t pop up automatically.

A basic disk’s status is Not Initialized.
Cause: The disk does not contain a valid signature. After you install a new disk, the operating system must write a disk signature, the end of sector marker (also called signature word), and a master boot record or GUID partition table before you can create partitions on the disk. When you first start Disk Management after installing a new disk, a wizard appears that provides a list of the new disks detected by the operating system. If you cancel the wizard before the disk signature is written, the disk status remains Not Initialized.
Solution: Initialize the disk. The disk status briefly changes to Initializing and then Online status. For instructions describing how to initialize a disk, see Initialize New Disks.

If that doesn’t work maybe this next one will help.

Initialize New Disks
To initialize new disksIn Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk.
In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the disk(s) to initialize. You can select whether to use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style.

Your new hard disk should now be initialize, but the hard drive space remains Unallocated.

To format the new hard disk right-click, then choose New Simple Volume, which is a new partition.

Assign the next logical drive letter. Now the hard drive can be seen by other programs on the PC.

Now open Norton Ghost. In older versions you would see Clone Hard Drive, but newer versions use Copy My Hard Drive which is the same utility.

The Copy Drive wizard will walk us through the steps.

First select the source drive you want to copy everything from, so this is the old hard disk.

Now we’ll select the new hard drive we are upgrading to. Notice how on my Dell computer it lists the drive as Disk 2, and Destination as Dell Utility. The only distinguishing identification is the size of 931.5 GB. This is a 1 TB hard disk, so this is clearly the disk we are looking for.

When you get to the Advanced options do not choose Check source for file system errors, or Check destination for file system errors. Checking these two options could cause the copy process to take days.

All you need to check is the Set drive active (for booting OS), and Copy MBR -> Destination partition type: Primary Partition. The drive letter does not need to be assigned.

I have a lot on my hard drive so it averages about 25 minutes.

Looks like it took closer to 24 minutes to complete.

Power off your computer, and unplug the power cord. Now you can remove the power cable and data cable from the old hard drive, and hook up both cables to the new hard drive. Power up your computer, and it should boot into the new hard disk. If not, hook up the old drive, use Norton Ghost to create a backup image, and a Norton Ghost System Boot Disc, shut down the computer, unhook the old drive, hookup the new drive, power up with the System Boot Disc ready, and restore from the disk image to the new hard drive. Remove the System Boot Disc, reboot, and you’ve got everything copied.
Click the Windows Start button -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management. As you can see here there is one partition 222.78 GB, which was the size of the old hard disk, and a 708.73 GB Unallocated partition.

Since we want to use the entire hard disk for the C: drive we will right click on Disk 0 -> Extend Volume (which is a partition).

A wizard pops up to guide us through the process of expanding the smaller volume to take up the entire hard disk.

Add your Disk from the Available side to the Selected side, and use the Maximum space available to expand the whole disk.

Click Finish.

Now the hard disk has a single large volume (partition) that extends across the entire disk.

Note: You can upgrade to an equal or larger size hard disk only.

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