Clone drive to a partition


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kothdvideo

I have four drives - c,d,e,f. I dual boot. c is W98 & f is XP.
I want to replace e& f with one larger drive, partitioned as e&f.
I can copy files from old e to new e using explorer.
Acronis won't clone f to new f because 1. has partitions & 2. is not
blank.

Any way around this?

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Rod Speed

kothdvideo said:
I have four drives - c,d,e,f. I dual boot. c is W98 & f is XP.
I want to replace e& f with one larger drive, partitioned as e&f.
I can copy files from old e to new e using explorer.
Acronis won't clone f to new f because 1. has partitions & 2. is not blank.
Any way around this?

Just make an image file of the original f
and restore that to the new drive.

Prepare the new drive using True Image, basically making a
new e partition that you can write the image of the original f to.

Then restore the image to the free space on the new drive.

Then delete the image file and copy the files from
the old e partition to the new one on the new drive.

You'll have to manually adjust the boot.ini in XP so that
it has the correct details for the new location of the XP partition.
 
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Timothy Daniels

kothdvideo said:
I have four drives - c,d,e,f. I dual boot. c is W98 & f is XP.
I want to replace e& f with one larger drive, partitioned as e&f.
I can copy files from old e to new e using explorer.
Acronis won't clone f to new f because 1. has partitions &
2. is not blank.

Any way around this?


The easiest way around this refusal of True Image to
take a single partition from among several and to transfer
its contents to another hard drive which already contains
partitions is to use Casper XP by Future Systems
Solutions. You can download a free 30-day trial copy
of Casper XP here:
http://www.fssdev.com/products/casperxp/

I use Casper XP to periodically make clones of my
entire system, and I can multi-boot to any one of them
at any time without having to do an "image restore".
At any time, I have four or more clones on the
destination hard drive, and Casper XP handles it
beautifully. Give it a try.

*TimDaniels*
 
K

kothdvideo

Rod Speed said:
Just make an image file of the original f
and restore that to the new drive.

Prepare the new drive using True Image, basically making a
new e partition that you can write the image of the original f to.

Then restore the image to the free space on the new drive.

Then delete the image file and copy the files from
the old e partition to the new one on the new drive.

You'll have to manually adjust the boot.ini in XP

why & where does it need to know it moved from f to f ??
 
K

kothdvideo

Timothy Daniels said:
The easiest way around this refusal of True Image to
take a single partition from among several

not quite true. my case is different - to take from a singular to a
multiple.
but i will try casper xp & report
 
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Rod Speed

why & where does it need to know it moved from f to f ??

in the boot.ini It needs to know where to boot it from when
you select the XP entry in the boot menu. That's what boot.ini
does, specifys what is bootable and where it is on the drives.
 
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Timothy Daniels

Rod Speed said:
kothdvideo said:
Rod Speed said:
[.....]
Then delete the image file and copy the files from
the old e partition to the new one on the new drive.

You'll have to manually adjust the boot.ini in XP
why & where does it need to know it moved from f to f ??

in the boot.ini It needs to know where to boot it from when
you select the XP entry in the boot menu. That's what boot.ini
does, specifys what is bootable and where it is on the drives.


Right. But I think he'd understand better if one were
to point out that the XP system will be on partition 1
(i.e. Logical Disk F on the new hard drive), and boot.ini,
which must point out where to find XP, uses just partition
numbers, not Logical Disk names, since only the OS
knows the names and it hasn't been loaded, yet, when
boot.ini is read by ntldr at boot time. Therefore, assuming
that the new hard drive will be the 2nd hard drive in the
BIOS's hard drive boot order, the boot.ini entry for XP
will be something like:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="WinXP" /fastdetect

This says that the WinXP OS will be found in the WINDOWS
folder of partition 1 (starting with 1) on the hard drive at
relative position 1 (starting with 0) in the hard drive boot
order. This is where you intend your Logical Disk F to be.

*TimDaniels*
 
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Timothy Daniels

kothdvideo said:
not quite true. my case is different - to take from a singular
to a multiple. but i will try casper xp & report


Yes, I didn't notice that c,d,e,f were on separate hard drives.
But to place any one of those partitions among several on
a single destination hard drive is still a piece of cake with
Casper XP, and it would require some extra steps with
True Image.

*TimDaniels*
 

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