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Formating and cloning to a new Seagate 250gb harddrive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by johnluk, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. johnluk

    johnluk Private E-2

    I bought a new Seagate 250GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-100 and would like to replace my old drive with it in my Dell™ Dimension™ 4400 (Pent 4 1.80GHz, 768mb Ram, running Windows XP Home). I need some advice on how I should format this new drive and then clone and replace my old drive with the new Seagate drive using Norton Ghost 2003.

    What is best way to format the harddrive to get it ready to clone - using (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management) or formating it via Windows XP CD or is there a better way/easier??? Thanks.
  2. ASUS

    ASUS MajorGeek

  3. johnluk

    johnluk Private E-2

    Thanks ASUS for your input.

    This is what eventually worked for me:
    Plug new drive in as a SLAVE. Should see the drive via the BIOS. Won’t be able to see it with Windows Explorer but will be able to see it via (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management).

    In windows XP - (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management)

    After formatting drive used Norton Ghost 2003 to CLONE. The IMPORTANT thing about Cloning is DO NOT let the system reboot after cloning. POWER OFF PC. Remove original drive and plug New drive as MASTER.

    REBOOT system. Should now have system on New DRIVE and Windows XP home did not make me reregister Windows again.
  4. akhilles

    akhilles First Sergeant

    That has been overlooked by many & Windows will mess up the driver letters on the OS. I can't stress this enough.

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