Posted 03 July 2011 - 12:23 PM
I have been dealing with this issue for the past few weeks.
I have two PC Dell laptops, a D600 with an 80 GB HD(Fujistu)and a D610 with a 120 GB HD (Hitachi)with XP Pro installed. The 80 GB HD is 90% full and I would like to transfer the contents of the 80 GB HD to the 120 GB HD; in effect, I would like to clone the 80 to the 120.
Simple enough, right, Wrong from my recent experience.
I have Norton Ghost 9, 2003, Acronis Home Edition 10, and XXClone.
Everythng I have read, and all the claims I read agree that cloning to an upgradeed HD is possible, and I believe it...so long as the upgraded HD is installed on the same computer that is being cloned. My recent experience appears to support this ascertation.
I cloned (with XXClone and Norton Ghost 9)the 80 GB HD to the 120 and it wouldn't run on the 120 GB Dell 610, but it will run (boot up) on the 80 GB D600. When I view the cloned HD, I see all the files; when I try to boot up with that HD in the D610, I get the 'blue screen of death'. It is apparent that the MBR/Boot Sector/ini files are not
being transferred. The 120 GB HD functioned as expected before the cloning process took place, i.e., it had a copy of XP installed and I had most, if not all of the drivers installed prior to the cloning.
My question is, in seeking help here, is what I am trying to do impossible? I can't believe that, but apparently cloning a HD for installation on to another computer, is not a simple task.