M$ question [OFF TOPIC]
Daniel B. Thurman
dant at cdkkt.com
Wed Feb 22 16:21:11 UTC 2006
I know this is a fedora group (I have fedora systems too) and
I hope some of you are tolerant of *gasp* windoes.
I am desperate so I need to ask if anyone had any experience
in trying to create/copy the entire M$ windows OS (win2k pro) from
a main (old) drive to a new (bigger) drive successfully? I am trying
to get off of an old drive, transfer the contents of the old to a newer
drive and remove the old drive. I cannot get windows to boot off the
Here is what I tried to do:
1) Use Maxtor's disk utility:
a) Created 3 partitions; 36GB, 50GB, 50GB (from a 200GB HD) and
was forced to keep total # of space used to <= 137GB due to
the fact my old system does not support it (BIOS and MS 2000Pro)
b) Used partition to partition copy
Results: booting on the new drive worked however had a problem with
missing pagefile.sys - and the fact that explorer will not run no matter
what user you log in as. Followed everything to restore pagefile.sys
but does not solve problem with user login (refuses to bring up the
user's profile / run explorer - but otherwise allows login to work but
2) Used Norton's ghost 2002
This works well however ghost does not recogize specific partition
pre-created on the destination drive and wants to claim the whole
drive. I was not given any choice to choose the specific destination
partition desired and it wants a NEW parition EVERY TIME.
3) Used M$'s own backup/restore program (lite version of Backup Exec)
and it pretty much useless while you are running in windows as most
critical files are NOT backed up successfully due to open files. A restore
does not create a full and perfect copy of the drive being backed up.
Pretty useless so it seems.
Any suggestions are appreciated!
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