What does the new HD look like in the old HD's Disk Management utility?
As I noted before, Disk Management shows the Cloned HD (WD320G) as DRV4_VOL1
(C:), 298.09 GB NTFS.
Notice it did come out as drive C: - I thought that was progress :-)
Does the used space on the new HD equal the used space on the old HD?
Using Computer Management routine, new HD is ~298.09G capacity, ~275.45GB
Free Space = 22.64G used
Old HD capacity 37.25GB, Free Space 16.17 GB = 21.08GB
That's pretty close, especially for WD
That "DRV4_VOL1" is mysterious
I have no idea where that came from - was hoping you might tell me. FWIW, I
did quite a bit of inquiring about cloning on MS Newsgroups, and was told by
several that the WD routine was what I wanted and worked well for several
commenter's. Go figure!
I'm wondering if I should find some more specific cloning software and start
over. The only problem with that is that my comp will not boot on my old
drive for some reason. Assuming that means it is corrupt somehow, I don't
want to clone a corrupt drive.
I don't think my BIOS is helping. The only drive option I have for HD's is
the C: drive, and that's exactly what it's doing - booting on the C:, which
just happens to be the external cloned drive. I don't have any way to
change the BIOS to look directly for the D: drive. Also, there is no
default option on the BIOS. I have checked and found an update on the BIOS,
but Dell refers to it as 'optional' I believe the word was. I hate to start
that, since it just another change which I shouldn't need at least to get
back to where I was.
What to do?
I took a look at the .pdf for the User Manual for Data Lifeguard Tools
on the Western Digital website, and it (the manual) is terrible. It refers
to copying a bootable hard drive, then it describes folder-to-folder
copying. Since the purpose of providing it is presumably to clone an
entire hard drive to another hard drive, it must be making a clone.
What does the new HD look like in the old HD's Disk Management
utility? Does the used space on the new HD equal the used space
on the old HD? That "DRV4_VOL1" is mysterious. If it refers to a
dynamic drive, I'm at a loss....
Post by Dave
Thank you Tim - I'll do my best
I'm back on my own comp again - I'll tell you how in a minute
1) Data Lifeguard Tools CD which came with new Western Digital
2) I do not remember seeing that as an option
3) Copy the whole disk (which only shows 1 partition) Again,
I don't recall seeing that as a option
4) Good question - they never use the word 'clone' - just 'copy'
(can't get at the exact language right now) Don't recall seeing
the word 'image' either.
5) External drive was USB - this is an EIDE setup, all jumpers in
The system will come up one way, and one way only (and believe me
1) Original HD (Hitachi 40G) as only internal - system recognizes it as
Local Disk (D:) 37.25 GB NTFS This is the disk which I originally
2) Cloned HD (WD320G) as external, Computer Management recognizes
it as DRV4_VOL1 (C:), 298.09 GB NTFS.
I hadn't noticed the "VOL 1" notation on the 320G drive. Is that a clue
to what you are asking?
Anyway, I don't know what else to add, but I would greatly appreciate
Post by Timothy Daniels Post by Dave
Wanted to replace my full primary HD with a larger one.
Cloned a new drive as an external...
OK, back to basics.
1) What utility did you use to make the "clone".
2) Some utilities give you the option of copying the
MBR or not. Which kind do you have?
3) Did you tell it to copy a partition or all partitions,
i.e. the entire disk? (Some people, knowing that they
have just one partition, just copy the partition.)
4) Did it make an actual clone (a byte-for-byte copy),
or did it make an image file? (If it offered you the
option of compressing the result, it was an image file.)
5) Was the "external drive" a USB/Firewire drive or an
In short, you haven't told us enough to be able to really
help with a diagnosis.