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Our latest Q & A of the week comes from Mark via the PCstats feedback page . If you have a question you need answered right away, try our friendly forums for help too.

Q: First I wanted to express my appreciation for a very well written, concise explanation of cloning which your site has provided. This is exactly what I wished to do with my HP Pavilion in order to replace a noisy hard drive with a larger one. I selected Norton Ghost based on your explanation and received Norton Ghost 9.0 in the mail which I loaded and updated.

Unfortunately it bears little resemblance to the screen shots you displayed and does not have an 'advanced' procedure. It will not permit the selection of multiple partitions (which my HP has) but in the help section describes that each must be cloned individually using the wizard. However this does not work as the second time you select a source partition, Ghost simply overwrites the first partition. And, simply cloning the main portion and leaving out the relatively small HP emergency back-up partition (the second small partition) does not work even when you tell Ghost the first is to be a Master Boot Record and the primary OS.

A: Sadly, Symantec has pulled a bit of a switch with Norton Ghost 9.0. Instead of being an upgraded version of previous releases, Ghost 9 is actually a rebranded, slightly changed version of Acronis Drive Image 7 (or possibly 8x?) which Symantec purchased a while ago. This means it has a completely different user interface as well as different capabilities.

When I tested Ghost 9, I was able to copy multiple partitions, though they must be copied one at a time as you say. I did run into some initial problems though. The method I settled on was to remove all partitions on the destination drive, then copy over the first partition (in your case, the HP restore partition). Once that operation was finished, I created a partition on the remainder of the destination disk and gave it an arbitrary drive letter. Finally I copied over the second source partition (which would be your main drive) to this newly created target drive letter, ensuring that I copied the MBR and made it the OS boot drive at the same time.

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