Moving partition from one drive to another using Ghost 4 Linux

To speed up my desktop, I decided to use a Western Digital VelociRaptor that I found on sale on NewEgg.com. The goal is to clone the 274.56 GB partition from Disk 0 to Disk 2. I decided to use Ghost 4 Linux to clone the partition.

My data has been moved to a separate partition on another drive to save space on the system disk and to simplify backups.

A copy of Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux have been put on the same drive with each being bootable by using Ghost 4 Linux.

 Source for Ghost 4 Linux

Before and after screen shots:

Image of drives

 

The following steps is from the mepis.org site:

Basic Use

G4L has a lot of options, but there are three basic ways it can be used:
  1. To clone one hard drive or partition to another
  2. To create an image file of one hard drive or partition and save to another, then use the image to restore to the new drive.
  3. To create an image file of one hard drive or partition and save it over a network to an FTP server

Creating or Restoring a drive image locally

I am using an external hard drive to store the image from the partition.

  1. Boot to the G4L CD. Select the newest kernel. (The default is highlighted for you)
  2. Once everything loads, you will see some disclaimers. Hit "enter" until you get to a command prompt.
  3. Type "g4l" into the text box and hit enter to run G4L. Select "YES" to accept the disclaimer.
  4. Select "RAW Mode", then "Local Use"
  5. Option ASelect "Pick drive", then choose the drive where the image file will be saved (or where it is located, if you are restoring)
  6. Option BSelect "config filename"
  7. If creating an image file choose backup. If restoring an image, choose restore.
  8. If you are backing up, enter the name of the image file you will create.
  9. If you are restoring, enter the name or select the name of the image file you want to restore.
  10. Read the review of your selection before proceeding. Is the correct file location and name there? Is the target and source correct? If so, then proceed.
  11. Use the g4l menues in pairs: i.e. backup / restore.
  12. Be consistent. i.e. use the same compression method for backup and the restore.

Notes:There are a few other options here for special circumstances. For instance, if you are backing up to a FAT32 or similar partition, you may want to turn on File splitting to avoid going over file size limitations. If you are backing up or restoring an NTFS partition (and only the partition, not the whole drive), you can use NTFSClone backup/restore to save time and space. You can also choose a method of compression to use on the image file; the default, lzop, is recommended.

NOTE: you must restore with the same compression setting you saved with. I recommend putting the compression method in the image file name, e.g. "myharddrive.img.lzop". Also, normal backup/restore is incompatible with NTFSClone backup/restore. If you use NTFSClone, you might want to note that in the filename as well, e.g. "myWindowsDrive.ntfs.img.lzop".

 

Gotchas

  • Target hard drive needs no partition or formatting.
  • After clone is restored to the new hard drive, it did not boot. I use EasyBcd a freedown load from NeoSmart Technologies.This makes booting easy for all Operation Systems on the hard drive.
  • Do not change the drive letters of the partitions. Windows will complain that it is not genuine.
  • In Computer / Management / Disk Management right click on the new partition in the top part of the window. Mark Partition as Active.
  • clean up the hard drive before cloning. Zero out the free space. I save about 1 gig of space on the img file. Also consider resetting the system restore file as well. (Computer / Properties / System Protection) By turn the System restore off and then back on, the file will be deleted and a new one will be created.

Conclusion

The new drive is twice as fast as the old drive.