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    Recommendations…?

    Can anyone recommend a good hard drive copying utility. I’ve just ordered Partition Magic, but I think that the copy utility will only copy from one partition to another on the same disk (well that’s the impression I got from the site’s FAQs).

    As I’ve just forked out on this, it would be great if I could get the disk copy utility on freeware, though I realise I might be asking for too much here.

    TIA

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    I've used partition magic for a coupla years now. It's great.
    I've had all kinds of problems formatting and partioning both
    ide and scsi drives under Win Me. Partion Magic has always
    recognizes the drive and partitions it every time.
    Wise choice, Fordy.

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    Yo rick,

    Will it work with two seperate drives?

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    Oh, I see. Wait let me check. (boots up pm6.0...) Looks like
    you're luck. There is a copy option. Well...wait a minute. It
    will allow you to copy partitions but that dosen't mean it will
    allow you to transfer your boot system from one disk to
    another. PM is mainly a partition manipulator. But as far as
    copying your operating system, too, on the fly, I don't really
    think so. You need a utility that works independent from
    (let's assume) Windows. That kind of utility is usually included
    with the utility disk that comes with you new hard drive.
    Maxtor provides such a program with its hard drives.

    There might be other hd copying programs available too, I'm
    sure. I'll check my files, see if I do, and get back to you. I
    can always upload it to my web site for you to grab if I do
    find anything.

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    >>It will allow you to copy partitions but that dosen't mean it will
    allow you to transfer your boot system from one disk to
    another.

    Thats what I presumed too.

    >>I can always upload it to my web site for you to grab if I do
    find anything.

    Cheers rick that would be great.

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    What kind of hd's are involved? Is one of them new? If it
    is check the installation disk that came with it for a drive
    copying utility.

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    One disk was part of an Aptiva setup - no luck there.

    The other one is being mailed to me, and I dont know what will come with it (Ebay).

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    lol. Maxtor utilities work only with (guess which) hard drives.

    I'll look around.

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    try Ghost
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    We use Ghost here at my work- seems to do o.k.
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    Fordy, I uploaded Disk Image 5 to my site, flashdaddee.com.
    There are 9 files prefixed with DI5.

    Use the following serial number: DY500EN10WS-110204

    It looks like this program allows you to backup your hd via
    blank cd's. There are help files and stuff. It's a pretty big
    program. Let me know when you're through d/l ing it so
    I can take it off the site. If it dosen't work I have Norton's
    Ghost, which I can upload for you.

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    Cool rick... much appreciated..... I'll give it a go.


    I'm on 56k, so I'll get to downloading straight away.....

    I managed to find Ghost with some devious web scouring and dl'ed it about an hour ago, but I'll give this a look too......

    Thanks again...

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    What a cool proggie....

    Partition Magic is superb.

    I got because I heard it was good for resizing partitions and when I saw it on Ebay I though...."Cool".

    I wanted to put another harddrive on my spare and put Linux on it. I used PM to create the linux root and swap partitions (while booted into Win98), and the documentation to do this was only a page and a half long - simple. None of that Disk Druid crap, and I could stay away from linux's own fdisk ::shudder::.


    The other proggie on the PM disk was Boot Magic. As soon as I created the partitions, I added the linux partition to BM and after installation, I am now able to boot between OS's effortlessly.

    Sorry if I sound like an advert, but I am well impressed with this. If anyone wants a util that will easily add linux to an already running PC - this does a great job.

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