Hard Drive Upgrade

An Install Guide On How To Upgrade Your Own PC Hard Drive

Hard Drive Upgrade Install Guide

What You Need For A Hard Drive Upgrade (continued)

Norton Ghost - a hard drive clone utility. A hard drive clone utility is used to copy (clone) the old hard drive image to the new hard drive as a clone (identical) image. I use Norton Ghost. I've cloned hard drives using both Norton Ghost 2002 and Norton Ghost 2003. Norton Ghost can be purchased for a good price at Amazon. The Noron Ghost 2002 I used is part of Norton SystemWorks 2002 Professional Edition. This utility suite includes a number of useful utilities, including a full-featured version of Norton AntiVirus.
Norton SystemWorks 2002 Professional Edition


Feel free to obtain whichever version of Northon Ghost makes sense to you, 2002, 2003 or 2004, without concern to what it will mean to following this guide. While the Norton Ghost pictures and steps I provide are from the 2002 version, the pictures and steps for the 2003 version are pretty much the same. If you use Norton Ghost 2003 and see some small difference then that's nothing to worry about. Although I haven't used Norton Ghost 2004, my guess is that the pictures and steps are also quite close for it as well.

Other hard drive copy methods, such as XCOPY, are unreliable. The best explanation I've seen for why this is so is given by Upgrading your hard drive at Dan's Data.

Norton Ghost Boot Disk. This is a floppy disk that's created with Norton Ghost. Norton Ghost Boot Disk contains the software that will clone the old hard drive to the new hard drive. The way it's invoked during the hard drive upgrade procedure is by rebooting the computer with the Norton Ghost Boot Disk installed in the floppy drive. So to create the Norton Ghost Boot Disk, I first installed Norton Ghost on my computer while it still contained only the old hard drive. In my case, Norton Ghost was installed as one of the suite of utilities included when I installed Norton SystemWorks 2002 Professional Edition.

I'll describe the steps I followed to create a Norton Ghost Boot Disk. For more information, see the Symantec Knowledge Database entry How to create a DOS system disk for Ghost.

Create a system floppy disk. Insert a blank floppy disk into the floppy drive. Double-click on My Computer, then right-click on the "A:" drive icon. Select "Format" on the menu that pops up. This brings up the "Format" window as shown. Check the "Copy system files" box and then click the "Start" button. After the formatting is complete, leave the system floppy disk in the floppy drive.
Create Norton Ghost Boot Disk.


Bring up Norton Ghost. To bring up Norton Ghost, execute Norton SystemWorks and select Norton Ghost on the Norton SystemWorks menu. This causes the Norton Ghost menu options to be displayed as shown in the picture. Clicking on "Norton Ghost Boot Wizard" brings up the boot disk options. Here is what's shown for Norton Ghost 2002.
Create Norton Ghost Boot Disk.


Here is the same screen for Norton Ghost 2003. Pretty much the same.
Create Norton Ghost Boot Disk.





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  What You Need For A Hard Drive Upgrade - Home
  Screws, Antistatic Wrist Strap, Hard Drive Fitness Test
  Norton Ghost
  Norton Ghost Boot Disk Select Type
  Norton Ghost Boot Disk Create
  Norton Ghost Finish
  Old Hard Drive Partitions
  General Considerations About Upgrading The Hard Drive
  BIOS Changes
  Add The New Hard Drive - Jumper Pins
  Mounting Holes, Drive Cage
  Hard Drive Connectors
  Mounted In Drive Cage
  Installed Inside Computer
  Recognized In BIOS
  Hard Drive Fitness Test
  Copy Old Hard Drive To New Hard Drive
  Norton Ghost Source And Destination
  Norton Ghost Destination Drive Details
  Norton Ghost Progress And Finish
  Final Steps
  Site Map


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