1. Register NOW and become part of this fantastic knowledge base forum! This message will go away once you have registered.

Using different size HD ok for recovery?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by soulicious, Mar 21, 2003.

  1. soulicious

    soulicious Guest

    I had a computer put together a while back from Soundchaser. It's been flawless until recently. Every once in a while the OS drive will make some crazy noises and I will get a hard drive failure notice with no boot up... Then after five minutes it might boot up again. I want to replace the drive before it dies during an important session or something and simply use the system recovery software Soundchaser provided to start from scratch.

    My question is: is it ok to use a different sized hard disk with the recovery software? I started with a 20 gig 7200rpm disk partitioned to dual boot with Win98 and W2k each having 10gigs. Is it ok to buy a 40 gig drive and still use the system recovery software or do I need to buy another 20 gig drive?

    On a similar note. I want to clone my audio drive and install a new larger one with all the same files on it. Can I simply use ghost or something to clone the drive and then put the image to a larger disk even though the disks capacities are different? Right now I'm using a 40 gig drive, but can I put the 40 gig image to an 80 gig drive?

    Sorry if this stuff is a no-brainer. I just want to be prudent before I try this stuff. My computer has worked well for so long I don't want to "curse" it... :roll:
     
  2. Ethan Winer

    Ethan Winer Active Member

    Sol,

    > is it ok to use a different sized hard disk with the recovery software? <

    Probably, but I can't say for sure because I don't know what recovery program you have. Since you got the computer from SoundChaser you should ask them!

    > Can I simply use ghost or something to clone the drive and then put the image to a larger disk even though the disks capacities are different? <

    Yes, but I suggest you partition the new drive. Not so the old data will "fit" properly, but because it's a better way to organize your OS and data files. My recent three-part series in Keyboard magazine explains all of these issues in excruciating detail, and it's now all on my web site:

    http://www.ethanwiner.com/articles.html

    --Ethan
     
  3. soulicious

    soulicious Guest

    Thanks for the link to the article Ethan. I'll definitely check it out.

    By the way, is there stilla way to get a hold of Soundchaser that you know of? They closed up shop several months ago. I didn't even consider calling them 'cause I thought they weren't around anymore. If you have information otherwise, I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Ethan Winer

    Ethan Winer Active Member

    Sol,

    > They closed up shop several months ago. <

    Sorry, I didn't realize that when I suggested you ask them! I never paid much attention to companies that sell systems because I always set up PCs myself.

    Again, I can't see why any recovery program would enforce a restriction to restore only to the same size drive. Can you tell me anything about the restore program? Or is it a Ghost image?

    If it's a Ghost image of a partition, you can definitely restore that to a partition of any size on a drive of any size, as long as the destination partition is large enough. But if it's an image of a total drive, copying that to another drive may reduce the new drive to the older, smaller size, and will likely destroy any other partitions on the new drive in the process.

    Of course, if you start with a new 40 GB drive that has no existing data anyway, then you'll do no harm experimenting.

    --Ethan
     

Share This Page