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PFunk26 05-19-2007 01:25 PM

Cloning one laptop to another
Question for the Tech geeks here, anybody know if there's a way to basically clone everything from an old laptop to a newer one without taking it apart?
I know macs have a pretty simple means of doing this but is there somthing for pcs?

saden1 05-19-2007 02:29 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
yeah, use [URL="http://sourceforge.net/projects/g4l/"]ghosting software[/URL]. To use this software you do need either another HD (usb HD or even better, another partition on the same HD) or setup an ftp server and have the software place the disk image there.

PFunk26 05-19-2007 06:28 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
do i just need the iso file?

saden1 05-19-2007 07:58 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
[QUOTE=PFunk26;311504]do i just need the iso file?[/QUOTE]

Yeah, take the iso and burn it to a cd. and boot from it. Remember to set your CD-ROM as the first boot device in your BIOS.

PFunk26 05-19-2007 10:58 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
ok Saden thanks for the help first off burned the disc the software starts up but hang in the middle of booting linux? Do i have a bad burn? only other thing I can think of is the CD rom on the laptop im replacing seems questionable and i think thats causeing the problem

saden1 05-20-2007 12:06 AM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
hmm, that's not good. If you have tried booting from the disk several times and the same thing always happens I would go ahead and burn another CD of the ISO. If the second CD has the same problem then you're looking at a) hardware detection problem or b) your cd-rom is defective.

Also, don't forget to [URL="http://fbim.fh-regensburg.de/%7Efeyrer/g4u/#shrinkimg"]shrink your hard drive[/URL] before you clone.

TheMalcolmConnection 05-20-2007 12:15 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
Connect an external and send it up with Ghost.

dmek25 05-20-2007 12:31 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
hey malcolm, congrats and welcome back( and good afternoon:))

TheMalcolmConnection 05-20-2007 12:37 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
Thanks man. I'm actually sitting here in the Miami airport catching up on my Skins reading. Get back home at around 4:15 tonight where Daseal is picking me up, THEN we have a nice three hour drive back home.

Honestly, I am so fat. Cruises are awesome, but I feel so sloppy and disgusting.

PFunk26 05-20-2007 12:47 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
do I need the full version of Ghost or will the trial get me by? I'm currently trying the 15 days trial hope that works.
Saden I believe the Cd rom has issues so that version ain't gonna work, but thanks for your help.

TheMalcolmConnection 05-20-2007 12:52 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
Yeah, that should work (I think). Also, you could just buy an external enclosure (about $30) which can hook up ANY type of hard drive so basically you can use old drives as externals. Well worth the investment.

PFunk26 05-20-2007 04:03 PM

Re: Cloning one laptop to another
yeah ill find a use for the old laptop my wife just doesnt want a new comp unless her settings are the same picky picky
thanks for the help

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