First Norton Ghost will NOT make a workig clone of a windows 7 partition.
So you didn’t do anything wrong, other than believe it would work.
IF you originally installed Windows7 (any version 32 or 64 bit)to a virgin
drive and let the installer create a partition the windows7 installer created a 100mb unlettered “System reserved” partition BEFORE the primary (C:) partition and Norton is simply not capable of copying it.
Most versions of Acronis True Image will not copy it (the latest versions have been reported as working)
Aside from the original recommendation I received from someone here
for “Clonezilla” (which is free unlike Acronis), I have also personally seen it recommended on the Microsoft forums by Microsoft employees
as well as by Dell and HP personel.
You can read several discussions (most of which I have been a participant of) about Clonezilla but it DOES correctly copy that 100Mb partition.
I have never used Clonezilla to do anything other than copy “from local drive to local drive” in “Beginner mode” and always between drives of equal size OR to migrate to a larger drive.
The thing is while clonezilla is a sophisticated and powerful tool and has capabilities that I haven’t used, I’m of the belief that if it can drive nails you tend to use it as a hammer.
In short I needed a tool to migrate and backup windows 7 installations
It gets the job done.
Clonezilla can be downloaded HERE:
Have a blank CD-R handy because the downloader will trigger your default
Disc burning software.
Clonezilla unlike many other cloners natively recognizeds USB, eSATA and Firewire attached drives without any special input
This is particularly useful if you are cloning a backup of a notebook hard drive…
IF you are working between two identical drives (Make, Model & Capacity) it is EASILY possible to confuse your source and destination drive with catastrophic results…
My backup drive on my Desktop is NOT the same MFG as the primary drive
On my Notebook I attach the backup drive via eSATA, this avoids potential confusion