Dear MRFS, Boy, when you investigate an issue, YOU INVESTIGATE AN ISSUE!! OK, First: >because I may want to purchase one of these 3TB Toshiba HDDs Well, it IS Christmas, and $100 ain't bad for 3TBs! http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=PH3300U-1I72&_sop=15 Or $113 at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Toshiba-Laptop-PC-3TB-3.5-Internal-Hard-Drive/22236172 >Yes, we also use GHOST here, and I understand your >hesitation to use another imaging program. I have been a Ghost user since version 6. I ALWAYS use it with DOS Bootable CDs I make with custom Autoexec.bat files I write, NEVER Windows. http://nightowl.radified.com/bootcd/bootcdintro.html My latest Ghost is v220.127.116.119, which I found out from Symantec has issues with GPT. When I load my "Make C" CD, it loads Ghost, makes an image of my C Drive and stores it on my E Drive as "Newest.gho". It then CRC checks (verifies) the image and then (if the image passes inspection) shows a black screen with a blinking cursor. At that screen, I remove my Bootable CD and reboot into Windows. The image that Ghost makes can have ANY file deleted OR added to the image using "Ghost Explorer" and will restore as if it were never touched. When I load my "Restore C" CD, it loads Ghost, goes to the E Drive, finds "Newest.gho" and overwrites the C Partition. If I want to clone a partition, I load my "Manual Ghost" CD, it loads Ghost and I then select a partition on the "Source" HDD and then find the proper sized empty partition on the "Destination" HDD and tell Ghost to have at it. If the source is Fat32 and the destination is NTFS, after cloning, the destination is now Fat32. You might want to bookmark these GREAT Ghost sites: http://radified.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl http://nightowl.radified.com/bootcd/bootcdintro.html >I use Norton's Ghost weekly and it has issues with GPT. After searching the Symantec site a LOT, the bottom line was that my Ghost is v18.104.22.1689 (From Ghost Solution Suite 2.5) must be updated to v22.214.171.1248. I have no way to do that and this came up too: Does Ghost work with GPT partition tables? The GPT supports up to 128 partitions and uses a false Master Boot Record (MBR) with only one entry that points at the GPT. This is for legacy compatibility reasons. Because the Ghost virtual partition replaces the MBR with it's own version, it will cause problems with systems that use a GPT. AND THIS HORROR: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=DOC6587 HOWEVER, I'm a pretty good investigator too: I found a way to make my 3TB FULLY accessible and set as MBR. It's Acronis True Image, aka Seagates DiskWizard aka WD's version of DiskWizard. It puts an "Extended Capacity Manager" in the boot sector so you get one 2.1TB and one 700+GB partition, BOTH MBR. See: Seagate DiscWizard CloneDisc For Drives Larger Than 3TB_Part-2
I'm STILL sticking with my Ghost Bootalbe CD's, but to get full MBR I'll buy the Acronis if I HAVE to,UNLESS...... I just found this: Make SURE the 3TB is EMPTY as this will wipe ALL data on the drive To make a fully accessible 3TB with 4k sector: 1. Boot to desktop. 2. Open "My Computer" in Windows Explorer. 3. Click on the EMPTY 3TB HDD. 4. If the factory made some partitions on it, delete them all. 5. Once it is just one disk, right-click it and click "Format" 6. Select "4096", "NTFS" and "Format". 7. Click OK. Since the 3TB is EMPTY, it should be real quick. 8. It's now ready to be partitioned to your liking up to 2.7 or so TB's total and is set as MBR. NOW, I need feedback from anyone who has used these programs OR the "4096", "NTFS" and "Format" method to see if the 3TBers work as any other HDD would or are there any quirks that have come up since partitioning your 3TB? Please post to me. Thanks in advance for your help.