Ghosting hard drive using serial port

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Frosty, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. Frosty

    Frosty Guest

    Is there any known software out there that can ghost an hd from one comp
    to another using the serial port?

    im looking at Norton Ghost 03 and it supports everything but serial.
    Frosty, Jan 13, 2006
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    philo Guest

    no serial support
    means *no* serial support...
    even if it was possible...
    it would take several days to clone a drive
    philo, Jan 13, 2006
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  3. Frosty

    M Guest

    I have an ancient version of Laplink Pro that has this capability, I can't
    find a version number but the installation files are all dated November
    2000. My advice is to forget the serial port, unless your PC is a Windows
    3.1 of DOS machine the backup will takes days! A pair of Ethernet cards
    will be money well spent!
    M, Jan 13, 2006
  4. Frosty

    Guest Guest

    You might be able to do it with packet drivers. ISTR a shareware LAN
    product that allowed complete networks to be built using only serial
    ports. You might be able to build some DOS boot disks with "network"
    support, using packet drivers - although whether Ghost would use the
    mapped drive is another matter.

    But those were the days when a 5Meg hard disk served a complete college..

    I would suggest using a USB cable and a USB2<>IDE adapter - usually you
    don't even have to remove the drive being backed up - just shove the IDE
    connector on. But I appreciate that there may be reasons why you can't
    do the obvious.
    Guest, Jan 14, 2006
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    Evan Platt Guest

    I cringe at that though.

    Just cloned a 80 GB (72 gigs of data) drive via USB 2.0. Took damn
    near 13 hours.

    Now let's calculate that at serial bus speeds.....
    Evan Platt, Jan 14, 2006
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    doS Guest

    No such thing as ghost 03...
    doS, Jan 14, 2006
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    Spuds Guest

    Read "2003"
    Spuds, Jan 14, 2006
  8. Frosty

    Frosty Guest

    Well it's a laptop with no ethernet port else this would be easy. And
    it's only a 6 gig drive too.

    Looks like a trip to the USB crossover cable store.

    Or whatever they call it.
    Frosty, Jan 14, 2006
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    In Frosty spewed forth:
    Go back to the NIC idea - you can get a PC-Card ethernet controller for less
    than most USB data transfer cables, and it will be MUCH faster. If your
    laptop is old enough it doesn't have a NIC, it probably has USB 1.x not 2.0,
    and will be not slow, but *dreadfully* slow.
    Toolman Tim, Jan 14, 2006
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    Frosty Guest

    What trick, what device, what starting-hole on Fri, 13 Jan 2006
    23:13:28 -0600, canst thou now find out, to hide Frosty
    Frosty, Jan 15, 2006
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