Use FOG to do one off clone of clicking win 7 hard drive

  • So my hard drive has clicking noise and is maybe going to die.

    I want to clone the faulty internal HDD to a blank external HDD and then swap the HDD.

    I installed FOG on Win 7 successfully I think (I have a tray icon and a service called ‘FOG Service’) but I cannot access the web interface to start using the software

    I understood the software should be accessible at



    but that just gives me a ‘page not found’ error

    Cannot find any instructions on a process to follow to use FOG to clone a Win 7 HDD

  • Testers

    Seems like its just not the right tool for the job the main difficulty’s that come to mind is where will images be if you use an external drive how to insure it mounts correctly each time you switch hardware and usb port you would be restricted to quick image no way to maintain a database on read only media. and for a one time image there are already solid tools that don’t require a second machine to act as a server like the aforementioned clonezilla. Not to say that a more simplified install and setup might not make sense to develop. More like a fog for dummies that would have you boot off a cd or removable media image and is preconfigured for dhcp ect using the first available hard drive for images and data. sort of a lowest common denominator fog and os combo to minimize possible issues for the end user.

  • This whole thread brings up a solid point…

    We should make a Live-DVD with FOG pre-installed with DHCP, and tell people it’ll need a cross over cable.

  • Testers

    You should be able to live boot over usb as well [url][/url]

  • Hell, you could just try copying the drive from an upload task directly in fog.

    If it can’t because of bad disk, neither would clonezilla, ghost, or any other imaging solution.

  • You can boot it over PXE boot

  • Thanks for that.

    X230 does not have an optical drive.

    Is there any info anywhere on how to boot to clonezilla from a flash USB if that is possible?

    I have a 32GB flash usb if that is big enough.

  • Testers

    you can run clone zilla from a live cd for future use.

  • No idea… I used to use the old version of ghost. It looks nothing like that.

    I could boot to the old version of ghost from a flash drive, and with an external hdd attached also, I could tell it to store the image onto that…

    Of course, that was just at home. At work with Ghost, we always used the network.

  • Thanks for the replies.

    It is a Lenovo X230

    Yes, I was beginning to get the feeling i would need another linux machine to do this.

    That is too much trouble for the job in hand really.

    I had passed on clonezilla as it seemed to run on Linux only.

    I have now installed Norton Ghost 15

    I tried to ghost the 😄 drive onto a USB drive.

    The file system copied but the drive will not boot.

    It says ‘BOOTMGR is missing’

    The options dialog looks like this (although the options are not greyed out)


    I checked ‘Copy MBR’ and nothing else.

    I did not check ‘Set drive active (for booting OS)’ since I was worried this might render my original 😄 drive non-bootable (in the absence of any clear documentation)

    Maybe I do need to check ‘Set drive active (for booting OS)’?

    Sorry if this drifting away from FOG but I don’t think FOG is my solution, still, any advice on Norton Ghost options would be welcome.


  • [quote=“Joseph Hales, post: 45652, member: 18131”]If this is just a one off backup you should probably use clonezilla.[/quote]

    I have to say it would be easier.

  • Testers

    If this is just a one off backup you should probably use clonezilla.

  • 🙂

    I’m willing to help.
    What’s the model of the computer with the failing hard drive?

    You will need two computers to do this (the one with failing hdd, and another), and either a mini-switch or a cross-over CAT5 (or higher) cable.

    Also, the second computer - if you want to keep the data on it, you need to take it’s hard drive out and put in one that’s blank (or one which has data you don’t care about). The drive should be at least as big as the USED space on the failing hard drive.

    So you know what you’re getting into, we have to install Linux on the second computer, and install FOG on that.
    The FOG Service isn’t going to help you what-so-ever in this endeavor.

    Reply back when/if you’re ready.

    And, to give you a heads up of what’s to come, look through these: [url][/url]