Originally Posted by Rotary Rasp
I planned on imaging the drive using norton ghost. I don't think making an image with ghost would write to the orginal drive. Once I have an image, I can modify it using ghost explorer. Finally, I'd dump the new image on to a new hard drive and try it in the car.
It is up to you, but I have been bitten in the past by windows writing to the disk. Connecting it for a moment is enough, and an application like ghost is not going to prevent that from happening.
I would just use something like 'dd if=/dev/sdb of=idrivehdd.img' under linux. Much safer.
If you do not have a Linux system, you could even just boot it from a live CD/DVD image and never even install it on your HDD.