Ghost image will not boot

January 7, 2005 at 15:31:38
Specs: 98se, 166/92

My ghost image will not boot into Windows.
The integrity test is successful and the
files seem to be okay as the test is done.
After the memory check and one beep I get
a blinking cursor and the floppy drive light
is on for 10 seconds and there it hangs.
This is Ghost2003 and Norton no longer gives
support. I have restored the image several times to the C: drive and tried all I know to. The .gho image starts in sector 63. Could there be something on the drive that prevents .gho image to be seem? Help appreciated.

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January 7, 2005 at 15:51:16

Is the hard drive you created the image from the same size as the one you are putting the image on?

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January 7, 2005 at 16:11:16

Did you ghost a Disk to an image or a Partition to an image?

I should state right up front that I have the original Ghost Professional 5.0 from Binary Research. (The company Symantec bought it from.) So what I have to offer from here on in may not be of value. But the first question is.

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January 7, 2005 at 16:13:57

run fdisk and see the partition info, is it set to active? you can ghost the image to different size drive as long as it will fit the drive. Is this the new drive?

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January 7, 2005 at 16:39:58

A second to Dan Penny's post.
It sounds like you did a 'partition' image. If you did, that will not work. A partition image does not save the Master Boot Record.

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January 7, 2005 at 17:55:38

I have used both Image to Partition and Partition to Partition and they both boot fine so long as you set the drive as Active as Bud noted.

I am however curious about your statement of "The .gho image starts in sector 63."

I have used Ghost a number of times and have never seen a notation anywhere that suggested which sector it was working on or starting from or any other reference to the sectors. Can you advise where you saw that?

If still no joy then do explain exactly what you have and are doing with what. eg. .gho image is on second hard drive and you are using Ghost from a floppy disk to dump the image onto the first partition of the first hard drive.


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January 8, 2005 at 15:49:46

Thanks for the comments. I will try to give
a little more info. This was my orignal post
on Jan 1.
"I am trying to find a good backup for my
home system by "practicing" on an old
Thinkpad. I made an extended, logical
partition on the only HDD with Partition
Magic. Using Norton Ghost 2003 basic (from System Works) in
DOS I was able to ghost the main partition
into an image in the extended partition. I
tested the image and then copied (dumped) the backup image back into its original location. Now the image is there, but I cannot boot into Windows. The problem is likely caused by Boot Magic that was installed earlier. I can get to all drives, including CD with start up and rescue disks."

The sector infomation is from the BootMagic Vs 4 rescue diskette, partinfo.exe..

I have only one HDD, a C: drive 2 gig and
extended logial D: drive 1 gig.

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January 14, 2005 at 14:01:04

I was finally able to get out of this box
by reinstalling Windows 98se and Ghost and
restoring the image through Windows instead of DOS. Earlier I relied mainly on the Radified website,ie. that it would be good to
know how to use the DOS version. In my case
I had to use Windows.

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