Ghost Image

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January 9, 2010 at 11:54:43
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.013 GHz / 2046 MB
Hi All. I'm in the process of setting up my new machine. I have a question about installing an image I made with Norton Ghost. The new machine has a 320 gig sata drive. It came unformatted. I have installed the hdd from my old machine which was also a 320 gig sata drive. The new hdd is all one partition, but the old drive was partitioned into 3 drives. C which contained the OS and was 43.9 gigs / F which was 39.0 gigs and contained some programs and data, and G which is 66.0 gigs and contains some programs and data. I tried to do a Win xp pro repair install using the old drive, but it wouldn't let me do it because it said the partition wasn't formatted for xp. It was and is formatted ntfs. Anyhow, I ended up formatting the new drive and installing xp pro on it. Now, the drives show as C (new drive with xp ) the old C is now E and the other partitons on the old drive still show as F and G. D being the DVD player. My question is can and should I partiton the new drive to the size of the old drive (duplicate) and restore my saved ghost image to the newly created C drive. My real question is, is the Norton ghost image I created with my old pc, hardware specific and may not work with the new system or is the image just hard drive specific. As of now, I'll have to go through installing many programs over again and it's a pain in the butt. I hope I made myself clear, but if I didn't please feel free to ask whatever you want. Thanx for any input.

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January 9, 2010 at 12:28:38
Ghost images are definitely hardware specific. You can't use the Ghost image on the new rig.

It wouldn't work anyway because your new SATA controllers are different than the old ones.

You need to bite the bullet and perform a clean install of everything.

Still best to partition and separate the OS and programs. Also separate the programs from the personal files like photos, music, etc.

Each type requires different backup techniques. Install programs that change frequently on the OS (C) partition. You will be imaging that one more frequently. Things like AV, Ccleaner, etc.

Place your programs on the next partition. You probably don't change the installed programs very often, if at all. That means less frequent imaging.

Photos, music, etc. are probably already compressed about as far as can be so not sense in imaging them at all. A straight copy is easier and allows you to add new files without necessarily redoing the whole thing.

If you dual or triple boot then reserve space for that.

IMO it is much easier to run different OSes off of Primary partitions. Then they aren't dependent on the OS primary partition to exist. Even better yet, use a different hard drive completely. then you can use the built in drive selector instead of using a boot loader like Windows or Grub, etc.

What version of Ghost are you running?

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January 9, 2010 at 12:41:18
Hi OtheHill,

That's what I thought. I'm using Ghost 9.0, it's like us, it's old, but still works:)) Anyhow, I'm going to partiton the new drive before I start installing programs over again. The old drive, as I mentioned, is in 3 partitons right now. I'm going to use it for storage only. I guess I'll salvage everything off it I want to keep and reformat it and cut it up into bigger pies. Maybe 2 partitons is enough. Do you think Ghost 9 is dated and I should use a newer vesion? Thanx for the reply.

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January 9, 2010 at 12:51:22
You need to work from DOS with that version don't you?

I use 2003 and I run it through Windows. Not sure if it works in Windows 7 because I haven't gotten around to installing it in 7.

Actually, from everything I have read Ghost was superior until Symantec screwed it up. I think my version is the last decent one. Has the Symantec name but I don't think they developed it.

Can you burn DVDR and span multiple disks or just write a file to a different hard drive?

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January 9, 2010 at 13:00:11
It has a user GUI and allows you to backup to cd's. I'm not sure about using dvd's but I think it's possible. You can boot off the disk or open it in windows. Of course, it boots out of windows to do the actual imaging. What program do you recommend if ghost isn't what it used to be?

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January 9, 2010 at 13:24:19
I doubt it will work with SATA drives though. You aren't using any at the moment are you?

If your program is still working then don't change.

I used to recommend Acronis True Image because users spoke highly of it. I just learned there is a bug in the last two versions so you can't use flash drives with Acronis installed. That sucks. I don't know what I will go to if Ghost 2003 won't work in Windows 7.

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January 9, 2010 at 13:35:17
Yes, it works with sata drives. I had a sata drive in when I made the last image. I guess I'll keep it for now since it does work pretty well. I'm looking at Win 7 too, but it will have to wait awhile. Thnax again for all the replies. I have a lot of partitoning to do. Later

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January 9, 2010 at 15:06:49
It may be that you can use your image depending on how you made it.

Most times you can boot to the ghost dvd/cd and run the utilities. It uses XP PE 2.0 and is a live cd to be used to recover your system. There ought to be many tools on that disk to help you.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 9, 2010 at 15:10:28

I have tried restoring to a computer that was the same except for one changed card and I kept getting errors. Ghost wants the same hardware on there.

In this case you are talking about totally different hardware.

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January 9, 2010 at 16:16:11
Too late. I formatted the old disk and resized all the partitions. Mission Accomplished. Now to reinsatll all the programs again. Yeow !!!

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