I have some questions about Norton Ghost 2002 (using primarily on win 98 but other os's as well) – sorry this is a bit sprawling, but I like to get these things clear in my head.
I was looking for a way a) to back up a functioning hard drive (either entirely or just windows and system directories) so that it could be quickly and easily restored in the event of problems and b) take an image of a computer which I am repairing in case my reparative efforts leave it in a worse state then when I started. I decided that a disk-cloning utility would be ideal for these purposes – despite hearing that powerquest’s drive image was more accessible I went with what I believed to be the industry standard - Ghost 2002. Despite being an experienced user, I found the manual to be inadequate – as such I would be very grateful for a brief - and more straightforward - walkthrough of the procedure for ghosting and then restoring a drive (including generating boot disks) and some clarification on the following issues:
· In the manual it states that the ghost boot wizard includes IBM PC-DOS on boot disks but that “this may not start on all computers” and that you can alternatively include MS-DOS if you have installed MS-DOS files on the computer on which you are creating the boot disk. I want to know what the difference between the two are, what the relative advantages are, and whether all computers will have the relevant files pre-installed for MS-DOS.
· Is it possible to selectively clone just the windows and system folders. Ideally so that in the event of registry corruption or system failure you could unpack the working OS over the old one whilst leaving all other files and folders intact. Or if it is not possible to preserve old data (due to Ghost rewriting the entire partition) at least allowing me to rapidly unpack a fresh windows installation with all drivers in place.
· I had planned to take my portable USB cd writer round to the computers I needed to clone, but I read in the manual that it does not support these. I reasoned that this was because the program runs in DOS which perhaps does not support USB – but it does support direct cable connection with a USB lead. Is there any inherent reason why USB Cd writers cannot be supported and is Drive Image the same. My only alternative on machines without integral cd writers is to use a serial zip drive which I would have thought would be extremely laborious – can anyone think of another option. One possibility I considered is setting up a separate partition and saving the ghost to this, then transferring the entire image to the USB cd writer from within windows – does this seem viable?
Thanks in advance people.