Hi all…Are you the “ultimate tech guy/gal”? This is not that tough a question to someone that knows what they are doing, but I need an ultra in depth, idiot proof, step by step answer. For this reason I am giving 4 times the max points for this…..Impossible you might say…..well granted I have spent all of 3 minutes looking around the site…..for reasons I will make obvious later…and noticed that there was a max number of points I could give away…not a max number of questions…so…I will place 3 more very simple questions up, after I have received the winning answer, each with max points, and guess who will win those points!
Ok.. I have basically no time to get loads of stuff done before I go off on a business trip on Monday. Amongst those things I have to get done is to make a bootable copy of the c: drives of my 2 laptops which are going in for minor repairs. I expect the manufacturer ( Acer ) to hose my hard drive as they have gone, IMHO, from a great customer service 6 years ago, to one of the worst!
I need, If not a ghost boot cd plus a bootable ghost file on an external hard drive, then a boot disk CD with ghost or similar on it, that I can boot from and then create a reliable copy of the c drive, be it ghost or not, which I can then store on an external disk.
You would have thought this relatively easy…well I tried all the obvious things and got nowhere ….slowly!…In the good old days I used Norton ghost with a boot floppy with ghost on it, and ghosted my c: partition on to another partition and then backed up that to an external drive. Those were in the days when all my drives were fat32 and laptops came with diskette drives. If I had a problem, I merely loaded the rescue disk which came with the machine..got up a basic operating system, and then copied over the ghost backup onto another partition, loaded my diskette, ran ghost from dos, waited 20minutes. Then gave thanks to the God Norton for recovering my machine.
Well the God Norton has died I reckon, because I am damned if I can still do that. My Laptops do not have diskettes, so my old boot floppies don’t work. I have not managed to make a bootable cd with ghost. I have finally got a boot disc from acer which allows me to boot into dos with cd support, but do not know what to do next. On top of that I cannot dump straight to cd as my C drive is running at about 8 gig! Lastly I have heard terrible things about Norton Ghost and big NTFS backups, and that whilst the backup is made, it does not restore!
So that is it, below is a list of the applicable hardware and software…Any more questions please ask. Please remember I am not that technical, and I have not got loads of time to go and look up ( even with guidance ) how to do this, hence the big points. Good luck and thanks in advance!..Oh….and if I need to buy any additional software I am willing to do so as time is of the essence.
2 acer laptops travelmate 830 and travelmate 420 One running XP pro ( latest updated), the other w2k sp3, both with partitioned hard drives. C drive on each has about 8 gig used by op system.
both have cd writers.
Desktop P4 1.6 with a floppy drive and cd reader..does not burn.
3 external hard drives with loads of space. USB2 connections. I hope to put the bootable ghosts on one of these.
All machines are networked on lan.
Norton anti virus 2003
Norton Firewall 2003
Partion magic 8
Norton Ghost 2003, 2002, 2001,2000…and a real old one!
Nero cd burner ver.126.96.36.199
Winimage Ver. 6.10.6100 ( heard it was helpful to burn bootable cd…have not had time to work out how to use it.)
Clone cd Ver. 188.8.131.52
NTI cd maker 2000 plus edition ver. 5.1.30