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I created a backup using norton ghost 9.0 (any ideas how it can make a backup of files if it stays in windows???) but now i cant restore it, i go through the restore options until it says it need to reboot, i put the installation disc in and boot to disc but it comes up with something like:

Windows 98

1. Norton Anti-Virus Rescue
2. Boot Normaly
3. Safe Mode

Have tried them all but cant restore the image, its in a v2i format so i cant use 8.

(XP SP2)

PhilipKC
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Sounds like you're using the wrong boot disk!  Try creating a new one and transfering the Ghost files to the new one without the norton files.  If you created a boot CD, then that is why you get the norton option.

On a clean PC (XP or 98):  create a new boot disk.  Copy your Ghost.exe to this disk.  Boot and start Ghost.  If you have problems accessing your image file, let us know!
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By the way - make sure you don't have a norton CD in.  It will try to boot from this first, depending on the boot sequence selected in your BIOS!
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by:PhilipKC
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Copied V2iConsole.exe to the floppy, renamed to Ghost.exe (so both were on disc), nothing.
Made a MS-DOS boot disc and did the same^^^ couldnt run Ghost in dos

Ran a file called RESTOREGHOST.EXE which looks like the Ghost 8 windows (this is in windows) but it couldnt open the new file type and is 1.99mb
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by:yesfrats
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Try to do it all from DOS.
Start with a Windows 98 SE startup floppy (with use of CDRom)  and then put in a floppy with ghost.exe.
Start ghost.exe and put in your backuped DVD/CDRom with *.gho files.

If this is not a solution then there is a problem with your *.gho backuped ghost files. Tyr to read them with the Ghost Explorer on a working PC.
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by:PhilipKC
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Ghost 9 doesnt use gho files it uses v2i or similar, the backup is on a partition
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still no ideas?
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I believe Ghost9 has a utility to make boot disks.  It should copy everything you need to the disk(s).  Because of the size, it may need more than one (like partition magic).  I'm giving a class for the next couple of hours - will try to do some more research on G9 and get back to you.
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by:PhilipKC
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Thanks
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Just copied this from the handbook:

For these types of
situations, you simply reboot the computer using the
Norton Ghost 9.0 CD or the Symantec Recovery Disk CD
(available with Norton SystemWorks Premier). The
computer automatically boots into the recovery
environment and lets you run (among other things) the
System Restore Wizard (to restore a backup image) or
the Backup Image Browser (to perform a file-level
restore).
The recovery environment makes restoring backup
images possible under almost any computer disaster.
Following the restoration of a backup image, the
computer is automatically rebooted and restored to its
previous, usable state.

My thoughts:  The CD must be bootable for the comment above to be true.  That means that if you can boot directly from the CD, the programs you need to restore the image are located in the boot sector of the CD.  These files are NOT visible when you try to read the CD from Explorer.  The needed programs should (according to Symantec) automatically.  There is a way to get at these files, but if they start anyway you don't need them copied somewhere else.  Change your boot priority to CD and try going from there.
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I just came across this as well.  It involves (as I mentioned before) using GHOST itself to make the boot disk(s):

Symantec Recovery Disk

A graphical, secondary boot environment (or operating system) that
gives you the minimal functionality needed to access backup image files
on a secondary hard drive on your local computer or on your network and
restore them. This environment is typically used when a drive cannot be
restored from within Windows or when the computer has suffered a
catastrophic failure and you need to restore the entire hard drive.
The recovery environment is available on the Norton Ghost CD.

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tried again but still nothing...am VERY tempted to go back to 8
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Ok im stupid...

Iv just realised what has happened, the person who installed it (multi-user 10 pcs) used a copy of the cd to install.....iv compared the original cd with the copy and it appears that the software used truncated some of the ridiculously long names ( X86_MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.COMMON-CONTROLS_6595B64144CCF1DF_6.0.10.0_X-WW_F7FB5805 ) and so it couldn’t find the files.....getting the original back and using that instantly worked.....sorry for wasting your time.

PhilipKC
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