Whats the best alternative to Ghost for NT 4.0

Posted on 2004-11-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Have an NT 4.0 Box that has a hard drive failing.  System CANNOT be upgraded due to legacy software.  I want to replace the hardware, but need to "Ghost" an image of the PC.  Norton is great, but does not support NT with the latest version.  Suggestions appreciated.
Question by:LMFCTECH

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    This suggestion may be slow but will give you the backup that you wanted. Get a copy of LapLink and connect the PC's via a cross over cable or even an parrallel cable. LapLink is easy and sets one as the master and one as the slave and clones the drive.

    I have used this in last solution scenario's before hope it helps here.

    Dave Jr
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    Ghost 2003 does support NT4, the restriction is on what you run the Ghost server on, not on what file system you are ghosting. I don't think there is a Ghost client for NT4 but that's more for live backup rather than cloning. - says all NTFS, also doesn't list Linux as a supported platform but it can ghost Linux EXT2/3.

    That also applies to Ghost corp edition if it's server, check with symantec's freephone presales number at

    Assuming it is NT4 server you could also clone it by adding the new disk as a mirror, then remove the old one and swap the IDs.

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    I used to use ghost, the version I had didnt support Windows XP NTFS I was using. So I tried Acronis TrueImage 7 and thought it was much easier to use (do not know what the compression rates are compared to ghost). It says that supports NT 4 so you might want to try it. Website:
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    Ghost should support NT4. It may just not be possible to install it on a NT machine, but you can make a boot diskette set of ghost on another machine and then boot your nt4 server with it. Now you should be a able to ghost your server. Acronis is also a good software, I believe you can download a trial version.

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