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windows xp sp2 + symantec ghost 9 problems

Hi there.

I'm having probs with installation and runnin gof symantec ghost 9.0 on xp sp2.

It installs fine, runs a backup fine, duplicates hard drives (which is really what i'm after) fine.

However, when xp boots up, I am getting "scanning disks" from the GhostTray application, sitting in the system tray. Although this seems to take up no huge amount of memory or cpu time, I cant run things like msconfig or System or IE or Add/Remove programs, yet I can run windows explorer and look at the internet through that browser. About 5/10 minutes later
the scanning disks disappears and is replaced by "Ready" and there are no more problems. Ghost runs fine after that. I have duplicated the c: to a slave hd e: thatr was preformatted in ntfs on the same system perfectly.

I have uninstalled ghost and the system now works perfectly.

EXCEPT for the fact that the slave disk is now unreadable and in Computer Maintenance, reads as uninitialized.

I want norton ghost on there and I want a backup drive to backup to.

Anyone got any ideas please?

is the secondary hard drive corrupt or something? the "copy hard drive" function in ghost was made without "copy mbr" so could that be a problem?

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if you do not know german do:

uninstall ghost
install sp2 (if not already done)

change some settings: the button names must not be correct as they are just translated from german:

   1.click Start > System
   2. dclick System.
   3. performance & tuning ->go to optional
   4. there is an option to deactivate : hard &software execution prevental.

to do so boot in safe mode
press start execute:

   type in :
      attrib -r -s -h boot.ini
leave window open and open boot.ini within editor
e.g. notepad
add to the file under
 [operating systems]

delete all other files beginning with /NOEXECUTE
save it and close

return to your command box: and enter
      attrib +r +s +h boot.ini

reboot and reinstall ghost

have fun
I would redo it with the MBR feature, then after it's done backing up... Remove the primary drive (Unplug) and plug the 2nd (Backup) into the primary master and see if you can boot from it. If you can, then your backup is fine. If not, and if you have to modify the boot.ini don't doo all that , just go Start>Run>MSCONFIG and click the boot.ini tab. You can modify it there much easier but I would be careful in doing any of that.

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