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Restoring Ghost to a NEW HDD

Question:: I use Ghost 10, and I run my incremental backups everyday .. So I have the Ghost files ready to be restored from an external HDD.

My internal HDD just fried, and I cannot boot nor is it registering in the BIOS.. SO, MY QUESTION IS, (I AM TAKING IT SOMEWHERE FOR ANALYSIS), SO IF I JUST NEED TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE HARDDRIVE, AND IT IS REPLACED, CAN I JUST RESTORE THE BACKUPS FROM GHOST TO THE NEW DRIVE AND ALL SHOULD BE A-OK?
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
yes you may try restoring the backup..the new drive shouldn't afect the data.
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RDAdamsCommented:
From the sounds of it you only have one hard drive that the data and os resides on.  If you have a ghost image of the entire drive then yes you should be able to put the new hard drive in.  Restore the ghost image and reboot and away you go.

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Expert4XPCommented:
Basically, you:

1. Install new blank unformatted hard drive
2. Boot from the Ghost 10 recovery cd
3. Select a restore point (backup) from the external HDD.

Here is an guide I wrote regarding restoring using Ghost 10:

http://radified.com/cgi-bin/YaBB/YaBB.cgi?board=general;action=display;num=1139345103

(note if you had more than one partition on your old drive, it complicates it a little, because you have to restore each partition with Ghost 10)
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PUNKYCommented:
@ Expert4XP, good procedure. Thanks.
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Expert4XPCommented:
Punky:  thanks.  That radified forum has more Ghost experts on it than any where else I have seen.  (Symantec should be paying them.)  :)

The biggest (or one of the biggest) drawbacks of Ghost 10 is that there is not a "Copy the whole drive" option.  Some of the PC manufacturer's (Dell and others) include a small FAT partition as the first partition, then your NTFS Windows one, and optionally a 3rd Dell Restore partition.

It's very easy to select the wrong options when enlarging a hard drive in these circumstances.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
Yes and no.  What are you going to boot from?  If the original C died, and now you install a blank unformatted C drive to ghost the OS back onto, this will not work, there is no boot drive.

Since your recovery info is on the external drive, is it bootable apart from the ghost backup on it?  If so, you can restore the backup to C with no problem.  But if there is NO operating system on it, you are going to have to boot from somewhere, running the ghost client, in order to do this.  Once you sort that out, you can restore to the C drive without any problems.  BTW, if the original C drive is dead, please close that question and award points.  Thanks.
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Expert4XPCommented:
scrathcyboy:  the original poster said he has Ghost 10.  Ghost 10 comes with a Recovery boot CD.  That is what he boots from.  The Recovery CD is a Windows Pre-Environment (similar to the XP startup cd) that has support for most current devices. The Recovery boot CD, once started, brings up the Ghost 10 program, and you tell Ghost 10 to restore from your external usb2 drive (or other drive or media).
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Expert4XPCommented:
I believe I gave the original poster all the information he requested about what procudure should be used as well as a reference to a backup/restore guide.

I'm surprised it was abandoned, but suspect he was able to restore from the backups.
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
well I approve your comment Expert4XP; after several answers no reply from the author. I think they shoul split points to all of us.
regards nodramas.
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Expert4XPCommented:
I agree that splitting points to all who tried to help is fair.
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