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Ghost 2003 won't return to Windows

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AMD new computer
Ghost 2003

Using Ghost 2003, I was trying to ghost this new hard disk in a new computer.  It went throughthe steps of configuration no problem.  When it  rebooted and went into PC DOS mode the ghost application just froze with an hourglass mouse pointer showing.  I've tried to reboot but it won't go back into  Windows.  Eventually I can  get the C: prompt.   I've tried the ghreboot command but it just sits there saying... Returning to Windows.  I've rebooted and power off/on several times with no success.  I've tried both Ghost PC DOS choice upon reboot but it won't go back into Windows.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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by:FriarTuk
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from dos if you do "dir c:" does it show all of your folders?

try running system restore from dos & try going back a day before this happened
%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
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if for some reason it corrupted the boot information
you could try booting into the recovery console & do
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058/en-us    "xp recovery console"
fixboot
bootcfg /list
bootcfg /scan
bootcfg /rebuild
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by:yeller
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I can't get to my hard drive.  C: just points to the Ghost drive.  I only have access to the Ghost command set.  There must be some way to bypass all this and get back into Windows.  I really don't want to start doing a recovery.

I need to get this fixed ASAP.  Any more suggestions would be appreciated!
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by:yeller
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I tried fixboot and bootcfg /rebuild.

Now I get NTLDR is missing upon reboot.
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by:yeller
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C: is the ghost partition now.  D: is my hard drive.  How can I get rid of this C: Ghost drive?
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by:yeller
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Ok, I gave up and reformatted and started from scratch.
Thanks anyway.
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by:yeller
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Just a quick addendum:

Ghost 2003 is compatible with XP but not stable.

I did a format and a complete Windows and applications re-install.
This time I tried to Ghost to an external USB hard drive.
I got the same problem!!!

Solution:
I booted with a windows 98 CD.
I did an Fdisk and set the active partition to my Windows partition NOT the Ghost partition.
I then booted back into Windows with no problem.
Once in Windows, I went into Disk Management and deleted the Ghost partition.

I purchaed Ghost 10 which is supposed to be more compatible with XP.

I hope this can help someone else out there.

Thanks.
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by:Howco
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I had the same problem using SATA disks and XP and have used the Windows 98 SE bootdisk to set the active partion as described.  It worked.  Many thanks!!
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