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DBAN, THEN GHOST

Posted on 2006-06-17
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I have a stack of laptops that I am supposed to turn into useful tools.  I don't know any of the logins; don't know if they are Win2k or WinXP.  I used Deriks Boot and Nuke to wipe the drives, thinking that I could use ghost loaded from a CD to copy the image I want onto the C: drive.

After I used DBAN, the disk is wiped.  Thats good!  BUT, when I boot up into Ghost, it does not see the C: drive.  Do I need to partition it?  And if so, how?  I only have CD or USB access, no floppy.  Somehow I have to make Ghost see the hard drive so I can image it.

HELP!!
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"... don't know if they are Win2k or WinXP ..." ==>  :-)   ... after you "... used Deriks Boot and Nuke to wipe the drives ..." it's quite safe to say they are neither !!

Does the BIOS see the drive okay?   ... if so, I'm surprised Ghost doesn't "see" the drive to restore an image to it.   Do this:

(a)  Download Boot-It NG from www.bootitng.com  (the free demo)
(b)  Create a bootable CD
(c)  Boot to the CD;  press CANCEL at the 1st prompt; Okay at the 2nd (to go to Maintenance Mode)
(d)  Now click on Partition Work ==> and post exactly what it shows in the center section of the Window here (this will show the current partition structure of the drive)

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... if the BIOS isn't "seeing" the drive, you may need to force it to redetect the drive.  Post the make/model of the laptops if you need any help doing that.
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