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Hi, Everybody...

I thought that I would be a wise guy and try imaging my C:\ to be responsible and all that.  I installed a copy of Norton Ghost 2003 on my 1.0GHz, w98SE machine and tried to ghost the image after reading the well-known Ghost instruction manual found at ghost.radified.com .

Well, I THINK I know what is supposed to happen, but when the process starts (in MS-DOS mode), after correctly identifying the drive and the target media (Samsung DVD drive--handles all approp. media discs), the program hangs after beginning w/ the operation: checking directory structures...

Interestingly, all my DVD discs (Memorex) appear to have a 44-byte file on them that is recognized by the extension .cda.  They are all brand-new discs so I don't know what to make of that.

I don't have the time or skill to look into this endlessly myself and must rely on the talented people here.  Do any of you have an idea what could be the problem here (besides the user himself)?


Thanks so much,


Whit

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by:PUNKY
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You should do it in PC-DOS mode. Also choose size of back up images smaller 4 Gig (I huess you are using 4.7 Gig DVD, if not I was wrong). You cloned C:\ .... is this partition > partition?
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by:Whitcorp
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Hi, Punky...

Thanks so much for your reply.

No, I didn't try doing this in DOS mode, primarily because I can't load a mouse driver in an F8 boot or through my Windows 98 boot disk.  (I tried making a new one but the Windows easy-quick method kept asking for my video driver from the Windows 98 CD.  My card's driver is not located there--I just gave up on that process out of frustration and disgust.)

I downloaded an W98SE boot disk from bootdisk.com.  It located all drives and, initially, ran Ghost well.  But, again, it didn't allow a mouse function, and I couldn't select the burner from the list of target options.  (Also, would a simple boot disk allow the image to be burned from DOS?  Would the DVD actually work?)

My DVD media is 4.7 GB, Memorex.  The C:\ drive is occupied by only a single partition, though the drive is 20GB and the data is approx. 12 GB.


Thanks again,


W.






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by:PUNKY
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Is there any reason that you have to make images using DVD?

The simple way to do ghost is create a floppy disk which will contain main drivers for keyboard and mouse, so that you can start to ghosting image (choosing partition > partition or disk > disk). Install new hard drive in as slave drive.

To create images using dvd as recovery discs, I would have following items below (please note I am using Norton Ghost 9):

Insert Ghost CD in, setup boot order in bios to boot from CD/DVD:

1. Select Backup drive
2. Select source partition - C: drive
3.  Select local file > Directory > Browse to ....
4. Check mark verify backup image after creation
5. Select Divide the backup image into smaller files to simplfy archiving (I divide into 4 Gig)
6. Using Nero or equivalent to burn images.
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by:Whitcorp
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PUNKY...

Thanks again...  That's great information, except that I could use your clarification on two points:

First, if I reset the BIOS to boot from CD/DVD does the Ghost 2003 disk have the capability to boot the PC?

Secondly, once the Ghost interface loads how do I get my "Nero or equivalent" to do the job of burning (because I'll be in DOS)?

W.
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PUNKY earned 75 total points
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The ghost disk will boot if it is original CD or bootable CD. Most ghost cd disk will boot after boot order is set in bios to boot from CD/DVD. If not, the ghost disk was made non-bootable, and you will have no option. Sorry, I made wrong comment about ..."Insert Ghost CD in, setup boot order in bios to boot from CD/DVD:...", you do the steps 1-6 in windows environment. I think your ghost 2003 will able to do that. You dont need to install ghost into system, you can insert ghost disk in and start to ghost.

I recommend that you create floppy disk with CD/DVD support options add-in (ghost 2003 has that option). This way, while you are in DOS, you can still able select DVD burner to create DVD back up.


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by:PUNKY
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Also, you might read the thread below:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Q_21993260.html
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by:Whitcorp
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PUNKY, Hi...

Thanks a million for the ideas.  I will try the Ghost CD boot and post results in a bit.  

(I will be out of town until 11/7.)


Thanks again,


W.

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