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Norton Ghost: Unable to find a free MBR slot on the Virtual Partition DLL. This is usually due to there being no free primary partition slots left on the boot disk.

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I want to Ghost a computer or a partition of the computer and when I try ether I get the following message "Unable to find a free MBR slot on the Virtual Partition DLL. This is usually due to there being no free primary partition slots left on the boot disk." I get the same message when I try to create a Ghost image to CD's or a file on an external hard drive. Does anyone know what the problem is and how I could fix it?

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DSterling
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were you using Partition to Image? there should be no partitioning problem if you are just try to make a ghost image, i.e. *.GHO onto the media you have mentioned.

If you want to use Partition to Partition method, make sure your HDD has no more than 3 Primary partition on it, and any extended partition will counted as one primary partition. Normally, you can only have max. 4 Primary partitions on each HDD.

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This was my solution to Norton Ghost problems:

1) Buy Acronis True Image

2) Only use the 'Clone Disk' feature to clone an exact backup copy of your drive---it's beautiful.

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3) Use Storage Crypt 2.0 to encrypt the backup drive fully.....then

4) Store it in your car or other location that is not in the same location as your main machine; if somone steals the drive then they need to know A) what program it is encrypted with; B) what the password is to decrypt it.... the most you'll lose is an encrypted drive that's useless to the thief.
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What version of Ghost are you running?  recent versions that run within Windows are a lot different from the 2003 and prior versions.  If you are running 2003, the problem may be that Ghost itself is trying to create a partition on your hard disk (the "Ghost Virtual Partition"), but it can't because there are already four primary partitions.  The solution may be to run Ghost from a boot CD or floppy, rather than the hard disk.
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