Norton Ghost 2003 or Norton Ghost 12?

Posted on 2007-07-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
Hi all, I build computers to sell as a hobby. What I would like to do is create a set of images, sort of like the recovery disks that HP gives on their computers  I want an easy way for the people that buy my computers to restore them with all the apps and drivers as when they bought it.

I have both Norton Ghost 2003 and 12. I would prefer to use 2003 if possible.

All the computers I build have IDE optical DVD burners and SATA HDDs

I want mouse support

Im using XP SP2

I like 2003 ability to create the images on self-booting DVDs that include Ghost.exe.

I have read that you can use 2003 with a SATA, if you use either the NOIDE or the FNI switches  but I also read that you should use FNI instead of NOIDE when you have an IDE optical drive, as NOIDE disables all IDE drives  thus making the whole exercise moot.

I plan to use Microsofts Mouse.exe instead of loading and mouse.ini

I have found the place to customize boot disk, \docs and settings\all users\application data\Symantec\ghost\template\common. Ive placed the mouse.exe in that folder, then gone into ghosts Options> User Files>Add Files, and change Autoexec.bat and Config.Sys with no joy.

All Im looking to do is add mouse.exe to the boot disk and autoexec.bat file that ghost 2003 creates when it backs the image up to DVD

If I cant use 2003 for this  will 12? Ive got it, but have not yet read the manual. I also have True Image 10, but I dont want a boot disk AND then also have the back-up disks

Can someone help me with this?

Many thanks in advance

Question by:steve_tuttle
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    I've already been there and the forum, no answer for what I'm trying to do

    Thanks though
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    by:Philip Elder
    You are looking at licensing EVERY computer you sell with Ghost.

    Look into the built in sysprep utilities to prepare images. You can then create a simple bootable disk to pull that image from whatever media you choose.

    A better option to Ghost would be ShadowProtect by StorageCraft. A lot more simple to use, but a lot more robust than Ghost IMNSHO.

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    I agree with MPECSInc -- You have licensing issues with either Ghost 2003 or Ghost 12 or Ghost xx.  For example, Dell ships pc's with a special recovery partition (CNTRL-F11 upon boot) which loads a special Symantec utility to restore your operating system partition.  I'm sure Dell has a license agreement with Symantec to allow them to do that.

    Since you are doing this as a hobby, I suggest you concentrate on a freeware image backup and restore solution, even if it does require a boot CD disk to start the restore.  One example of this is Drive Image XML:

    Then you don't have to worry about the software police at your door when an unhappy customer points out you don't have a license from Symantec.

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