Ghosting partition and leaving unpartitioned space available?

Posted on 2007-08-03
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
Is there a way to use a norton ghost image to restore to different hard drive sizes?

I want to back up a C: partition with a partition size of 20GB, and the rest of the space unallocated... how can I do that?

We build our servers the same way except they all have varying sizes of space, which is why I want to restore the C: with 20GB and leave the rest unpartitioned so that I can configure it as I want to.

Much obliged for any help!
Question by:PNJIT
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    The normal way to restore is to restore into UN-partitioned (that is blank) area of your hard drive.  That's a safety feature.  Ghost will automatically create the partition during the restore.  Note there is an opion on the restore to fill or increase the partition size to the max, which is usually used when restoring to a larger hard drive--this would not apply in your case, so don't check that option on restore

    Which Ghost version?  Options are different in different ones.  But I think your question seems to imply that you were restoring into a partition that already existed.  That can be dangerous if you make a mistake.

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    Ghost v8 for me -- let me know where the options might be, I'm going to look for them myself as well.

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    Sorry, I don't have a Ghost 8 manual.  But you should be able to select where you want to restore you image to.  Just don't select an existing partition.
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    When you restore the image you are shown a screen to set the partition sizes and it shows you the old size and the new size of the partition along with the size of the data.  To have it default to the same size as the master image you would run ghost with the -SZEE switch.

    ghost -SZEE

    This will default to the restored partition being 20 GB but you still have the option to change it.
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    Oh I apologize I misunderstood.  You want to first create the image of just the partition.

    In Ghost click Local/Partition/To Image and write the image to a file.  Or you can use the ghostcast server to create just the partition.  Let me know which way you currently do it or if you would like to do it over the network using the ghostcast server, which is the method I prefer, and I will give you a full write up on how to do it.

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