Imaging a Dual Boot setup using Norton Ghost 14
Posted on 2008-06-12
My primary Hard Drive has 5 Partitions. The first two partitions are used to Dual Boot between XP & Vista. I purchased a copy of Ghost 14.
Here is what I'm trying to accomplish:
I would like to create an image/recovery point of the two OS partitions, or the entire Hard Drive (if necessary). This will be a one-time backup following a clean install (after I install and configure my essential Apps and Utilities). The idea is that if the HD dies, or if corruption occurs, I would be able to replace the hard drive, boot into a recovery CD and restore the OS partitions (or the entire hard drive) to the way it was the day I created the backup (i.e. not only bootable, but also retaining the boot loader settings for my dual boot configuration).
I have an external USB drive to store the images on. Do I want to create recovery points for just the two partitions in question, for all of the partitions on the hard disk, or do I need to copy the entire disk, using the 'Copy my Hard Drive' function? The 'Copy my Hard drive' function confuses me, because it only allows me to select one partition at a time as opposed to an entire Hard Disk (which consists of 5 partitions in my case).
If the entire hard drive has to be backed up/restored, I'm not concerned with the other 3 partitions as I have daily backups of those in another location, and they are relatively small. I do, however, need the other 3 partitions to exist and be the same size after the restore.
Any help is appreciated.