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Kudos1

Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Run the diskpart command line app as admin
    * list disk to find the drive number of your usb stick.
    * select disk #  to select the usb disk (put the number you found in the previous step in place of the # - be absolutely certain you have the right number!)
    * clean
    * create partition primary
    * select partition 1
    * active
    * format fs=ntfs
    * assign
    * exit
Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive
Change directory to the DVD's boot directory where bootsect lives:
cd  :\boot
Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I'm assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
bootsect /nt60 g:

copy your NG Recovery to your usb

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Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

routerguy99,

Yes, Ghost does load faster from a UFD than from a CD. Nice.

The second part of your post about the boot sector isn't essential.

http://krisrowland.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/boot-norton-ghost-14-srd-from-a-usb-stick/

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

" The second part of your post about the boot sector isn't essential."

For version 15 its is..

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed


routerguy99 wrote:

For version 15 its is..


I've made several Ghost 15 UFDs and I just made another Ghost 15 UFD without doing the boot sector section. I used a slightly different method.

I ran DiskPart from the Ghost 15 CD and used...

format fs=fat32 quick

,,, to shorten the format time.

The Ghost UFD booted into the Recovery environment.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Nice thanks..

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

I just saw this post when you posted a link in another thread.

Well done, but I agree with Brian. You don't need to format it in NTFS, it gives no advantage and might even be a little slower because of the file system overhead.

I would also use: format fs=fat32 quick 

He is also correct you don't need to add a bootsector, Vista or Windows 7 already adds a nt60 bootsector.

nt60 boot sector boots "bootmgr" (Vista\7)

nt52 boot sector boots ntldr (XP/2000)

DOS boot sector boots IO.sys

Only time you need to add a nt60 boot sector is if your making the bootable flash drive in XP.

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Dave, thanks for the info on boot sectors.

I've been playing with Grub4 DOS lately and booting ISO files from a USB flash drive. I've been able to put most of my bootable flash drives onto a single flash drive. But I can't get the Ghost 15 ISO to work. Have you had any success?

http://www.themudcrab.com/acronis_grub4dos.php

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Yes, thats how I use it.

I got so many old dos tools and programs, and other things, I didn't want to dedicate the whole flash drive to just Ghost.

it's actually not a flash drive, on my EEE I have a 16GB SDHC card that I leave in all the time. It has the grub bootloader and I can start the Ghost ISO from it.

What happens when you try it?

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

I can't remember exactly. I think it starts to load and then fails.

Strange that it works on some computers and not others. I have a few ISOs on my Grub4DOS stick that load on some computers and not others. Now that I know you can do it I'll try again.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Let me try to rephase that since I'm a linux idiot. 

My card or flash drive has uses grub, it boots to grub and from there I can boot the Ghost ISO.

If that makes a difference, I'm not booting DOS and then using grub4dos to boot the ISO, I had some problem doing that although I can't remember if it was with Ghost or something else I wanted to boot.

I went back to using this:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-iso-from-usb-flash-drive/

I'm pretty sure it's the regular old syslinux and grub.

I don't have it here so I can't look at the menu.lst but I'm pretty sure it is just like the example shown:

# title Test ISO
# find –set-root /testname.iso
# map /testname.iso (hd32)
# map –hook
# root (hd32)
# chainloader (hd32)

I don't think I'm using "boot" either.

I could never get it to work well mapping it into memory, It worked so slow I might die of old age before it loaded all the way.

Only problem I had was getting the file contiguous because it can't be fragmented, but I used that program "wincontig" from that site or another time I just defragged it and copied it again.

I only tried it so far on that one system, so I don't know if it will work on others, interesting how you found that out.

In the morning I'll post what I got in menu.lst.

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

I just tried it and it works. It runs quite fast too. Don't ask.

Maybe the ISO was fragmented last time. It did check OK with WinContig today.

My menu.lst entry for Ghost is (no mem entry)

title Ghost 15
map (hd0,0)/customG15.iso (hd32)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)
boot

My flash drive boots to a menu that contains my 15 ISO files.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

It's almost 1am or I would go look for you.

Did you try this. (maybe make a new temp entry)

title Ghost15
find --set-root /customG15.iso

map /customG15.iso (hd32)
map --hook
root (hd32)
chainloader (hd32)

There is also a way, (but I can't remember) that you can type in each line one at a time and push "enter" and then grub tells you whats going on and confirms what it did.  I tried that to find another problem and although it didn't help me it may tell you what the error is.

edit- strange, my dashes didn't come out right, should be 2 before set and hook.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Oh OK it does work. Sorry I must have missed that.

I also noticed it runs suprisingly fast, can't really notice the difference between booting the ISO or booting it from a flash drive the other way.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed


routerguy99 wrote:

Run the diskpart command line app as admin
    * list disk to find the drive number of your usb stick.
    * select disk #  to select the usb disk (put the number you found in the previous step in place of the # - be absolutely certain you have the right number!)
    * clean
    * create partition primary
    * select partition 1
    * active
    * format fs=ntfs
    * assign
    * exit
Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive
Change directory to the DVD's boot directory where bootsect lives:
cd  :\boot
Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I'm assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
bootsect /nt60 g:

copy your NG Recovery to your usb


It works, thanks  :)

Cheers.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Hi,

I have used the "Boot to ISO" Method and it works great!

I have also tried a couple of bootable images that work but once loaded in to memory I cannot see the machines internal harddrives.

Even if I could only see the one half we could:

  1. create a backup of the first half
  2. Then rebuild the mirror.

(I have plugged in a 500GB USB SATA to backup the image and this is detected)

But HDD0 & HDD1 cannot be seen :(

I’m thinking its something to do with the boot sequence within the bios

Thanks in advance.

Tristan C. 

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Hi Tristan,

I think you just need to add your RAID drivers.  If Ghost is installed on that system you can try building a custom restore disk and saving that as another ISO.

Or you can find the driver files and manually add them to the restore disk.  Regardless of what your running, the Ghost restore disk is 32bit so you need to find 32bit Vista or XP drivers. (XP drivers seem to work better for me).

You can't use any .exe driver installation, you need the files .sys, .inf, and .cat

These files may be availible from the motherboard site to be used as a "floppy disk" used during the installation of XP.

If you need any help post a link to the motherboard or give us the make and model.

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your post.

Where in the ISO should I put the RAID drivers?

Also i am in the process of looking for the chipset drivers.

The workstations that are being cloned are TOSHIBA ST-B20 SERIES (Toshiba POS Terminal)

I have looked on the Toshiba website but the spec does not state what raid controller.

At bootup,  RAID status shows

"JMICRON TECHNOLOGY CORP

PCIE - SATAII RAID CONTROLLER

BIOS V1.06.82"

Any information is gratefully received.

Thanks

Tristan

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

Forgot to mention,

This is a hardware RAID. 

Thanks again

Tristan.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost 15 to usb... Fixed

I looked through the Toshiba site too and couldn't find anything about the model of the RAID controller.

You might want to look in the device manager to see how windows describes it.

See if it has "36x" in the name or driver file.

Looking at the Jmicron site, if I had to guess I would say it's a JMB363 or at least in that 36x series.

If you have no luck from the supplier or Toshiba, you may want to try this.

Go here (It's a ftp link)

ftp://driver.jmicron.com.tw/

Pick the most recent non-eSATA driver in the JMB36x folder: JMB36X_WinDrv_R1.17.55_WHQL.zip

When you extract it, you will find a folder called "Floppy32", put that folder on your USB stick and boot Ghost

When Ghost is loaded all the way go to: Utilites>>Load a Driver

Browse to the floppy32 folder, load it up and see if you can access the drives.

If it works, you can use the Ghost program in windows to make a custom restore disk.

Best of luck,

Dave

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