• All Community
    • All Community
    • Forums
    • Ideas
    • Blogs
Kudos3

Windows 8 and Ghost 15

You can use these together. The images are created and restored quickly using the "cold" technique. There is no need to install Ghost 15.

For those who aren't familiar with creating a "cold" Ghost 15 backup image, I'll describe how to backup the Win8 partition...

Boot using the Ghost 15 CD
Backup My Computer
Next
Enter your license key
Next
Select the Win8 partition
Next
Browse to your destination folder
Next
Compression Standard (recommended)
Put a tick in Verify recovery point afyer creation
Next
Finish

You can create images of other partitions (if you desire) after the current process has completed.

Cold imaging is a manual procedure but it only takes a few minutes of your time. Are there advantages over "hot" imaging? Yes, speed. In my test computer a cold image takes only half the time to be created compared with creating a hot image.

It's true you can't do Copy Drive from the Ghost 15 CD, but no problem, you can do image/restore instead. I prefer cloning drives with image/restore.

Replies

Kudos2

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

In this post...

http://community.norton.com/t5/Other-Norton-Products/Ghost-15-on-Windows-8-Not-supported/m-p/834664#M51556

Bitbob reported creating hot images with Ghost 15 in Win8.

Today I created a (non activated) Ghost 15 hot image in Win8. The image was verified. The image was restored to an empty HD and Win8 booted normally.

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

I have also created a hot image, but who wants to keep re-installing Ghost 15 to keep it "activated" or reboot with the disc to create a cold image. This is not what I paid for and Symantec should have a Win 8 solution ready, either an upgrade to Ghost 15 or a new version. This is just lousy customer support!  

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

At least we know Ghost 15 is usable with Win8 even though it entails some extra effort on our part. It would be very concerning if Ghost 15 couldn't create or restore Win8 images. But that's not the case.

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

Is it true you can coldimage/restore for windows XP, vista, 7 & 8?

If so then that is great!  I can now use ghost like I did with ghost7 for yeaars. Will there be network access? 

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15


raylonr wrote:

Is it true you can coldimage/restore for windows XP, vista, 7 & 8?

If so then that is great!  I can now use ghost like I did with ghost7 for yeaars. Will there be network access? 


Yes, starting with version 15 you can now once again create images as well as restore them using the recovery disk.

It really makes no diference what version of windows happens to be on the drive or partition.  The recovery disk also has network access, LAN only because WiFi is not supported in WindowsPE.

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

What is the correct order to restoring images if there is more than 1? When I did a cold backup, I saw 2 paritions, with one being a very small one. So, I selected both and both backed up. But when I went to do a cold restore, there was no way to pick both (CTRL, ALT, or SHIFT did not allow me to highlight both). So do I do the main partition first and the small one second? And what do I select for each in the 'special' options (e.g. Set Drive Active, Restore original disk signature, Restore MBR , etc...).

Thanks for the help.

Frank

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

Frank,

Always restore in the same order the partitions are present on the source HD (Disk Management).

You can restore several images at once using the .sv2i but we strongly recommend you don't. The images can be restored in the wrong order. I always backup partitions individually too. Just a personal preference.

Restore options....

http://community.norton.com/t5/Other-Norton-Products/Ghost-15-options-for-recovery/td-p/218202

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

I've decided not to use Ghost until this gets sorted out in a more concrete manner, but I do still have some crucial files that I need to have from one of my previous backups.

Is there a way to run the recovery point browser without installing Ghost?  Is there a separate component that I can run to extract the needed files from my last backup?  This would be immensely helpful to me.

Kudos1

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

You can run Recovery Point Browser without installing Ghost. Just copy V2iBrowser.exe from C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Ghost\Browser or download it HERE.

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

Great, thanks!

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

This post has been moved to its own thread.
Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

All these methods are irrelevant, although you can use Ghost 15 to boot up the computer, but you cannot find the images stored in an external hard drive, if the computer does not have a USB2 port. Like some new computers, which only have USB3 ports

Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

Our whole business backup structure is based upon hot automated backups over all computers which can restore anything from a single file up to a whole disk. Rebooting to the Rescue disk every time we want to do a partition/disk backup and relying on File History for file backups doesn't even come close to an acceptable solution. Symantec, make your intentions clear. Is this just catchup time and you will be releasing a fully functional version of Ghost that works as well as it does on Windows 7 or is Window 8 support not a priority item here and may never actually come? We and many (thousands?) other businesses need an answer so we can adjust our business plans accordingly, not the least of which is where Window 8 fits in to it, without having to worry about our recovery strategies.
Kudos0

Re: Windows 8 and Ghost 15

Symantec have definitely dropped the ball on the Ghost 15 / Windows 8 compatibility issue. Ghost hasn't had a decent version since Ghost 9 / 2003. Ghost 15 is riddled with bugs and I'm sorry I ever bought it, the updates have been few and far between. I'm using EaseUS ToDo free version now and, the longer it takes for Symantec to fix Ghost 15 or bring out a low-cost upgrade to Ghost 16, the more unlikely it is that I'll continue to buy Symantec products (that includes NIS 2013).

Symantec, pull your socks up !!!

Replies are locked for this thread.