04-25-2011 06:30 PM - edited 04-25-2011 07:01 PM
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04-25-2011 07:48 PM
I've responded to a couple of your questions in red. Hopefully someone will come along and answer the rest.
2) Since Ghost 15.0 Recovery Disc seems to use some sort of Windows PE, does that make a system recovery more vulnerable to virus execution? For example is Windows PE capable of executing an already existing virus on the HDD to-be-recovered drive (and therefore infecting the HDD with the intact/clean recovery image)?The Ghost 15 Recovery environment is based on Windows PE 2.1 (Vista). The file on the disc that is expanded into RAM is \sources\boot.wim. Since this is read-only, I do not see how a virus could get into it. The only way the virus would execute would be if you deliberately did it. There's a good chance it wouldn't even work in a PE environment since the active Windows drive is X: instead of C:. When you recover an image, it could be possible that the virus is left on certain sectors of the drive that are not overwritten, but I don't think it would matter. If you were really concerned, you could zero fill the drive before restoring an image to it. You can even use DISKPART to do this from the command prompt. The command after you select the drive is CLEAN ALL. This wipes every sector on the selected drive clean. Be very careful using DISKPART as it does exactly what you tell it to do without asking if you are sure! On the other hand, if your image has a virus, it will also be recovered too.3) By using the Recovery CD, if I restore a clean image to an infected destination drive, will the infected destination drive be overwritten and therefore cleaned?See above.Thank you
04-25-2011 08:55 PM
USB devices are not really supported by a systems BIOS. The BIOS allows basic access to the device but in no way does it support it like a hard drive. Think of it more like a Serial port or LPT port, the support your motherboard gives it is as it would a peripheral device, like a mouse or keyboard. The BIOS does not give it full hard drive support and is unable to provide any sort of drive translation or correct geometry as it does a hard drive.
So USB is basically software driven through drivers, a BIOS only "opens" the port and allows basic access.
You can see how that works since your using a 32bit OS and a "normal" BIOS, the drive still works fine in windows.
I have no idea why your BIOS doesn't list it as a bootable choice, it could be one of several reasons most likely size.
Same reason why the DOS version of Ghost.exe might have trouble with it.
But the Ghost recovery disk is Vista PE 32bit, it's going to work as well as your windows 7 32bit operating system and if you have no trouble with the drive in wondows you will have no trouble with it in the recovery console.
For the second part of your question:
"Does Ghost v15.0 support UEFI and/or 3TeraByte drives (or bigger)?"
I'm not really sure if I understand that, I don't see how EFI would matter at that point.
The recovery disk boots as a CD and by the time Ghost is loaded it is well past the BIOS stage. I would assume any type of EFI BIOS would have to provide support for booting a CD?
And as I already mentioned, the recovery disk is VistaPE, once it is loaded any drive size limitations would be Windows 32bit limitations and nothing to do with Ghost. If Windows "sees" it Ghost will be able to as well.