06-29-2012 06:35 PM
I use BIBM for working with GPT partitions so this is a guess. In Disk Management can you delete the partitions on the external HD? Not important if you can't. Then you will probably need to run "clean" in DiskPart and create a partition.
1. Plug in your USB device
2. Start an Administrator mode Command Prompt. To do this, click on the Start button, then All Programs, then Accessories. Right-click on the Command Prompt item and select Run as administrator from the pop-up menu. If a UAC prompt is displayed, click the Yes button.
3. Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:
The number of your USB drive will be listed. You’ll need this for the next step. I’ll assume that the USB device is disk 3.
4. Format the drive by typing the following instructions into the same window. Replace the number “3” with the number of your disk.
list disk (already done)
select disk 3
list disk (do this to confirm. There will be a Star next to the selected disk)
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=NTFS quick
06-29-2012 07:04 PM
OK. Ghost sees the drive. Disk partition timed out. So I took the drive to a Mac and initiatlzed FAT and then took back to diskpart and was able to do the NTFS partition.
Making copy. I don't need a booting clone on this occaission. Just a complete copy. The OS on my system drive is a little corrupt. I want a backup before I try to fix my system - which seems like it needs a fresh install. Recovery not working and other problems.
06-29-2012 07:09 PM
Thanks. What you need is a One Time Backup. Create the image on the external HD. You don't have to restore this image but you can extract files from the image by right clicking the .v2i file and clicking Mount. The image is mounted as a virtual partition and you can search for and copy out files.
You could use Copy Drive if you like but an image is more useful as it can be restored to another HD. But I understand you don't plan to do a restore.
06-29-2012 07:39 PM
Thanks for the tip.
Just curious I think in an older version of Ghost there was the option to select no drive letter when setting the parameters for a drive copy. But that now seems gone?
More specifically how do I set a drive to have no drive letter assigned? Can it not be done on USB drives?
06-29-2012 08:31 PM
For Copy Drive, the easiest way is to copy into Unallocated Space. No partition. But if you want to remove the drive letter from a partition, in Disk Management, right click the partition, Change Drive Letter and Paths, Remove.
For Copy Drive if a SRP is not present
Check source for file system errors
Check destination for file system errors
Resize drive to fill unallocated space (ONLY if you want to)
Set drive active (for booting OS)
DON'T SELECT Disable SmartSector copying
DON'T SELECT Ignore bad sectors during copy
Destination partition type : Primary
Drive letter : None