04-18-2012 11:16 AM
So long as the image is valid it should work transferring to a disk with unallocated space. At the moment I am working on a "Cloned" drive using the technique I showed you in a previous post.
If you read my thread on "copy drive failure" it might help you understand what is going on.
BrianK and DaveH are two members that I am sure can help you on this one , they will be online later on.
04-18-2012 02:08 PM
Thanks. I will read that thread.
Can you confirm that my backups should create 2 files and I should be able to restore both files to a new, unallocated drive?
Yes that is correct,
transfer one at a time into the unallocated space, you will have to use the edit function to tick the necessary boxes.
04-22-2012 11:56 AM
Ghost is giving me an "invalid" error when I select the system reserved file.
I'm not running Win7 yet, but I'm curious why in this case my first thought was wrong (which I frankly do assume it must be, since our esteemed forum wizes didn't mention it):
When in XP I've gotten an "invalid" error after selecting an image to restore, IIRC sometimes that means that the image might be bad (which has happened to me even when Verify was enabled when creating the image); which one can confirm by asking a working Ghost installation to Mount and Verify the image). So my question is, why wasn't dminches advised to mount and verify his image(s)?
04-23-2012 05:24 AM
I spent several hours over 3 calls on the phone with Norton tech support. They attempted to be very helpful and actually called me back at one point.
They walked me through the procedure to restore a Win 7 image. The system reserved restore went fine. The main file got to 99% and then I got the error "At end of something." I discussed this with tech support and they didn't know what was wrong but they wondered if my new drive was too small given the size of the image. So, to make sure this wasn't the issue I cleared tons of stuff off of my c drive and made a new image which was under 80 GB before compression. I tried to copy this image onto my new drive which I fully cleared before I started and, again, I got the same error. The is no way that an 80 GB image cannot fit on a 150 GB drive which has 139 GB of usable space. For the record, I tried a trial version of another well known image copying software and it restore to the drive without a hitch.
I got the Ghost error using both the recovery disk and in the windows interface.
So, while I would like to continue to use Ghost I am going to temporarily use the other software until I can figure out the issue.
I think I understand how to use Ghost now since I have tried to restore this image at least 10 times and did it with the help of tech support. There is some bug which is causing the issue.
04-23-2012 05:33 AM
dminches wrote:The is no way that an 80 GB image cannot fit on a 150 GB drive which has 139 GB of usable space.
I'm not sure what this statement means.
How large was the source partition (Win7)? How much data did it contain?
How large is the target space?
04-23-2012 07:09 AM
The source drive from which the image was made was a 320 GB drive but there was only 80 GB of data. I was trying to restore the image onto a 150 GB drive. According to windows disk manager it has 139 GB of usable space.
Does that make sense?
04-23-2012 07:22 AM - edited 04-23-2012 07:23 AM
Even with 80 GB of data, the data spread might have been greater than 139 GB.
Ghost does sector based restores so if your original partition was....( * is sectors in use, - is free space)
then the target partition to restore into can not be smaller than...
Some apps don't do sector based restores. Probably the one you used.