04-15-2010 03:37 PM
I just purchased Norton ghost 15 last week. I need help in figuring out on how to make bootable images that I was able to make in the older versions.
I would prefer bootable cd images.
Here is what I am trying to do
I need a capture a system image as soon as windows 7 is installed (not at the stage it starts configuring for the system). One way I do is - install it - when it restarts just boot the cdrom before windows can start its first boot. And capture the image on DVD.
I can't seem to figure this out on Ghost 15. How do I create a bootable DVD which allows me to burn the system into a DVD. I only have 1 USB portable DVD rom.
I need to be able to restore this "restore system image" when I feel like it - this is quite important.
Can anyone help me on how to do it.
04-15-2010 04:02 PM
If you bought it retail it is a bootable disk. If you bought it online then you get a link to the Ghost Recovery Disk.
When you boot to one of those you can run Ghost and make or restore images.
When you boot those disks, everything you need is loaded into memory so you can remove the disk and put in another one holding your image. Think of it as the first disk in your image set.
04-15-2010 08:46 PM
I did create the recovery disc. But I do not see an option to burn image or set image size to dvd. That is what is eluding me..I do appreciate your help.
04-15-2010 09:26 PM
I wouldn't know how to burn it directly to disk, I don't trust burned disks and it takes to long. I would much rather save to another partition or removable drive.
But after you select the location to store the backup, the next page lets you choose the compression and give a discription if you want. Push the "advanced button" on that page and you'll find an option to split the image. One of the choices is 4589MB thats about 4.5GB.
Also, if your back in windows you can double click an existing image and it opens in image explorer, you can then change the compression level and split it up and resave it if you want.
04-17-2010 10:16 PM
When I load the Symantec Recovery Disk. And choose the option Backup My Computer - It says "You have selected a CD drive. Writing to a CD is not supported in recovery environment".
Any suggestions on how to write to dvd. In old ghost versions, I was able to create bootable system images in DVD. It definitely was helpful.
04-18-2010 02:33 PM
Since you may not know how much space (how many DVD's) would be needed until you have the image would it not be easier and perhaps faster to make the image on a hard drive and then burn from that in a more direct way?
04-18-2010 04:44 PM
OK, maybe a dumb question.
But does the Ghost 15 recovery disk really have the ability to burn an image directly to a CD or DVD?
I always assumed it did because older versions of Ghost could but I don't have a burner on the system I have Ghost installed on and I don't see anything about it in the manual.
Has anyone done this?
04-20-2010 04:30 PM - edited 04-20-2010 04:31 PM
Yes you can burn an image direct to CD/DVD. You cannot create a cold image to a CD/DVD though. Something that might be what you're trying to do is create a bootable image. Ghost is not designed to do that.
Burning an image straight to CD/DVD is not the same as creating a bootable CD/DVD image with the recent versions of Ghost.
You might check out the Backup Exec System Recovery forum (https://forums.symantec.com) on how you might do a scripted restore as Ghost and BESR share the same engine. I unfortunately don't have any experience doing that.