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Kudos0

Blank harddrive recovery

This is a follow up thread from Tech Outpost.  I have a Toshiba L55-S5153 Laptop, on which the harddrive failed.  When I purchased the PC, I created those Recovery DVD's.  Now that I need them, I've found they do not work???  I've also created several backups using Ghost, I think the latest version was 15.  I removed that defective harddrive and installed a new harddrive.  This new harddrive is blank and since you do not get any media, with new PC's now-a-days, I'm at a loss.  I've tried several Norton Bootable Recovery Disk, but all they seem to want to do is to Restore my PC to an earlier date.  There are no restore points on this blank harddrive. 

 How can I recover my PC, from my Ghost backups, if I can't load Ghost?  I can't load Ghost because I don't have an operating system on that drive.  Seems like a catch 22.

  I could sure use some fixes before I pull the rest of my hair out.

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Kudos0

Re: Blank harddrive recovery

If you have the original Ghost 15 install disk it also contains the means to recover your drive using a Ghost image. I just did a full drive image recovery after the Win10, v1607 install this past week using a spare HD as the target and it worked fine. You just have to put the install CD in the drive and during boot, tell the PC to load from that drive. It will open and you tell it you want to recover a drive in the options given. If you have a good image(s) it should be displayed. You may have to navigate to the location where your images are stored. I assume they are either on a secondary HD or an external HD which would have to be connected.

So assuming you have a good image and the install disk, you should be able to restore it to the new HD.

Kudos0

Re: Blank harddrive recovery

Thank you for your suggestion, PhxFlyer, but I've tried using several of the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool CD's I created and my Ghost 15 install CD (I even tried to install my old Ghost 14 install CD), but they both seem to only be looking for a restore point.  I don't have any restore points, because they were on that old drive that crashed.  When I try to boot the Ghost 15 CD, it brings up a screen with four or five options on the left side.  None of them seemed to help.  I wish I could find a way to install Ghost, so I could recover my backup files which should bring my PC back to operating condition.  My latest attempt, was to install Linux Mint, which has a program that mimics Windows.  It is called Wine and I hope I can install Ghost to Wine and then recover my backups. 

 Thank you again for your suggestion, I wish it would have worked for me...

Kudos0

Re: Blank harddrive recovery

Sorry I can't see what you're seeing, but with the Ghost 15 CD in the boot drive, you should see the option to "recover your computer". Click on that and you should see the recovery points that you created. Choose the one you want restored and follow the prompts. I'm again assuming you saved the recovery points on another internal or external HD or DVD. If for some reason you saved them to the drive that crashed, there's not much you can do.

Here's the link to the Ghost 15 manual. http://us.norton.com/support/productdetail/manuals.jsp?pvid=nghost_15

You want Chapter 14. I hope this works for you. You may have to download it to a working tablet or PC. I tired to upload it also. Not sure how that will work here. See file attachment below. Don't worry about scanning for viruses. Your problem is a dead drive that you replaced.

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Kudos0

Re: Blank harddrive recovery

I'm sorry but do you have Ghost images (restore points)?

You need the image files to restore your system, hopefully you have them on a working hard drive or are they on the DVD's you created?

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Blank harddrive recovery

Confused.... Just to be sure we're on the same page, why do you think you need to reinstall Ghost to recover your computer? And are you confusing Windows "restore" points with Ghost "recovery" points? Windows restore points won't recover a crashed C drive. They are not a disk image. But if you intended to have Ghost create recovery points (a disk image) to recover a broken C drive, then you probably had them saved on another drive or you were defeating the purpose of using Ghost in the first place... that being to "recover" from a HD failure. (A little redundant.. sorry)

So like DaveH said, if you have the recovery points you say you created with Ghost on a working HD and you have the Ghost install CD, that's all you need. You can't recover a C drive from inside the operating system. You have to do it during boot and in the Ghost recovery environment.

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