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Kudos0

Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

hi guys, just bought ghost 15 and installed it today, 

my hdd has 4 partitions on it, all standard stuff (hidden recovery, win7-100mb boot hidden, Win7-OS, Data)

Ghost backed up these 4 partitions like this on my external drive:

MSI.sv2i

MSI_BIOS_RVY0-1_Drive.v2i = the standard MSI recovery partition (hidden, no drive letter)  

MSI_System0-2_Drive.v2i = the special win 7 boot partition (100mb, also hidden, needed for boot)

MSI_C_Drive.v2i = OS_Install

MSI_D_Drive.v2i = Data partition

Ghost backed up all 4 partitions, i can see the v2i files on my external drive. But when i went to recover my computer, Ghost didn't show me the MSI_System0-2_Drive.v2i partition in the list and in fact did not recover it at all ! 

1) i opened the MSI.sv2i with a text editor and i can see the name of the partition in it MSI_System0-2_Drive.v2i (attached the file here for programmers to verify this)

2) i loaded the file MSI_System0-2_Drive.v2i in the Recovery Point Browser and i see 2 folders: Boot and System Volume Information and 1 file bootmgr.

So it looks like a valid backup file and the backup set looks complete. 

But after recovering, at each reboot i'm shown the windows repair menu but can still boot in windows, just fyi.

The partition is indeed missing.

i even tried with the downloadable iso i found in the knowledge base: NGH1501_AllWin_English_SrdOnly.iso

i'm only doing tests but i hope there's a fix for this in a future liveupdate. if something were to happen i'd like to trust that i can recover my computer exactly how it was at backup with all partitions and recover them intact with the partition alignment as before.

i'm using Ghost 15.0.1.36526 on Windows 7 - 64bits.

Let me know if you need more info.

Cheers

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Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

If Ghost has copied all 4 partitions then in the "recovery Point Browser" all 4 .v2i files will be listed.

Run a quick validation (Verify) using the browser and the 100 mb and small recovery partition then recover each partition in the correct order one at a time.

We had a similar post to this the other day and I always highlight all partitions to recover and have no problems but some people do as BrianK pointed out.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Hi Deric, thanks for replying,

>If Ghost has copied all 4 partitions then in the "recovery Point Browser" all 4 .v2i files will be listed.

yes they are all 4 in the backup folder.

>Run a quick validation (Verify) using the browser and the 100 mb

i verified all the files twice, once manually by double-clicking in explorer and again by going through norton ghost tools "run recovery browser",

All valid. but the interesting  thing is when i run the recov browser from ghost's tools, it asks if i want to open the set, i click ok, but only 3 partitions are displayed ! 

i backed up all 4 in 1 go, it should show them all in that same set.

even the .sv2i file has the missing file in it. 

so its a bug int he recov procedure. and considering its that specific boot partition, which would break the normal booting process each time, asking if i want to boot windows or go in the repair tool, every time, its just not a true recovery yunno?

and i don't have a windows cd to repair it, so don't suggest it plz. 99% of computers don't come with one, all we get is a recovery partition and we have to make due with that. its the reality of today.

if it were my data partition i wouldnt mind as much recovering windows 1st then booting in it and using ghost in it to recover the rest (still not the best idea but better than what i have now) atleast i could use my external on usb 3 port instead of just usb2 (something in the bios i think) but that's not the case.

>and small recovery partition then recover each partition in the correct order one at a time.

that is precicelly the problem.

if i would want to recover my computer i'd have to do the 1st partition alone, recover the 100mb (and is this where i'd have to "edit" and change the options there and which ones, mbr too? Too complicated, so many steps guys !)

Then the other 2 partitions in a 3rd process.

Not only that but there's some incompatibility with the cd in my blueray on the laptop that makes the booting process alone with the recovery cd take 10minutes to load.

>We had a similar post to this the other day and I always highlight all partitions to recover and have no problems but some people do as BrianK pointed out.

good to know that Symantec is aware of the problem.

Hope there's a fix in the works?

Thanks,

R

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

rd1,

Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management? That should help us in deciding what has happened.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

sure, where do i find that?

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

do you mean from the windows installation i just backed up with ?

i simulated a crash by deleting all partitions,

is there a specific file or set of files you want? i can access the backup files from here

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

If you right click on "My Computer" icon and click on "Manage" then "Disk Management" that will show the info we need to see.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Yes, the system that has the missing 100 MB System Reserved Partition.

You right click Computer, Manage, Disk Management.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

sure, here it is

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this is from my SSD before i backed it up.

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Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

when i practiced the recovery on another drive, the 100mb just wasn't included in the set, so the Os_install was fully expanded to cover the 100mb that it would've taken.

i can go through the recovery process again to get you that screen shot too if that's what you meant.

oh and here's a screenshot of the recov browser so you can see the partition is indeed missing from it.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?


rd1 wrote:

i can go through the recovery process again to get you that screen shot too if that's what you meant.


Can you repeat what you did the first time where you had...

MSI.sv2i

MSI_BIOS_RVY0-1_Drive.v2i = the standard MSI recovery partition (hidden, no drive letter)  

MSI_System0-2_Drive.v2i = the special win 7 boot partition (100mb, also hidden, needed for boot)

MSI_C_Drive.v2i = OS_Install

MSI_D_Drive.v2i = Data partition

And restore as you did before.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Looks like 4 healthy partitions and 1 unallocated,I think the 100 mb srp is in the wrong position,and 2 of them could be merged.

It looks a bit messy to me we will have to rely on BrianK and DaveH to sort this one out.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

What i did was remove my SSD, put in my WD scorpio (test disc), used my msi recovery dvds i made when i got the laptop.

so now i was up and running with a fresh install. i had these partitions you see in the screenshot in my previous post.

so i installed ghost (liveupdated it too) on that freshly installed windows and backed it all up, like anyone would.

Then since its just a test hdd, i deleted all 4 partitions. 

now if i recover you won't see the 100mb but you'll see os_install next to bios_rvy.

i can show you that if you want.

ps:  we really need a full disc backup not just selecting partitions 1 by 1. i did check the hidden drives otherwise the bios_rvy wouldnt be backed up either. logical since its hidden too.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Just to clarify what you are saying, when you got the laptop you had 5 partitions on Disk 0 or was it 4?

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

what you see in the windows disc management screenshot is the original installation. 

norton ghost backed up all 4 partitions. but can't recover the 100mb one, which is win7's memory test and emergency boot partition.

ps: we need a full disc backup options not just seperate partitions and click a box to show hidden ones.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Disk 0 partitions should have been showing as follows:-

P1 = 100mb, P2 = C: P3 = D: and P4 = Recovery, in that order and if you used Ghost to backup the partitions you will see those 4 .v2i files in the backup folder placed on to your external drive plus the 5 file (sv2i.) produced with a "Hot" backup.

Just bear with me It might seem obvious to you but we need to know exactly what you have done to make it clear to BrianK and DaveH when they are back on the case.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

hi derec,

>Disk 0 partitions should have been showing as follows:- P1 = 100mb, P2 = C: P3 = D: and P4 = Recovery, 

sorry but i don't think all computer vendors work like that, "should" or not. it is their product. and it is actually smart to have the recovery partition placed 1st, if you want to expand your other partitions later on, you can easily wihtout moving that 10gb of data, reducing wear on your ssd and/or hdd.

if ghost was expecting them to be in that order, that's not always going to happen. you just have to adapt for every possible situation.

Actually, the order of partitions is not important at all, ghost needs to back them up and recover them exactly as they are for a successfull recovery later.

including setting mbr, bootable partition etc etc, the whole kit'n'caboodle when in recovery mode.

thanks for understanding, we'll wait for a fix and give it another try.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

ps: let me know if there's testing needing to be done for this issue.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

You can probably tell that I am not into "complicated" partitions and laptops, I just stick with the desktop versions and simple drive arrangements.

I prepare my drives from scratch and install the O/Ss, for example on my multiboot machine disk 0 is partitioned into 4 and each one has an O/S (XP, Vista, Win7 and Win7(2). I highlight all 4 partitions together and run the backup, I recover in the same way, highlight all 4 and recover, see pic.

Ghost will recover them all in order without any failures and I have to do that on a regular basis when testing.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

I haven't looked at your pictures. Please use the button to insert pictures in a post.

There are a couple of possible problems. One is a bug in Ghost 15 that switches the partition order when you do a recovery. You must make sure they are listed in the same order that they originally were in Disk Management.

The second is probably not affecting you. When you have more than one harddrive, Windows 7 does not always give it the same number. If the drive has a letter, no problem. If there is no letter assigned (SRP) and Windows assigns a different disk number Ghost will not back it up as an incremental. Of course, it shouldn't matter for the SRP because it rarely changes.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

that''s a fine way of doing things Derec, to each their own. msi made their recovery that way,  and i don't wan to mess up anything on it, it just complicates things more for me when comes crunch time to actually recover in case of catastrophic failure.

This is a brand spankin new gaming laptop and i'd rather just enjoy my new toy as it is. i've done tech support and computer repair tour of duty for a long time, i'm just a normal user in this part of life, enjoying his new toy ;)

i just use ghost to backup my whole machine so i don't have to stress about it if "the inevitable" happens. plop the cd in (or usbkey/drive) and recover. Then Let's rock ! 

ps: i saw the N.D.A. agreement from Tony weiss - where do i sign ?


You can email me a link if youguys need alpha testing for a fix.

pps Redk: thanks for the info about the picture icon.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

I can't figure out how your getting all the other partitions to show up in the recovery point browser in post #10

I assume your opening the .sv2i file with the image browser and it's showing the same behavior as when you restore the images with the SRP missing?

Thats interesting, I never use the .sv2i file and this system doesn't have a file association for it.

Dave

edit- I'm also guessing the boot folder on the C drive is from the attempted repairs.  I know this doesn't help figure out whats going wrong but personally if I were never to use bitlocker I would just add bootmgr, make the partition active, run the startup repair again and be rid of the silly SRP.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

hi dave, thanks for joinging in

>I can't figure out how your getting all the other partitions to show up in the recovery point browser in post #10

ok here's how:

plug your external drive with the backups on it

launch ghost

go in tools

click recovery point browser

it will start and show you the recent backups you made

click one and click ok.

here's a screenie: 

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

here is the result of opening that recovery point as an image:

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

I may have missed it in an earier post but if you boot the SRD and go through the motions to do a restore, do you see all of the v2i files for each partition?

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

We really need to see Disk Management of the system where you felt the SRP hadn't been restored. Without Disk Management you can't tell what partitions are present or absent. If the SRP wasn't restored, Win7 wouldn't have booted and it did boot.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?


rd1 wrote:

*** Snip***

ps: i saw the N.D.A. agreement from Tony weiss - where do i sign ?


You can email me a link if you guys need alpha testing for a fix.



What's an N.D.A. agreement?

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

@redk9258: when using the srd i only see the same 3 partitions. same thing as in windows.

N.D.A is this: Non-Disclosure Agreement for Alpha Testing

brian_k wrote: "We really need to see Disk Management of the system where you felt the SRP hadn't been restored. "


@brian_k: Sure thing, i'll have one in a bit...


Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Brian, it is in message 9

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Deric, that is prior to backup. I'm interested in Disk Management of the restored images.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

rd1

try sending Tony Weiss a PM.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

rd1,

I agree with DaveH, it seems that you may have messed up when using that MSI recovery DVDs, if you want to use Ghost for your main recovery, like Dave said get rid of the SRP and recovery partition.

That is what I was trying to get at with the questions I was asking in the earlier posts.

In post 9 your disk management is showing 5 partitions and there should only be 4 one is unallocated so I think it is the MSI disk recovery that has messed it up.

If you are sure that the original backup files are valid I would be inclined to sort out the partitions on disk 0 and recover one partition at a time.

Also if you can revert back to the original setup and run another backup, preferable a "One Time Back" would be better and then start again.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?


DStain wrote:

In post 9 your disk management is showing 5 partitions and there should only be 4 one is unallocated so I think it is the MSI disk recovery that has messed it up.



Deric,

There are 4 partition slots in the MBR so 4 primary partitions can be created. One of the primary partitions can be an Extended Partition and it can contain multiple Logical Volumes. Only one Extended Partition is allowed per HD. Before creating partitions on a HD you have Unallocated Space. Unallocated means there is no partition allocated to that space. As the partitions are created the amount of Unallocated Space reduces. With efficient partitioning you may completely eliminate Unallocated Space but you might deliberated leave Unallocated Space on a HD to allow later resizing of partitions. If you try to create a partition in Unallocated Space on a HD with 4 primary partitions, you are prevented from doing so as all primary partition slots are in use.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Brian,

thanks for explaining how it works with unallocated space on a drive, to some of us it is not that obvious.

That is another one for the bookmark for future reference.

Deric

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Hey guys, sorry for the lateness of the reply, i redid the whole process, from fresh install to ghost backup to restore, took a bunch of screens and pix, i'll just post the relevant ones:

1 dscmgmt with ghost 15.1.jpg before backup, notice it has autoselected the 2 boot partitions only, i clicked backup my computer, not everything would get backed up in this case. When i say my computer i meant he whole drive, all partitions.This is not what you expect when you say backup my whole computer.

2 dscmgmt before backup with ghost151.jpg , so i select the whole drive myself (all 4 partitions)

Notice the drive details say : *:\, *:\, C:\, D:\ 

skipping the rest and going to the end of the backup

7 backup successfull.jpg

9 showing Recovery point content window before rebooting and gparted.

10 valid recovery point but missing hidden system partition.PNG


gparted before partition deletion.

The restore part

i booted the SRD (took 10mins, some incompatibility with my bdrom i guess, but the dvd i made with NGH1501_AllWin_English_SrdOnly.iso found on this forum works fast)

Here's this backup's content, same as in Windows a couple pix above. i purposely did not change any boot options in this edit window, choosing to "let ghost handle things on its own". we'll see how good of an idea that turns out to be...


another view (edit target)

almost done...

I didn't check any option before restore on purpose. so it gave me a chance to revisit an old friend, PQBOOT (boy that takes me back, lol)

ok so the restore got finished, now booting... that's another problem, the windows partition did not have all its necesary files and caused ths usual windows boot manager error message. the performance was also very atrocious, i couldn't move a single window on screen without choppyness. hey this is an hdd after all.

anyway, here is the result of this failed recovery:

20 dscmgmt AFTER restore.PNG

Ok so as you can see, there is a problem and it seems the recovery side can't read the sv2i file properly or the backup side didn't write it proper. but i attached the file to this post so you can analyse it.

Even ghost in Windows 7 did not see the 100mb system partition but it is in the sv2i file (attached for your convenience).

So there you have it, the whole process. I hope it was informative.

Let me know if you need anything.

File Attachment: 
Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Derec, how could i have messed up?

dude its 3 recovery dvds made by msi's recovery program. You put the dvd in, you click "restore my computer to factory settings" and its automated, wiping everything on the whole drive.

Nothing i can edit or change, basically you just sit there waiting for it to eject the cd and put the 2nd one in, then 3rd and reboot you're done.

Haven't you ever owned a dell, hp, etc computer ?

And 2nd,fyi, Windows 7 installs it like that when the hard drive has no partition premade by the user, it does this on its own. its part of its own setup.

if you want win7 installed in only 1 partition  then you can make your own partition and it will respect that setup.

And Brian is right about the mbr, only 4 primary discs can be made with it. that's why they have come up with a new system called GPT for big terabyte discs, look it up.

cheers, 

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

In Disk Management the labels are not shown on the 2 drives that do not have drive letters. I wonder if that has something to do with Ghost skipping the 100MB SRP.  I wonder if you could give them a label in Disk Management.  Can you run a one time backup of the 100MB SRP? Does it work?

Ghost is very sensitive to partition errors. Brian or Dave might have you run PartInfo located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Ghost\Utility\. It will create a text file that you can attach to a post here.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

it was backed up as you can see in pictures 7 and 9 above.

it is also present in the sv2i file, i opened it with notepad++ and searched for the name MSI_System0-2_Drive001.v2i

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

>In Disk Management the labels are not shown on the 2 drives that do not have drive letters. I wonder if that has something to do with Ghost skipping the 100MB SRP.  I wonder if you could give them a label in Disk Management.  Can you run a one time backup of the 100MB SRP? Does it work?

Let me get back to you on that one...

>Ghost is very sensitive to partition errors. Brian or Dave might have you run PartInfo located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Ghost\Utility\. It will create a text file that you can attach to a post here.

do you mean on the failed recovered disc or the fresh installed ?

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

rd1,

That was an incredibly helpful post. Thanks for all the hard work.

First, as you point out Ghost does partition image/restores and not entire drive restore. I never try to restore more than one partition at a time. You only need to boot into the SRD once and then restore the images one at a time in the correct order. Each restore needs different options anyway. For example, the SRP is the Active partition so it needs the Set Active option. None of the other restores should use this option.

I don't use or trust multi-image restores and you have presented further information on why they shouldn't be used.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Thanks Brian, i appreciate that

1 partition at a time is good if you like to control the whole process, but its way too many steps for the average bear , guess i'm just getting lazy lol


Yunno how it is when you get a new toy, this new lappy is for gaming and i just want to have fun with it, not spend hours figuring how it should be set up and all that, i'm trust msi knows what they're doing and i think they do it pretty well.

Check it out its an MSI GT780DXR , Core i7 2670QM, 16GB ram, Nvidia GTX570m 1920x1080, Crucial M4 128gb SSD (boots in 9seconds flat!) , steelseries keyboard backlit (all colors) and Razer Naga mouse.

if i was typing this up on it,  i'd be done by now lol !

All kidding aside, in a bigger picture sense for me, an all drive back up is the essential thing so that 20-30mins after i put in a new drive i can get back online and on with my life ;)

Cheers !

RD

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

rd1,

In reality I only image one partition. So only one restore. I've removed the SRP and the booting files are in the Win7 partition. I always delete the restore partition (I've my own backup images) so that's another partition I don't have to backup. I have a data partition so no data files are stored in the OS partition. This keeps the OS image small. The data partition is backed up with non imaging software and it is a fast synchronizing backup. A few minutes for hundreds of GB of data.

I'd do hundreds of OS restores for software issues for every restore due to HD failure. So a typical restore for me is just restoring the small OS image. Several minutes at the most. If I had a HD failure I'd simply restore the OS image to a new HD, create a data partition and restore the data using the data backup app. Pretty simple.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?


rd1 wrote:

All kidding aside, in a bigger picture sense for me, an all drive back up is the essential thing so that 20-30mins after i put in a new drive i can get back online and on with my life ;)


I'm not overly concerned about HD failures. Every 3 to 5 years on average. I'm covered. But I'd have the OS up and running on a new HD in 10 minutes. Copying the data onto the new HD could be done "tomorrow".

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

>The data partition is backed up with non imaging software and it is a fast synchronizing backup. A few minutes for hundreds of GB of data.

Sounds fast, you just use a sync program for that? over network or external directly attached to your computer?


Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

Backing up to a second internal HD. The few minutes is to sync new or changed data,

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

with usb 3 there's no point in using an internal anymore, tested with my SSD and the transfer speeds are up there with sata 3

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

rd1,


rt1 wrote

Haven't you ever owned a Dell pc and how could I have messed up


Sorry couldn't get copy paste to work this morning ,

No I haven't owned a Dell because I prefer to build my own for obvious reasons,

but really my comments are thoughts on paper trying to understand what has gone wrong, it's a process of elimination that you would normally do if you popped round to help out a mate.

What I have done though is run a backup of my daughter's Dell laptop with a drive configuration similar to yours but have not tried a recovery yet.

I am as interested as all concerned to find out what has gone wrong and learn from it.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

I haven't read all the latest posts yet but what I could see from the comments about multi partition restores I can honestly say that I do it all the time on average once a fortnight and because my drives are simple basic drives or partitions I haven't had a problem.

Having said that I will have to recover my daughter's laptop partitions one at a time in light of problems thrown up in this thread.

I can remember Dave and Brian saying to me many moons ago to restore one at a time but when I look at the setup in the Ghost UI it states "Select one or more drives to backup" and as  tester that is what you do.

It is a different kettle of fish when you are doing a "Drive Copy" using the "Copy/Restore" method but that is another story.

Using Ghost 12 predominately there hasn't been a problem but Ghost 15 there was and this was documented a long time ago.

There are a number of issues with Ghost 15 that need addressing when the new version is released for testing in the field.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

rd1,

I have to apologize on this one because it wasn't till I viewed all the pics that I realized that you are now using the "Image/Restore" option to recover to another drive, your WD Scorpio 500 gig.

I have got lost in the terminology,my interpretation is as follows:-  to "reimage" is to restore to the original drive, to "Image-Restore" is to restore to a different drive.(Drive Copy) Right?

Looking at your pics message 35 you are doing an "Image-Restore" to another target drive your WD Scorpio 500 gig and it is that Image (created with the MIS DVDs) that your are now backing up to test a recovery to.

(takes me a while for the penny to drop)

Can you therefore run another backup of the original drive and try a rename as RedK suggested and then check if they are all there in the folder on the external drive. If you have ticked Verify in setup there will be no need to validate them.

Did you prepare the "Scorpio" for the image transfer because that has to be done properly as in This Post and then use the new 4 .v2i files created and placed in the external drive folder.

These files Must be restored individually because this is not a "Computer Recovery" it is a "Drive Copy".

My apologies if I have got it wrong again.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

hi deric,

thanks for going above and beyond (at home) with this, but rest assured the bug also happens in the Windows version of ghost aswell, not just the boot cd.

The 4 partitions do get backed up, they just don't show up int he restore process both in ghost in windows and on the boot cd.

And yes, as i've said before i can backup that 100mb partition properly on its own or as part a full computer backup.

Please swap out the laptop's drive for the restore, we don't want to mess anything up on her drive.

And you can stay in winGhost after the backup is done and just open that backup straight from Ghost's Tool Tab and then launch Recovery Point Browser from there (screen 9) . you'll see it only has 3 partitions, the 100mb missing.

it will show you the list and point to the latest backup which you can then open and see for yourself before rebooting with the boot cd.

As for preping my target hdd, its all in my screens, i used gparted, did it by the book as they say.

Just to be clear, there is no "drive copy" going on its a full backup and restore, just like anyone would do.

i clicked on backup my computer and expected it to do so without leaving anything out, so i selected the other bios_rvy and data partition myself.

then backed it all up, and then gparted the drive, then recover my computer. 

So since its meant to be a full backup and restore, i'd say something isn't working right if it doesn't recover my computer like it was, just recovering some partitions is not a "recover my computer"  successful complete restore. i know oyu like to do it partition by partition, but i prefer to keep my stuff the same way the laptop company set it up.

I believe the term "computer" in "backup my computer" and "recover my computer" means all encompassing, ie: to have a fully functionning computer, like it was before without anything missing. As my computer clearly was meant to have a 1 stop backup solution for anyone not familiar with partitions and refers to the whole unit, the whole kit'ncaboodle. not just the windows boot drive. that would be a major flaw if that were the case.

i think ghost can do a better job of fully backing up/restoring my computer to its fully working state. lets not nitpick the terms here, people want to be assured the whole thing will work after the restore is done and it be done simple manner without setting up options or having to go trhough it 10 times for 10 partitions.

i'll see if i can rename that 100mb partition and back it up... i'll get back to you on that.

Kudos0

Re: Ghost15: missing boot partition on win7 64 ?

oh and sorry to confuse you with all that SSD talk, i am doing the full backup and restore only from the WD scorpio. the ssd is safely out of my computer in a static bag for the whole thing.

i don't wanna mess up my good working windows installation just for some tests obviously ;)

still waiting on the other backup program to finish restoring the whole drive so i can do that system partition rename and backup test.

althought like i said it gets backed up fine wihtout a label, it just doesn't get restored or even seen in ghost (win and cd).

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