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Steve Askew
20-08-2003, 10:01 AM
Hi all, I have now assembled my new PC with Windows XP Pro & I wish to make an image of my C:\ Partition, Either onto a spare HDD Via a removable caddy or onto a Cd/DVD so I can reinstall windows without having to go through all the drama when it becomes munted.
I have setup C:\ as NTFS.
Would I be better off if the C:\ patition was FAT32 ?
What program would be suitable to perform this task?
I have Ghost 2002,But unsure if it is up to the task?

Thanks in advance
Cheers Steve

Peter H
20-08-2003, 10:25 AM
How big is your C partition?
Bye

yang11
20-08-2003, 10:39 AM
install ghost2002 and update it as well.


you can create a boot floppy to do the drive image.

altenatively, you run ghost2002 wizard in w-xp

Babe Ruth
20-08-2003, 10:44 AM
Steve Askew,

The following Ghost KB article may help in explaining how to go about the process.
Ghost and XP (http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ghost.nsf/docid/1999070716282425)

Cheers, Babe.

Steve Askew
20-08-2003, 10:45 AM
My primary HDD is 60gb total & I have it partitioned C:\ 10Gb ntfs & D:\ is the remainder also ntfs
My second Hdd is 120 gb & partitioned into 4 drives,fat32

Starting from scratch EG: Changing partition size or file system is not a problem as I haven't installed many programs or reactivated windows yet.
I thought about creating an image last night after installing sp1 & having my computer start playing up,EG: some programs slowed right down & some ended up giving the message "this program is not responding".
I uninstalled sp1 & they seem to run fine.
I know there is no viirus involved as this PC has not been connected to the net yet & programs used have been virus checked.

Cheers Steve

Babe Ruth
20-08-2003, 10:54 AM
Steve Askew,

The Windows XP SP1 'slowdown' issue you have is resolved in one of the critical update patches available from the MS Windows Update site. WindowsUpdate (http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp)


Cheers, Babe.

Steve Askew
20-08-2003, 11:37 AM
> The Windows XP SP1 'slowdown' issue you have is
> resolved in one of the critical update patches
> available from the MS Windows Update site.
> WindowsUpdate (http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.
> sp)
>
>
> Cheers, Babe.

Thanks Babe I will do the updates once I get this drive image sorted out.

It seems that only ghost 2003 will create an image to an NTFS partition.
So the choice is to use fat32 & ghost 2002 or upgrade to Ghost 2003.

Cheers Steve

Peter H
20-08-2003, 11:38 AM
I have tried/used Ghost & drive image, but still prefer Nero HD Backup. Only caveat, it does not compress the image, and does not allow partial restore. In my case, the C partition is 2.38gb, and this fits on 4 Cd's. I have restored a few times with no problems at all - recently after fitting a second HD and formatting C by mistake!! It is a lot easier to use than the others - my opinion anyway.
Bye

Mzee
20-08-2003, 12:07 PM
I have been Ghosting XP since it first came out.
Keep your active primary partition as small as possible, about 3.5gb
Use 32fat as NTFS wastes a lot of space, and 32fat is easier to manage,
Your whole operating system should fit on 2 CDs. Install the Ghost Image files on another partition of your hard drive for easier access & updating. Now & again copy the Ghost files to CD's
Ghost will split the files into CD size portions, if told to do so.
I have never had Ghost fail yet! Using Partition Magic, you can reformat the partition & reinstall the system in less than 20 minutes.
Place the swap file on another partition & delete the file on 'C'
Disable system restore & delete any restore files. These files can accumulate. Empty Explorer Cache.

Mzee
20-08-2003, 12:20 PM
Add to my message above:-
The switch for Ghost command.
ghost -split=650 -autoname

Use High compression. The maximum file size on CD will be about 680mb with lead in and closure. Remember to close the CD's.

kiwibeat
20-08-2003, 02:08 PM
If using XP you need at least 5 gigs if not more for C:

SKT174
20-08-2003, 03:24 PM
Create a Ghost boot disk
Connect a 2nd HDD to your MB
Start your PC with that boot disk
Once started and inside Ghost
Choose
Local -> Partition -> To Image
Choose appropriate partition and destination (verify what u have chosen as choosing the wrong thing could lead to data lost)

and Proceed :)

Steve Askew
20-08-2003, 06:30 PM
> Create a Ghost boot disk
> Connect a 2nd HDD to your MB
> Start your PC with that boot disk
> Once started and inside Ghost
> Choose
> Local -> Partition -> To Image
> Choose appropriate partition and destination (verify
> what u have chosen as choosing the wrong thing could
> lead to data lost)
>
> and Proceed :)

Thanks for all the replys, I will install a removable hard drive caddy tomorrow & Ghost my C:\ onto a spare Hard drive I have.

Question: Will ghost 2002 Boot disk see my NTFS C:\ partition ? & will I need to use NTFS or FAT32 on the destination HDD or does it not matter?

Cheers Steve

Babe Ruth
20-08-2003, 06:36 PM
Steve Askew,

Yes Ghost will 'see' your NTFS partition.

To save any future trouble format the 2nd harddrive as FAT32

Babe.

Babe Ruth
20-08-2003, 06:38 PM
Steve Askew,

Yes Ghost will 'see' your NTFS partition.

To save any future hassles format the 2nd harddrive as FAT32

Babe.

Steve Askew
20-08-2003, 11:08 PM
> Steve Askew,
>
> Yes Ghost will 'see' your NTFS partition.
>
> To save any future hassles format the 2nd harddrive
> as FAT32
>
> Babe.

Yep i'll make sure destination drive is Fat32.

Thanks
Steve

Phar
21-08-2003, 09:18 AM
Dare I say it ?

This months APC Australian Personal Computer Magazine has quite a bit on trouble shooting items in it. Including Drive Image 5.0 and a few other useful programs.

Just thought you might be interested is all :)

Steve Askew
24-08-2003, 11:55 PM
Thanks for all the ideas & tips,After Re-activating XP I successfully ghosted an image to a spare HDD before installing service pack & programs.
My next mission is to create an image with service pack & programs installed.

Cheers Steve