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Aporosa
24-05-2004, 09:34 AM
I have a new (external USB) DVD writer for my Acer laptop. Do you know if there is a programme out there that will allow me to create a bootable DVD so I can make an image of my harddrive so if it melts, I can reload it and everything (including configurations etc) will be as it was when the disc was made. BUT, is there an easier programme to use than Ghost as I once tried to use it but its fiddly & difficult. Is there and easy to use programme??

Jen C
24-05-2004, 10:04 AM
What version of Ghost did you have? The latest 2003 has a nice easy to follow graphical wizard that makes performing a backup quite easy.

Symantec bought the rights to another Drive Imaging program called Drive Image (http://www.symantec.com/driveimage/). I don't know how much user friendly this is compared with Ghost.

Since you wish to create a DVD on an external USB drive, you will need to have Ghost 2003. Previous versions do not support this.



Cloning to or from a USB hard drive or other external device
Symantec Ghost 8.0 and Norton Ghost 2003
Symantec Ghost 8.0 and Norton Ghost 2003 support USB 1.1 and USB 2 connections for cloning operations that work with an external storage device such as an external USB hard drive.

For this type of cloning operation, use a Ghost Virtual Partition or the Ghost "USB Devices" bootable floppy disk. The option "USB Devices" is available only in the Symantec Ghost 8.0 and Norton Ghost 2003 versions of the Ghost Boot Wizard.

Some problems using USB and FireWire in Norton Ghost 2003 were resolved in the November 1, 2002 update to Ghost. To prevent these problems, run LiveUpdate to update Norton Ghost 2003 to the latest version. Read the document Updates to Norton Ghost 2003. These problems are not present in Symantec Ghost 8.0.

Earlier Ghost versions
Norton Ghost 2002, Symantec Ghost 7.5, and earlier Ghost versions do not support cloning over a USB connection to an external storage device.


Ghost compatibility with external USB devices (http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ghost.nsf/docid/2000101617144125?Open&src=sg&docid=2002030414141625&nsf=ghost.nsf&view=8f7dc138830563c888256c2200662ecd/49b7903f7f3f514788256b72007a324c?opendocument∏=nor ton%20ghost&ver=2003%20for%20windows%202000/nt/me/98&dtype=∏=Norton%20Ghost&ver=2003%20for%20Windows%202000/NT/Me/98/XP&osv=&osv_lvl=)

Jen C
24-05-2004, 10:10 AM
*Sigh* - I quote the wrong section from that page :8}

This is the appropriate section:
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Cloning to or from an external CD drive
Symantec Ghost 8.0 and Norton Ghost 2003 support USB 1.1 and USB 2 connections for cloning operations for CD drives that are on the Symantec supported list. For information on this list, read the document Ghost 2003 compatibility with CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD drives.

Norton Ghost 2002, Symantec Ghost 7.5, and earlier Ghost versions do not support cloning over a USB connection to an external CD drive.

You will need to confirm that your DVD drive is compatible - Read this (http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ghost.nsf/docid/2002030414141625?Open&src=sg&docid=2000101617144125&nsf=ghost.nsf&view=docid/2000101617144125?open&src=sg&docid=2002030414141625&nsf=ghost.nsf&view=8f7dc138830563c888256c2200662ecd/49b7903f7f3f514788256b72007a324c?opendocument%e2%8 8%8f=norton%20ghost&ver=2003%20for%20windows%202000/nt/me/98&dtype=%e2%88%8f=norton%20ghost&ver=2003%20for%20windows%202000/nt/me/98&dtype=%e2%88%8f=norton%20ghost∏=&ver=2003%20for%20windows%202000/nt/me/98&osv=&osv_lvl=)

kiwibeat
24-05-2004, 12:08 PM
I have Drive Image 2002 that does the job on 98SE use it all the time easy as to use as well have Ghost as well but never needed to use it .
mail me if you need more help