Ghost – Step by Step

OK, after all that description, let’s actually run through the procedure of making an image. You’re looking at that menu and you want to make an image of your C drive for backup purposes. Navigate in the window to Local/Partition/To Image and hit Enter.


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At this point, you will get a screen on which to select the drive from which you want to make the image (as you can see, the computer I did this on shows 3 drives). You can navigate here using the arrow keys and hitting Enter when you have the appropriate drive highlighted. To select back if necessary, use the tab key.


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At this point, you will get a screen on which to select the partition from which you want to make the image (as you can see, the drive I used had 3 partitions). You can navigate here using the arrow keys and hitting Tab to OK when you have the appropriate partition highlighted. To select back if necessary, use the tab key. Hit Enter on the OK key.


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After you have gone through all of that, up comes the opportunity to say: “Hey, put that image HERE!” I actually find that this screen is easiest to navigate with the tab and arrow keys, even if I have the mouse available. Use the tab to jump from field to field and the arrow keys to navigate within a field. If you are using 6.5 or later (2001 for PE) you can select your CD burner if it is supported. When you have typed in the File Name, hit Enter. Do not try the Parent button!


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Now, depending on the space available where you suggested, you will get a screen asking about compression. I always choose High, but you can choose whatever you like. I have not had any problems with High, but maybe I am lucky.


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Finally it will ask to confirm “Dump” and after you click OK, it will make the image. Simply wait for it to finish, quit Ghost (Check the Image first if you so desire), remove the floppy from the drive and press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to reboot.

That’s it! You’ve made your image on a hard drive! To restore, you follow the same procedures, but choose Partition From Image, and choose the Ghost Image first, with the appropriate partition as the place to restore to.

Now, I mentioned making Ghost Images which I burn to CDs. This requires using the -SPLIT switch to restrict the image segments so they will fit on a CD. The additional procedure is simple. Instead of typing ghost at the A:> prompt, I type ghost/split=600 (ghostpe/split=600 for personal edition) – this works for me, but you may need to use ghost.exe -split=600 (ghostpe.exe -split=600 for personal edition) – which will force Ghost to split the image into 600mb segments. At this point you might want to go into Options and check those spanning and autorename choices. You still make the images on your hard drive, and as Ghost finishes each segment, it will pop up asking for the next media. Just hit Enter and it will continue on. When it is complete, reboot to Windows and burn the images to CD (make sure you label them in order). Do not use DirectCD or a similar program to burn the images to CD. Use EZCD or Nero, etc. Also, I recommend you burn to a CD-R. To restore, you simply point Ghost at the image on the CD (if you are using a Win98 EBD, you should have access to the CD drive).

One more feature in Ghost, and a fairly new one, is “Ghost Explorer.” This program allows you to look at the contents of a Ghost image and delete from it if you so desire. So if you made that image with your Temp file full, well, use Ghost Explorer to empty it.

 

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