Delivered the Radified Dell last night. Sad to see 'er go. I poured lots of RAD love into that puppy. But it's satisfying to know it found a good home, where it'll get plenty of attention from its new owner.
Last thing I did before running it over there was to create 3 separate back-up Ghost images (in case they accidentally destroy something). One image went to a dedicated partition on the hard disk. The second was saved to CD-R (took nine 80-minute discs). The last image I backed-up to DVD.
This computer has one of those new-fangled double-density DVD burners. So I used a double-density DVD disc, which supports a capacity of 8.5 gigs. (Lot of space.) I tell ya, the hardest part of this whole computer job was unwrapping that dang DVD disc. I couldn't get the stupid wrapper off the jewel case.
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Finally, after finding a sharp, pointy knife, I managed to slice off the dang wrapper. So I pop in the DVD disc (2.4X) and fire up Ghost (v2003) .. and Ghost starts burning the image .. and it keeps going & going & going .. all on this one disc.
45 minutes later, it's finally done. Nearly 7 gigs on one disk: the whole system drive, fit on one bootable DVD. Pretty impressive. I'd never seen so much data on one removable disc before. And heck, there was room for more! Not bad for six buck$.
I didn't know Ghost supported dual-layer DVDs. I even verified the image (which took another 45 minutes) and it passed the integrity check. There's something satisfying about being able to hold a single bootable disc that contains your whole system drive and all its installed programs .. with everything configured just the way you want.
If the hard drive ever dies, simply replace the dead drive and pop in the bootable DVD. Less than an hour later, you're back in business. And you're stoked, knowing you don't have to start from scratch.
I updated the Ghost guide to include this info about supporting dual-layer DVDs.
Google search for query: Norton Ghost dual-layer DVD discs
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