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Recovery point changes data?
Nov 18th, 2006 at 5:55am
 
After a crash I decided to buy Norton Ghost 10 to simplify a new installation.
I stumbled on your forum while searching for help in scheduling a Back-up. Some posts by Brian where a great help.
I made a Recovery point and scheduled recovery points.
After 2 days I had a problem with an installation of a program that I wanted to undo.
So I went back to my recovery point.
I am used to working with the Windows XP recovery points and expected my documents to remain unchanged. However the Norton recovery changed all my documents as well.
I lost 2 days work and all the mails in my Outlook.
What did I do wrong?
Problem is that my hard disk is not partitioned.
I would like to try to start all over and partition my hard disk. Could I do this and reinstall everything with my Norton Ghost?
 
 
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Re: Recovery point changes data?
Reply #1 - Nov 18th, 2006 at 8:52am
 
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Problem is that my hard disk is not partitioned.

I think you have answered your own question--unless your *data* is on a different partition, a restore of an image will take everything on that partition back to the date that image was last taken.

If you create a second partition for data, and move *My Documents* to that second non-OS partition--then you can restore your OS partition without effecting your data partition!

You must not have set Ghost 10 up to *automatically* create *incremental* backups more often--then you would have captured your data up to the point of the last incremental backup!
 

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Reply #2 - Nov 18th, 2006 at 9:44am
 
Yep that's what I tought.  Symantec suggests buying MagicPartitioner but I would prefer not to do that.
Could I reformat my hard disk creating partitions and then use Norton Ghost to put everything on one partition?
Could I then move all data to the second partition?
Have never worked with partitions could I find help here somewhere?
 
 
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Reply #3 - Nov 18th, 2006 at 10:14am
 
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You must have a second HDD installed, or using an external HDD to store your Ghost image--and using the Ghost Recovery Disk to restore your OS partition?

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Could I reformat my hard disk creating partitions and then use Norton Ghost to put everything on one partition?
Could I then move all data to the second partition?

A novel idea--had not thought of using Ghost in that way--but should work fine!  What tool do you plan on using for partitioning?

Here's another novel plan for using Ghost: 
El cheapo partition resizing

Dan Goodell's reply #3 suggests a free linux-based substitute for PartitionMagic.

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Have never worked with partitions could I find help here somewhere?

There are many threads in the forum about partitioning--for example:

Partitioning Help, Dual Booting


And other resources:

Radified Partitioning Strategies


PLANNING YOUR PARTITIONS
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Reply #4 - Nov 18th, 2006 at 12:35pm
 
Thanks will start learning something about partitioning and then have a go at it. If it works I will let you know.
 
 
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