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OVERSTUFFING: Tweaking a Ghost 2003 Bootable CD
Feb 23rd, 2007 at 4:09pm
 
Anyone setting out in Norton Ghost 2003 to make a single 1.44MB floppy system diskette utilizing MS-DOS learns very quickly that space is at a premium.  
GHOST.EXE
is so voluminous that not even the modest
HIMEM.SYS
can be squeezed in.  However, when using a bootable 1.44MB floppy diskette to generate a bootable CD with Nero Express there is a "workaround"  for this dilemma, i.e, place
GHOST.EXE
in a folder entitled
GHOST
located in the non-bootable sector of the CD designated
Drive X:
and then insert a PATH statement in
AUTOEXEC.BAT
pointing at the target folder.

As there are a number of DOS-dependent utility routines in my kit bag (see images below), I decided to take advantage of all
that space so now I am able to merely quit Ghost 2003 after the boot-up to enjoy a
DOS A:> prompt
allowing an easy switch over
to
Drive X:
.  Doing so allows me to employ those tools contained in the various folders therein in order to perform tasks in DOS that cannot readily be accomplished in Windows.  

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Re: OVERSTUFFING: Tweaking a Ghost 2003 Bootable C
Reply #1 - Feb 26th, 2007 at 8:31pm
 
Using my tweaking technique, I successfully performed a "one-off" of NightOwl's
Project #1 -'Standard Ghost Bootable CD/DVD--on Steroids'
where the Ghost executable file was in its own folder in the non-bootable sector of the CD.  I used the "cowbird-nesting"  trick in Nero Express to substitute my WinImage-injected bootable packet for the stock DosBootimage.ima file when burning the bootable CD-R.  My next effort will be to embed USB drivers in the WinImage file.

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Re: OVERSTUFFING: Tweaking a Ghost 2003 Bootable C
Reply #2 - Feb 27th, 2007 at 9:04am
 
Pesky,
you may also be interested in this also
http://www.ubcd4win.com/
I know you have employed ghost 8.2 on a reatogo/bartpe disc and you realize the better support for usb devices. You can do the same with UBCD4win and have access to many more useful tools to boot.
They also make it easy to add your bootable DOS disk images to the CD.
http://www.ubcd4win.com/custom.htm
I now have a single CD that  I can run all my DOS tools (ghost 2003, partition magic, etc.) or boot to a bart pe  environment when needed.
My "do it all" CD
 

If anything can go wrong, it already did, and you just now noticed it.
 
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