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Problem ghosting Asus notebook
Mar 17th, 2008 at 9:25am
 
Hello
I have an Asus G2S notebook. I need a new and larger harddrive, but I would like to avoid having to reinstall the whole notebook. It is running Windows Vista Ultimate.

Here is what I have been doing:
1) Booting from a Bart PE-disk, running a normal DOS-version of Ghost from there (I think it's version 7.5). Local --> Disk --> To Image. This procedure usually works with all the notebooks I have had.
2) I create a Ghost image on an external USB disk.
3) Shut down the computer, exchange the harddrive to the new larger model.
4) Boot up on the Bart PE-disk, run Ghost --> Local --> Disk --> From Image - still no problems.
5) After rebooting, the computer just loops - runs for a few seconds, reboots, runs for a few seconds, reboots etc. ad nauseum.

I suspect that the utility partition on the original disk somehow is involved in this problem. I would like to keep that partition so I can do a quick factory reinstall if the need arises.

Are there any tricks for accomplishing my task?
I have heard of people with new Lenovo ThinkPads with the same problem...

Any help is very much appreciated.

Thanx
/Simon
 
 
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Re: Problem ghosting Asus notebook
Reply #1 - Mar 17th, 2008 at 10:11am
 
sgatke001

System with *hidden* restore or utility partition can be a problem with Ghost procedures--here's references about Dell systems:

Dan Goodell's *Inside the Dell Utility Partition*

Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition

How to fix the Dell System Restore (DSR) feature

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1) Booting from a Bart PE-disk, running a normal DOS-version of Ghost from there (I think it's version 7.5). Local --> Disk --> To Image.
Could you share how you are doing that?!  I didn't know you could run a DOS program from the Bart PE disk!!!!  Now there is a *ghost32.exe* that would run from the Bart PE--it's a Windows ported version of DOS *ghost.exe* that looks like the *normal* DOS program--but it's Windows dependent!

Probably should load Ghost with this command switch (-ib) = *image boot* to make sure any special programing in the *boot tract*, and not just the first absolute sector 0 boot information, is included in the file:  ghost.exe -ib or ghost32.exe -ib

And, use *Whole Disk* and not just a *Partition* back up procedure--like you mentioned above!

And see this discussion:  Ghost 2003/Ghost 8.2 and Windows Vista , especially starting here:  Vista and Symantec Ghost 8.x

Let us know how things work out!



 

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Re: Problem ghosting Asus notebook
Reply #2 - Mar 17th, 2008 at 10:43am
 
Thank you for your reply.

Hmm perhaps you're right about the DOS/Windows version. Let me check that when I get home.

I have read most of Goodell's documents, but I am not sure how much of it applies to an Asus computer (even though most of it seems relevant).

I have found info on the "-ib" on another forum and will try that also. Should I use it both for creating AND restoring the image, or just when I create the image?

I thought doing the whole disk would be the way to do it, but when I ran into this error, I also tried just cloning the partitions one at a time - so I have spent quite some time on this little job *lol*

I will check my Bart PE disk - I am not sure if it starts ghost.exe or ghost32.exe, but it should be easy enough to find out. It's been a while since I created that CD, so I have forgotten the small details Smiley

I will also keep you posted about my progress in this "game" - would definitely like to see next level  Cool
 
 
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Re: Problem ghosting Asus notebook
Reply #3 - Mar 19th, 2008 at 6:03am
 
Alright, I got it fixed now.

Here is what I did:
1) Booted on my Bart PE CD
2) Start ghost32.exe -ib and local --> disk --> to image
3) Exchange drives
4) Boot on Bart PE again
5) Start ghost32.exe -ib and local --> disk --> from image
6) Reboot - Computer will not boot, keeps restarting after a few seconds
7) Boot on Vista install CD - select Repair

After reboot, things are working.

Thanks for your suggestions and help - much appreciated.
As you can see, you were right about the version of Ghost being used. It is indeed ghost32.exe that is being used.

Regards,
Simon
 
 
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Re: Problem ghosting Asus notebook
Reply #4 - Mar 19th, 2008 at 8:57am
 
sgatke001

Thanks for the report back with your results.

Did you review this thread:

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And see this discussion:  Ghost 2003/Ghost 8.2 and Windows Vista , especially starting here:  Vista and Symantec Ghost 8.x


You might avoid having to do the *Repair* by using the Ghost switch *-FDSP*:  ghost32.exe -ib -fdsp

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Should I use it both for creating AND restoring the image, or just when I create the image?

Don't know for sure, but I think if the image is created using the *-ib* switch, Ghost will probably only allow a *whole disk* restore and will default to restoring the whole boot tract.  I think you get an error message if you try any other *partition only* procedure.  But using the *-ib* switch for restore, as well, will cause no harm--and avoid any possible issue.
 

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Re: Problem ghosting Asus notebook
Reply #5 - Mar 21st, 2008 at 4:33pm
 
If you Got UBCD4Win (a Bart sophisticated bootable Cd)
http://www.ubcd4win.com/
it has Drive Image XML on for Free and is very stable and useful
tool for cloning and imaging Disks and partitions.
an instruction how to use it is here:
http://www.darkchip.com/DriveImageXML/index.html
also there are Bart plugins for Acronise 10 and 11 (during Custom setup)
a free version of it is available for Seagate and maxtor hard disks :

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=20220

both above software have ability to extract individual files and folder from
the whole disk image.

regards Ben
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