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Bootable Ghost CD
Mar 12th, 2010 at 7:25pm
 
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Please excuse my bad english, highly supported by an online dictionary - I'm writing from D-27259 Varrel, a small village in Northern Germany, nearby Bremen.

I'm using Ghost 2003 for years to save and restore the hard disk C:\ (boot and programs) of my desktop. At the latest after 4 weeks or whenever I changed the installation I create a mirror of disk C:\ on my internal hard disk D:\ (data). In addition I copy the whole data disk to an external disk. This procedure maybe obsolete, but it meets my requirements.

Now I want to use Ghost 2003 to save my new second-hand laptop as well, which has a single hard disk with two partitions. But Ghost refuses to write an image of partition C:\ to partition D:\ . Also it doesn't allow me to use an external USB drive as destination.

For my laptop has no floppy drive, I can't use the bootable (PC-DOS) recovery floppy disk. If I boot from the original Ghost CD, it just offers me to install Ghost.

By googeling I found your guide to create a bootable Ghost CD and I think it might solve my problem. Because of the language its no easy for me, but I tried to follow the instructions. I managed to install WinImage, but unfortunalety the specified link to download the boot98.exe doesn't work, so I downloaded several boot98.exe and boot98se.exe files from other sources, but none of them could be opened by WinImage.

Will your CD solve my problem and is it possible to buy the complete bootable CD from you - or an .iso file to burn it using Nero?

Thanks a lot,

Otto - mailto:otto@lueschow.de

 
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Re: Bootable Ghost CD
Reply #1 - Mar 15th, 2010 at 1:33pm
 
Now I managed to register and to log in.

I'm looking for help because I don't get through the procedure of building a bootable Ghost CD. I'm not looking for a pirate copy, I assure that I own Ghost 2003 for years. All I need is a CD equivalent to the PC-DOS floppy disk that Ghost builded.
 
 
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Reply #2 - Mar 17th, 2010 at 9:26am
 
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For my laptop has no floppy drive, I can't use the bootable (PC-DOS) recovery floppy disk. If I boot from the original Ghost CD, it just offers me to install Ghost.

I was going to suggest booting from the installation CD--it is bootable and can load external USB HDD support.  But, your response above indicates that you are not successfully booting to DOS from the CD--the *install* of Ghost can only occur from the installation CD once you have booted to Windows!

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Will your CD solve my problem

So, the answer is *No*--my bootable CD will not work either if you can not boot to DOS using the Ghost 2003 installation CD.  My CD would not boot to DOS in any way that is different from how the Installation CD boots--so you would have to solve that issue first.  Sometimes you have to either press a key such as F8 during the initial bootup of the system to bring up a boot menu that lists the different devices to boot from--such as the optical drive.  Or, on some systems, you have to enter the BIOS setup (most often by pressing the *Delete* key--but it could be F1 or some other key or key combination) shortly after turning the system on.  Usually in one of the *Advanced* menu sections, you can select the *Boot Order*--and placing the optical drive as the first boot device might be necessary.  And placing the internal HDD second, and then saving those settings should allow you to place a bootable optical disc in and successfully boot from it!

My tutorial, Creating Bootable CD/DVD's Without A:\Floppy Drive, will help someone 1.  who does not have the Ghost 2003 installation CD, 2.  does not have a floppy drive (most optical disc authoring programs--such as Nero--will request either a boot floppy disk in order for them to create a bootable optical disc--or ask for a *image file* of a boot floppy disk), or 3.   needs to add customized boot files because the Ghost 2003 bootable CD does not have the needed DOS files for their particular hardware.

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but unfortunalety the specified link to download the boot98.exe doesn't work

You want the *Windows 98 SE  OEM*--the tenth file link listed--just used the link ( http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm )--and it worked fine!?  The file name of the download is *boot98se.exe*.  You start WinImage, and then open that file by clicking on the *File* menu item, and select *Open*, and then locate where you saved the *boot98se.exe* file.  Opened the file just fine when I tried it just now!--so you will need to review your steps to figure out what you are doing incorrectly.

The other alternative that many have used, is to use an external USB floppy drive to boot their Ghost boot floppies--but, that may not work if you need to use an external USB HDD to store the Ghost image on--but, there may be a workaround for that as well--if you want to try to go that direction.

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is it possible to buy the complete bootable CD from you - or an .iso file to burn it using Nero?

Well, not *buy*, but I can probably help out with a downloadable iso image--but without *ghost.exe* on it--you will have to use special programs (I can tell how) to add your copy of *ghost.exe* to the iso file before burning it to a disc.

But, I'm leaving town later this morning--I will be gone for the next week and will not have computer access--

you need to figure out why you can not boot from the Ghost 2003 installation CD.  Once you have that accomplished, when I get back, we can take the next step!

If you have not figured out how to boot from a bootable optical disc, then we will have to further troubleshoot that issue......


 

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