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Reply #30 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 12:20pm
 
I didn't provide more specifics of my system as I didn't think it was pertinent to this discussion. I custom-built it and it uses an ABIT KG7-RAID motherboard.

I thought I (indirectly) discussed where ASPIDISK.SYS came from in one of my replies to Dan Goodell. If you recall, we also had a similar discussion a while back in another thread:

http://radified.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1095438251/287#287

I believe the driver can be found in this file (dosdrvr.exe) available at this URL:

http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/speed/scsi/dos/dosdrvr_exe.htm
 
 
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Reply #31 - Aug 15th, 2011 at 5:30pm
 
Prozactive wrote on Aug 12th, 2011 at 10:50am:
Dan Goodell also has not been back on the board as far as I can tell.

I've been in and out, but haven't seen that you've tried either of my suggestions in Reply #15, so haven't had anything further to contribute.  Whenever I'm troubleshooting a system, the first thing I always do is try to establish some boundaries as to when something works and when it doesn't.



NightOwl wrote on Aug 15th, 2011 at 1:15am:
" (Aside:I grab the boot track just in case there was anything special in it, and because it's the quickest way to restore the original partition layout.)"

Great outline! Another way to save the layout and data of a drive without resorting to imaging software. I wouldn't have thought to do it that way 'til you stated this!

As I recall, grabbing the MBR as a means of restoring the partition layout was a brilliant idea Christer came up with in another thread here several years ago.  I liked it so much I routinely grab the entire boot track from every system I backup.

It doesn't capture the layout of logical volumes in an extended partition, though, but with that small caveat I've nevertheless found it simple and extremely useful.



 
 
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Reply #32 - Aug 27th, 2011 at 10:00am
 
@Dan Goodell:
I think I was replying to and addressing some of your other earlier comments and/or observations. I've been extremely busy and haven't had time to do more experimentation with the HDD. I understand your rationale and philosophy for data partition backups but I have my own particular reasons for using Ghost to make periodic data backups. I also diligently make incremental file backups along the way as they change. Your technique of saving a copy of the boot sector is interesting but from what I understand, that will not save the detailed directory structure and associated information (including dates created, modified, accessed, etc.). Correct me if I'm wrong.
 
 
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Reply #33 - Sep 24th, 2011 at 6:20pm
 
                                                  September 24, 2011

Dear Ghost2003-Wonder,

   First, a big THANK YOU for your VERY detailed and time consuming work!

   I want to run something by you and get your opinion:


1. C: Drive 40 Gig HDD with Windows 7, Ghost 2003 and other programs installed,

   set as NTFS.

2. D: Drive 46 Gig HDD for Ghost images destination, set as FAT32.

3. 2TB SATA HDD with multiple partitions ranging from 3 to 300 Gigs all set as FAT32.

   BTW, despite what has been said, I have TWO Hard Drives (300 + 500 Gigs)

   that are both FAT32 and I have a 164 and 310 Gig partition (respectively)

   on them.

4. My Ghost 2003 DOS is Build v793.

   The files on my floppy are Autoexec.bat with:
                                                @echo off
                                                Mouse.com
                                                Ghost.exe

                              Command.com
                              Ghost.exe
                              Io.sys
                              Mouse.com
                              Mouse.ini
                              Msdos.sys


   The questions:

   1. Do you think the C: Drive's image will be made AND restored properly?

   2. Any problem with the 2TB HDD with multiple partitions being set as FAT32?

   3. Will I be able to access (to extract files) the NTFS images on the D: Drive's

      46 Gig HDD?

   4. Anything else I should be concerned about?


Thanks in advance for any help you can be.



                                          Big Al
 
 
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Reply #34 - Sep 24th, 2011 at 7:31pm
 
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Big_Al wrote on Sep 24th, 2011 at 6:20pm:
C: Drive 40 Gig HDD with Windows 7, Ghost 2003 and other programs installed

When you install Ghost 2003 to Win7 there is a message, "Ghost 2003 has a known compatibility with this version of Windows."



 
 
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Reply #35 - Sep 25th, 2011 at 1:01am
 
Brian, Thank you for the tip.

In that case, I'll just skip the 2003 install and use Ghost Explorer v11.0.0.1502's

1578KB file and access my .gho files that way.

By the way, do you have any advice on the rest of my post?

Thanks again.  Big Al
 
 
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Reply #36 - Sep 25th, 2011 at 1:19am
 
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I'm not a Ghost 2003 user.  Just a tester.

If Ghost 2003 won't work with your 2 TB HD you will need a different imaging app. ??Time to move on. But I appreciate how people can be loyal to a good app and try really hard to make it work. However the hardware issues are stacked against Ghost 2003.

Apart from a few 8 MB DOS partitions, I don't use FAT partitions anymore. If that 2 TB HD was mine I'd probably just have a single NTFS primary partition. I gather it will just be used for backups and data. These files can share the partition. My HD 0 has 20 or so partitions but these are nearly all operating system partitions.
 
 
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