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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
February 14, 2005 1:36:58 PM

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Hi folks-

I'm working on a laptop backup / disaster recovery scheme here.

How can I get the bootable Ghost 9 recovery environment onto a USB
memory key, making it bootable? My laptop (IBM T42P) can boot from USB.

Ghost 9.01 newbie here. My prior experience is all with Drive Image
ending with DI 2002. I would burn images to CD including bootable DOS
with the DI2002 executables, so that each image disk was a self-
contained recovery system (no other master recovery disk needed), or
more recently, I put the DI2002 on a DOS-bootable USB key.

Boot the USB key and BAM! I'm ready to recover from CD/DVD with the
image.

I wasn't able to use DI2002 successfully to image my new laptop direct
to DVD (assorted weird problems) so I bought our corporate standard
Ghost. I'm on 9.01.

The main drawback I can see is that restoring the system drive requires
booting the specific CD with recovery console on it. I don't want to
have to carry it around, and there are problems when my recovery image
media needs the same drive as the recovery console CD.

Since Ghost 9 recovery environment is built on NT, I can't just run
executables from DOS. I need to get the whole recovery environment onto
the USB key.

Any thoughts?

Marc
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
February 14, 2005 2:08:16 PM

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On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 10:36:58 -0500, Giganews <somebody@somewhere.com>
wrote:

>How can I get the bootable Ghost 9 recovery environment onto a USB
>memory key, making it bootable? My laptop (IBM T42P) can boot from USB.


If u can put a boot sector into the USB key, u should be able to do
it.

When I do this on my machine, FORMAT greys out the option.

If u find out how, let us know.
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
February 15, 2005 2:22:17 AM

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"Giganews" <somebody@somewhere.com> wrote:
> How can I get the bootable Ghost 9 recovery environment onto a
> USB memory key, making it bootable? My laptop (IBM T42P)
> can boot from USB.
>
> Ghost 9.01 newbie here. My prior experience is all with Drive
> Image ending with DI 2002. I would burn images to CD including
> bootable DOS with the DI2002 executables, so that each image
> disk was a self-contained recovery system (no other master
> recovery disk needed), or more recently, I put the DI2002 on a
> DOS-bootable USB key.
>
> Boot the USB key and BAM! I'm ready to recover from CD/DVD
> with the image.
>
> I wasn't able to use DI2002 successfully to image my new laptop
> direct to DVD (assorted weird problems) so I bought our corporate
> standard Ghost. I'm on 9.01.

IMHO, recent versions of Ghost and DriveImage are heading in the wrong
direction. If you were happy with the DI2002 method, you probably should
have switched to BootItNG instead of Ghost. IME, BootItNG is more stable
anyway, and the method of creating bootable CD/DVD would probably look
familiar to you from your experience with DI2002. I'm not sure if it can
directly create bootable USB key (yet), but if not, tech support is very
responsive and just might add it if you ask. (And they don't charge you for
upgrades.)
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August 10, 2008 8:41:03 PM

I recently bought an ASUS Eee PC 1000H. Lacking an optical drive I wanted to be able to boot my Norton Ghost 9.0 recovery environment from a USB stick. I assume the recent flood of these ultra mobile PC's will cause a renewed interest in this topic.

Here are the steps to make a bootable Ghost 9.0 Recovery USB stick or SD card (works just as well with the builtin SD card reader of the ASUS 1000H):

Format the stick using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (Google will easily locate this free utility for you). No need to use the "Create a DOS startup disk" functionality in this case, the partition on the memory stick will be marked active for boot anyway.

Copy the folder \I386 from the Ghost 9.0 Disk onto the memory stick and rename it to \minint

Copy the file \minint\NTDETECT.COM to the root folder of the memory stick

Copy the file \minint\SETUPLDR.BIN to the root folder and rename it to NTLDR (without an extension)

If necessary install required Windows 2000 drivers. I copied the two files from the Eee support DVD, found in \Drivers\LAN\Atheros\Win2k into the memory stick folders \minint\INF and \minint\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS and Ghost activates the builtin LAN adapter of the 1000H.

You're done! Boot from the USB stick.


As a side note, except for the formatting part, the same procedure can be used to boot Ghost9 from an external harddrive containing an NTFS partition. That allowed me to put the Ghost9 restore environment together with the actual backup itself onto a single 2.5'' drive in a USB enclosure. Now that is what I call a portable backup solution! In contrast to memory sticks, the normal Windows Local storage disk management console (under Administrative Tools) allows to mark partitions on external harddisks as active. So no need for the HP format utility in this case.
August 28, 2008 1:08:26 PM


Hi JanniCash,

I used your instruction to make my Ghost 9 to boot up on a flash drive. I can't get it to work. I must not be doing something correctly.

Do you format the flash drive with fat, fat32, or ntfs?

In your instructions you state ....."No need to use the "Create a DOS startup disk" functionality in this case, the partition on the memory stick will be marked active for boot anyway. " I can't get it to boot up unless I install unless I install some boot up files.

I would like to get this working as you did, can you help me with some additional instructions ?
January 27, 2009 5:00:45 PM

JanniCash,

Thanks for your help there. I formatted my USB drive to FAT and then followed your instructions for my Symantec Recovery Disk (instead of Ghost). Seems to work just fine. Good work putting that guide together.
February 3, 2009 6:22:05 AM

Hi,

please can you help me i did same as you wrote,
i use USB diskonkey 256mb
can you send me email step by step how to do it,

dav-isr@degania-b.org.il

thanks davis

JanniCash said:
I recently bought an ASUS Eee PC 1000H. Lacking an optical drive I wanted to be able to boot my Norton Ghost 9.0 recovery environment from a USB stick. I assume the recent flood of these ultra mobile PC's will cause a renewed interest in this topic.

Here are the steps to make a bootable Ghost 9.0 Recovery USB stick or SD card (works just as well with the builtin SD card reader of the ASUS 1000H):

Format the stick using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (Google will easily locate this free utility for you). No need to use the "Create a DOS startup disk" functionality in this case, the partition on the memory stick will be marked active for boot anyway.

Copy the folder \I386 from the Ghost 9.0 Disk onto the memory stick and rename it to \minint

Copy the file \minint\NTDETECT.COM to the root folder of the memory stick

Copy the file \minint\SETUPLDR.BIN to the root folder and rename it to NTLDR (without an extension)

If necessary install required Windows 2000 drivers. I copied the two files from the Eee support DVD, found in \Drivers\LAN\Atheros\Win2k into the memory stick folders \minint\INF and \minint\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS and Ghost activates the builtin LAN adapter of the 1000H.

You're done! Boot from the USB stick.


As a side note, except for the formatting part, the same procedure can be used to boot Ghost9 from an external harddrive containing an NTFS partition. That allowed me to put the Ghost9 restore environment together with the actual backup itself onto a single 2.5'' drive in a USB enclosure. Now that is what I call a portable backup solution! In contrast to memory sticks, the normal Windows Local storage disk management console (under Administrative Tools) allows to mark partitions on external harddisks as active. So no need for the HP format utility in this case.

Anonymous
a b D Laptop
March 19, 2009 8:45:22 PM


Dear Janni:

I don't know if you'll ever see this, but I'll try!

I did a memory stick exactly like this description and when I try to boot from the USB thumb drive i get an error message that says "there is no operating system on this pen drive."

I have redone this many different ways with the same result. I can do a startup routine and the PC starts, but my result of your article did not work. My drive is a Kingston 500 MB.

Any other thoughts would be VERY welcomed!

Thanks,

Don Borden ddborden@windstream.net


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JanniCash said:
I recently bought an ASUS Eee PC 1000H. Lacking an optical drive I wanted to be able to boot my Norton Ghost 9.0 recovery environment from a USB stick. I assume the recent flood of these ultra mobile PC's will cause a renewed interest in this topic.

Here are the steps to make a bootable Ghost 9.0 Recovery USB stick or SD card (works just as well with the builtin SD card reader of the ASUS 1000H):

Format the stick using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (Google will easily locate this free utility for you). No need to use the "Create a DOS startup disk" functionality in this case, the partition on the memory stick will be marked active for boot anyway.

Copy the folder \I386 from the Ghost 9.0 Disk onto the memory stick and rename it to \minint

Copy the file \minint\NTDETECT.COM to the root folder of the memory stick

Copy the file \minint\SETUPLDR.BIN to the root folder and rename it to NTLDR (without an extension)

If necessary install required Windows 2000 drivers. I copied the two files from the Eee support DVD, found in \Drivers\LAN\Atheros\Win2k into the memory stick folders \minint\INF and \minint\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS and Ghost activates the builtin LAN adapter of the 1000H.

You're done! Boot from the USB stick.


As a side note, except for the formatting part, the same procedure can be used to boot Ghost9 from an external harddrive containing an NTFS partition. That allowed me to put the Ghost9 restore environment together with the actual backup itself onto a single 2.5'' drive in a USB enclosure. Now that is what I call a portable backup solution! In contrast to memory sticks, the normal Windows Local storage disk management console (under Administrative Tools) allows to mark partitions on external harddisks as active. So no need for the HP format utility in this case.

Anonymous
a b D Laptop
March 19, 2009 8:51:58 PM


I'm trying to make a pen drive Ghost recovery startup routine and I'm having a problem!

I used the routine that JanniCash posted, but no luck!

I can start the PC with the pen drive using the usual start-up files, but
I get an error message with the routine that you're using....

I hope you see this!

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Ddbord

ddborden@windstream.net

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GilesG said:
JanniCash,

Thanks for your help there. I formatted my USB drive to FAT and then followed your instructions for my Symantec Recovery Disk (instead of Ghost). Seems to work just fine. Good work putting that guide together.

July 2, 2009 1:48:55 AM

I can't get it to work either. I have an early Dell Optiplex that did not fully support booting from USB. I was able to follow Bwana's article (bwana.org) to boot from the Windows 7 RC (32-bit) DVD-ROM imaged onto a flash drive, but this method to get Ghost to boot does not work for my little system.

I thought it could only be floppy-type format in the boot sectors, but then the Win7 worked!

If anyone has any ideas...

Thanks,
tpedwards
Huntsville, AL
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
March 18, 2010 4:06:13 PM

somebody just format my computer while he use the heard disk on a different computer an marge the partition
a b D Laptop
January 12, 2012 2:53:09 AM

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