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Norton Ghost Help

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Rollin_Again, Sep 10, 2004.

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  1. Rollin_Again

    Rollin_Again Thread Starter

    Sep 4, 2003
    I am trying to make a ghost image of an IBM laptop for my boss. This laptop contains a "hidden" recovery partition that is used to restore Windows in case of a system crash.

    Does anyone know if this hidden partition will be included in the Ghost image? Is this hidden partition required for the laptop to boot and run? Can it be deleted? What is the correct way to create a working image of a computer containing one of these hidden partitions? Any help or advice regarding these hidden partitions would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S - I have no recovery CD with the laptop but my boss does have a brand new Windows 2000 installation CD.

    I should have completely formatted the disk (including the hidden partition) and done a fresh Windows 2000 install before installing all her software. Then I could have made an image of the disk that didn't contain a hidden partition. I didn't do that and now I don't know how to deal with this hidden partition.

  2. necro95


    Sep 3, 2004
    Hi, if you do not need this partition, then I suggest using partion magic to delete it.
    As for the ghost, most probably what happen was that the image was create using the "Disk to Image" option. This option would dump the entire disk info into a gho image file. When you ghost to the new HDD, you probably had to choose the "Disk from image" option. That would result in the Diagnostic partition to be created. The correct method for creating a gho image with only specific drive info would be using the "Partition to Image" option and then when ghosting to a new HDD, the "Partion from Image option"
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