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Standard Ghost Boot
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further background information, skip to 'Programs and Files You Need' now.
So, why am I calling this the 'Standard Ghost
Boot CD/DVD--on Steriods!'
For the following
- If you run Ghost from the Windows interface and save an image to
optical media, Ghost will automatically create a bootable disc for you
if you select that option. The disc will boot fine and load Ghost, but
you will not get the DOS mouse driver loaded--so no mouse support using
You can use the 'arrow' and 'tab' keys to navigate okay in
Ghost, but it's such an irritation that Symantec designed the program
with this 'flaw' present!
This bootable CD/DVD will have mouse
- The default DOS OS that comes with Ghost is
PC-DOS. The Norton Ghost Boot Wizard has the option of
adding the MS-DOS
files to the Boot Wizard so
you can elect to use MS-DOS in place of PC-DOS. But the only way to
add those files is by putting an appropriate boot floppy disk in drive
A:\ or B:\. So you are out of luck if you want the MS-DOS files and have no
This bootable CD/DVD will use MS-DOS, and no
floppy drive is required.
- If you are using the Standard Ghost Boot Disk (floppy disk) to boot
to DOS and load Ghost, you can only access Ghost image files on optical
media that were burned directly by Ghost to the optical media. Ghost
must add some embedded coding that allows this.
But if you create a Ghost image and save it to the hard drive first, and
then burn it to optical media later for archiving using some other burning
program such as Nero, the Standard Ghost Boot Disk will not mount
the image from that optical media.
This bootable CD/DVD will be able to read Ghost
image files regardless of whether they were burned to optical media
directly by Ghost, or were burned later from a hard drive image file by
a third party burning program.
- In 3 above, in order to read Ghost image files
that have been burned to optical media by a program other than Ghost,
you need to use the 2 floppy boot disk set created by the Norton Ghost
Boot Wizard, 'CD/DVD Startup Disk with Ghost'
. This 2 disk set has the necessary DOS drivers
to mount and assign drive letters to your optical drives that allow
Ghost to read image files created by other burning programs. But, a 2
disk boot set can be harder to add to a bootable CD/DVD.
This bootable CD/DVD will use an image file
the size of a single 1.44 MB floppy disk.
So, this bootable CD/DVD will (a) have
mouse support, (b) use MS-DOS files, (c) be able to read Ghost image files on
optical media even if Ghost did not burn them directly to the optical
media, and (d) fit in an image file the size of a single floppy drive--that's why
I'm calling this project the 'Standard Ghost Boot CD/DVD--on
: Programs and Files
You need to get setup before you proceed, and
download the necessary files and programs.
3 : Step-by-step instructions
on making the 'Standard
Ghost Boot CD/DVD--on Steroids' without a A:\ floppy
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