The Alternative Way for Hard Drive Replacement
GHOST (General Hardware-Oriented System Transfer) works well when you need to clean your PC from viruses. If you find something wrong with the operating system, you only need to restore the image using a bootable CD Symantec. But the problem will come when it is confronted on a netbook, because netbook is not equipped with a built-in CD-ROM drive to boot the PC. So that an external hard drive is the only way when you just want to boot up Symantec Ghost with all the abilities.
But fortunately, almost every netbook laptop in last model is equipped with a card reader and a USB port, so that the guide on how to create a bootable SD card or USB flash drive with the following Symantec’s Norton Ghost can be implemented both with and without significant problems. This task can be done with several different versions of Symantec Ghost, but the steps of this article are based on Symantec Ghost 14.
The following is what you need to do this process:
– An SD slot or card reader (SD card) or USB slot (for thumb drives)
– An SD card (either SD or SDHC), or a USB thumb drive. Size can be a minimum of 1 GB. You can also choose a big SD card if you want to keep your hard drive image to the card as well.
– A PC with a bootable CD / DVD drive.
– Symantec Ghost 14 bootable CD. (Some other versions may also work)
You can follow these steps as a guide, but you also risk their own responsibility:
- First, make sure the CD / DVD drive is a bootable CD. (Check your BIOS manual or PC user guide for details as this is outside the scope of this article).
- For the SD card: Make sure the SD slot or card reader available. If the card reader, connect to the PC. Also insert the card. While for a USB thumb drive: Make sure the drive is inserted into one of USB slots.
- Boot the computer using the Symantec Ghost CD (Details vary on different computers). In Windows XP, at startup, you should see the Press “prompt any key to boot from CD …”.
- Symantec Recovery After startup is complete, you will see the main screen of the Symantec Ghost 14 Recovery is similar to the following picture:
- Select “Analyze” from the left menu.
- Then click on “Open Command Shell Window”. A command prompt window will from the display.
- At this command prompt window, type: “diskpart” (one word, without quotes) and hit enter. The prompt now changed to “DISKPART>”
- Now type “list disk” and hit enter. You should now see a list of all available disks. Base on the size of each disk is listed, find the one that matching your SD card (or thumb drive) and note its disk number under “Disk ###”. If you do not see your SD card (or flash drive) listed, verify if it is inserted or plugged in (you Might need to restart the computer and try again).
- Type “select disk <n>” (replace with the disk # <n> noted from the previous step) then hit enter. And be sure to choose the correct disk (SD card or thumb drive) as you would remove the drive.
- Create a primary partition for the disk by executing the following sequence of commands: clean, create a primary partition and select partition 1.
- Set the primary partition active, type: “active” and press enter.
- Perform a quick format with the following command: format fs = fat32 quick
- Then type: assign, and exit.
- Process has been completed. And SD card (or flash drive) is now bootable and will act like a local hard drive. In order to boot this card with the Spirit of Recovery Symantect, copy all the contents of the Symantec Ghost disk to SD card (or flash drive). Do not forget to copy all your important files, including hidden files.
Note: To boot with the card in the laptop / netbook, do not forget to set your BIOS to look for SD card or external USB device in the boot sequence.