I have Win98 SE, a CD-Rewriter as Drive F and Ghost 2002, which I have used hitherto to clone my hard drive onto CD-R’s. I now believe I have not been doing this properly. I used to do this in Windows, by clicking on the Ghost DOS shortcut, ignoring the question do I want to create a bootable floppy, when Ghost then
created the CD-R’s , but Symantec says this is not recommended. At all events, I now find that the CD-R’s, by this method, no longer always work. Some are shown by the integrity check to be corrupted.
I find this application highly intimidating, not least because of the Symantec Help which some guy here says is excellent, but I find impenetrable at the crucial points (I have 3 degrees, but have to reread it many times, and even then!!). Plain English is not a concept in my experience that Symantec embrace.
For certainty I now wish to make sure I will be doing the cloning properly, so I can restore if I get a drive again.
My burner is not supported by Symantec - a Memorex SixteenMAXX 1040 - but I do not believe this matters.
I have yet to use the following method, which on my interpretation of the Symantec, Radified and other stuff should do a clone the proper way.
As I understand it,
- To create a clone of Drive C
a. I create in Drive A a DOS system disk, aka a bootable floppy, using the
first of the 3 options in the Boot Wizard - CD-R/RW, LPT and USB - in my
b. I use this floppy to restart the PC, and Ghost starts
c. When asked by Ghost if I wish to do so, I insert the bootable floppy I
have just created, the contents of which Ghost adds to the CD-R’s (the one
that is in Drive F)
d. Ghost creates however many CD’-R’s it takes to clone Drive C
- To restore the CD-R’s (i.e. I have a dead Drive C):
I create a floppy using the third of the 3 options - CD-ROM boot disk. I
use this floppy to start the PC (only on a restore) and insert the CD-R’s as required.
Is this correct?