[QUOTE=bevills1;2235802]Around a month ago I created Ghost image using Ghost 2003 of WinXP SP2 on NTFS drive with no problem. Recently after installing SP3 Ghost 2003 no longer sees hard drives when Ghost restarts the system to do the imaging. Is there a fix for this apparent SP3 problem, or is there a disadvantage to uninstalling SP3?[/QUOTE]
Maybe Ghost 2003 does not support WinXP SP3. Did you try to get any updates from Symantec or Live Update? I would also try a new install of Ghost after the upgrade to SP3.
[QUOTE=bevills1;2235802]Also according to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTEnKA7tOXM DriveImageXML can create image from the OS while running but can’t restore image to the running OS. It states image may be restored by slaving the drive to another system, but there’s no space for slave drive in a laptop. What’s the best way to restore such image on a lap top? Will installing WinXP on USB drive, booting to USB drive and restore image from there to the lap top drive work? I assume doing this would create a dual boot system with menu to choose which to boot, but that’s okay.[/QUOTE]
DriveImage XML is free and very easy to use. Keep in mind that it cannot restore an image to a smaller hard drive than the original one. The only thing you have to do to restore an image is to build something like the Bart PE boot CD. It is a Windows XP “live” CD. You can boot from it and run DriveImageXML from there. I haven’t try the solution you wrote about the USB. Bart PE seems simpler to me. If you do a google search you can find guides how to build Bart PE with DriveImage XML plugin.
Another free alternative is Macrium Reflect, which has a wizard to build a bootable (linux) CD for the restoration process. Imaging is done from the running Windows XP session, such as DriveImage XML.