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Re: restore the dell system to original configuration
Insert the norton ghost cd and restart to boot off the cd. Then click advanced recovry tasks then select utilities select map network drive select drive letter then select the image to copy to the drive.
Mine is norton 9.0 so if you have the newer one it will be different
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If you have a true image to restore from, as like what is created with Win7 Pro Backup, or from Norton Ghost, you should be able to make a total restore. The destination drive had to be the same size or larger than from the drive the original image was taken from.
With Windows, you will require the image recovery DVD disk that are created using the OS that the image was generated from. With Ghost, you will require the Ghost recovery DVD disk to restore the image.
Using Norton Ghost 9.0 is very good program to backup your System & Documents. You said the PC is dead then you want to restore back your System to a new PC. All you have to do is that Norton Ghost 9.0 CD is Bootable. Of course also your external hard drive are plug in it too. Manually you're going to open that Sv2i file to restore back again your old system but there are some programs that are not going to use. Like for example: System Drivers (Motherboard Driver, LAN, SOUND, etc.) but at least you have the Documents and the rest of the programs run again. I try it myself this kind of situation, I'm using Windows 2000 with Norton Ghost 9.0 version, and it's 100% works. Good luck! Hope i might give you some tip & idea. Tell me more about if you got a problem. Please rate me. Thank you.
I use Norton Ghost 9 and I love it. Initially, it makes a complete image of your harddrive. I would purchase a good sized external harddrive and attach it via USB and use it as your backup drive.
Norton will allow you to schedule "incremental backups" as often as you like. I have mine set for every night at 1AM.
The biggest reason to use this system is if your C: drive fails, you can use Norton Ghost to completely restore your system from the backup image on a new harddrive and be up and running as if nothing happened within a few hours. No installing applcations, settings or anything. It's wonderful!
Ghost saved the drive information in an image file. Whatever you named your backup you would see *.gho, *001.gho, *002.gho. That is your whole hard drive in a spanned image file. Ghost Explorer is what you need to open and view these images and you would be able to extract files as your would from a zip file. There are no restore points as you would think using Windows Restore. Only the raw hard drive information as it appears on your dive now. I'm not sure if Ghost Explorer is provided with the home edition as I'm used to the enterprise for my work.
let me know if this helps
You should partition your new drive first to say 160Gb (you lose a bit after formatting) for 1st partition and the remaining capacity for the 2nd partition. Because your Ghost image is 120Gb it can only restore to a partition of 120Gb, that is why it shows 120Gb on a 500Gb on a single partition.
You may be able to fix this problem without starting again by using Disk Manager (from Control Panel - Admoinistrative Tools) to create a 2nd partition on the hard drive and format this partition.
gho is the extension of backup file
format saved by Norton Ghost, that is Norton backup program. GHO file
extension can only be opened with Norton Ghost, and restored on an hard drive, after extraction you can save data on optical support using any CD burner software.
You need the system disks from the manufacturer, Dell to restore the computer to factory defaults. The system disks come in two forms, windows disks, and computer specific system disks. I am unsure of the disks that come with your notebook, but most likely they are system specific. To restore the system, put the disk in the drive, restart the computer and after the POST (power on self test) push the F12 button. This will bring up the one-time boot screen allowing you to boot off of the CD. The next step is to format the computer and windows should begin to reinstall. As for anti-virus, I use Antivira Anti-Virus Personal. It's free and can be downloaded from the link below.
After fdisk and format you need to ensure that operative system is installed into yor hard drive. Using ghost you restore the image disk by booting from ghost image CD if you made a bootable image disk. Ensure Bios is set up to boot from CD. If you used Norton Ghost ensure you captured the image of full bootable original hard disk drive for same computer. If it does not boot after restoring ghosted image, than the image it is probably not complete. If hard disk image is not good, easiest thing to do is using Windows install CD to installl again operative system, then you eventually restore ghost image.