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I ran Norton Ghost 2003 to create a ghost image of my hard drive. The "operation failed" and left me in the Norton version of Dos. It says "returning to Windows" but it just hangs. I have tried various ways to get back to Windows (XP Pro) but all fail. Any ideas?

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  • Tim Sedlik May 11, 2010

    What happens after you reboot the PC now? Where were you trying to ghost the image to? The same machine, same drive?


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Please use F8 key when windownxp starts and uninstall the norton ghost and then restart the system.


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I don't have recovery partition

follow this step and do it. God bless you

  • To create a partition from a new or newly formatted computer, make sure Windows is installed. Load any programs and drivers you would like to keep in case you need to back up to a previous version of your computer's settings.

  • 2

    Install your partition creation software; in this article we will use Norton Ghost. Before creating your partition, disable any anti virus and other scanning software.

  • 3

    Create your partition by going to your ms-dos prompt: from your Start menu, press "Run," and type "cmd" without quotations in the run dialog box. At the dos prompt, type "fdisk" without quotations, and choose option 1 (Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive). Set the partition size to 10 GB at press enter.

  • 4

    Open Norton Ghost and follow the instructions to create a recovery partition in the new partition you had just created. The process should take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the size of the files you are going to back up.

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    Restart your computer. When done, open Norton Ghost to verify that the Recovery Partition was created.

  • Feb 28, 2013 | HEWLETT-PACKARD PZ531UA#ABA (DC7100 USDT)...


    Automatically create an Update Virus Defintions CD for Norton Ghost v12.0 and...

    Got Symantec GHOST12 (bootable CD) + NAV2008 (non-Bootable) with a valid serial number and want a method to scan your PC for Virus with the latest Virus Defintions but you don't have NAV2008 installed because your ISP gived you a free Virus Suite then read on.

    I have created this semi-automatic method to create a virus CD that will work with the Scan for Virus option on the Ghost Boot CD simply replace the Ghost CD with the one this creates and select browse usually for D: drive you will see your CD-ROM access light action as the Ghost loaded on Ram disk updates itself.

    Download link for the Norton Ghost definitions Updater is HERE you need to join my group on facebook to request the password to unzip as this was originally posted there first, though you FixYa's might like it too plus there are other great tips and tricks. The download link for my Norton AV2008 definitions install CD is HERE on my rapidshare due to a 50MB upload limit on my Sky Drive.

    You may also need to enable Windows Scripting Hosts do this using THIS from my Sky Drive to enable the VBS script to run at the start of both autoupdaters.

    CreateUpdateVirusCD.bat - Will download the latest i32 definitions file and then action the full unzip ISO and burn in one go if you already have the ISO created then you can run the file below. first it will allow you to run a vbs script to clean then temp files Ihave found this to be required on some systems before the downloadsucks in the latest i32 definition file from the FTP server it willthen unzip it and create a Update Locator Virus Definition folder on your desktop similar to the UPDTLCTR.EXE function that is bundled with the Ghost CD (this only works if you have NAV2008 pre-installed and can't create the folder otherwise)

    makecd4defs32.bat - will create an ISO from the Desktop Folder and burn the CD for you using mkisofs.exe and parts of the CYGWIN dll's this will burn the ISO to your CD/DVD burner it is set to default scsibus1 (dev=1,0,0) if your burner is on a different channel then you can run scanbus note the number and edit the listmem32.awk by altering the numbers shown in bold and saving the changes, if your drive is on scscibus2 then change to 2,0,0 and so on...

    print "cdrecord speed=0 -dev=1,0,0 -dao -v Virusdef.iso" >> "dumpit.bat"


    In the case of this scanbus the CDRW is located on scsibus1 but connected at 1,1,0 so change the line to read.

    print "cdrecord speed=0 -dev=1,1,0 -dao -v Virusdef.iso" >> "dumpit.bat"

    Norton Ghost v12.0 ( includes defintions no later than 2007)
    Norton Ghost v14.0 ( includes defintions no later than 2008)

    At time of posting the latest intelligent updater defintions file is 20091202-006-i32.exe which includes definitions not later than 2/12/2009 this can now be used in conjunction with your Bootable Ghost CD to give your PC an up-to-date scan using the latest protection

    Last note you will have to create the desktop file if you have not tried to run the original update file from the Ghost CD otherwise the script will fail feel free to add these line to the script if you wish that is if you can get the mkdir command to create the Update Locator Virus Defintions folder.

    on Dec 02, 2009 | Computers & Internet


    Always save a basic drive image to Optical media ie:> DVD-ROM you will thank me

    Most New Laptops will come with a Factory Default image that will be hidden but can be accessed during the Boot stage by pressing a certain key combination like ALT + F10 or CTRL + F10 of it will have a firmware software like PC Angel LE like on the Evesham Laptops which will revert your Laptop back to how you bought it.

    With Desktops this is not always the case and to prevent almost a days work fulling installing your PC back to a basic setting it is a good idea to create a drive image with the DOS and the latest service packs; plus latest hotfixes; microsoft office; printer drivers; web browsers + addons; Java; Flash and Shockwave, (you can go on forever well upto 4.2GB anyway)

    These will easily fit on a single DVD-ROM (4.7GB) optical disc I suggest that you use Norton Ghost v14.0 it will take about 20mins to create and about the same to reload your PC with the image.

    You will of course require a DVD Burner either ATAPI or USB if you use Norton Ghost you can also undertake a pre-boot Antivirus scan, I have created this script to allow you to create an uptodate Virus Defintions CD

    Heres how it works unxzip the archive to your C: drive then run the getdefs32.bat first then put a CD-RW into your drive then run makecd4defs32.bat this will create an ISO then burn then latest Defintions to your CD use this by browsing for you D: drive after you have booted with your Ghost v12.0 or v14.0 boot CD and selected the antivirus scan option.

    I created this as I got fed up of installing NAV2008 onto my PC while I was running McAfee from Sky just to update my Ghost v12.0 CD.

    Hope you all like it .....join me at the on facebook for more of the same.

    P.S You might have to run scanbusit.bat the mkisofs.bat is set to 1.0.0 you might need to change the line in the makecd4defs32.bat to asuit your system setup.

    cdrecord speed=0 -dev=1,0,0 -dao -v VirusDef.iso


    Shown here is the result for my system my Philips DVD burner is located at scsibus1 so my dev=1,0,0 this will need changing ONLY ONCE if your ISO will not burn as it can't find the drive.

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    Are you reffering to Norton Ghost? If so newer versions require that you install the software on the pc itself, from there you can select to do a full disk back up which will create a system image.
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    How do erase partition and wipe clean, saving operating systerm

    the only way to erase a partition and wipe it clean while saving the OS is to use Symantec Norton Ghost (or a similar product) and create a Ghost image before you delete the partition and restore it after you have deleted the existing partition, recreated a new one and formatted it. then restore the OS from the ghost image.

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    Looking for the backup option for computer

    I suggest that you use Norton Ghost v14.0 and create a compressed image of your primary partition to a DVD-R. You can use my autoupdate of Norton Antivirus Update Defintions for use with Ghost v14.0 for pre-boot virus scans, download the ISO burner and creater HERE or HERE please keep my links alive.

    This will allow you to reinstall after catastrophic failure of your HDD.

    If you just want to backup your images and documents a good U3 stick drive or USB harddrive is an excellent option for storing your document folders.

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    I keep getting the message 2010

    After a BIOS upgrade or installation of a new hard drive, the following error message may appear at POST: ERROR
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    Press <F1> to Setup
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      Note: This update requires a floppy disk drive.
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    3. DOS-based copy tools may function slowly or produce incorrect output, specifically previous versions of Norton/Symantec Ghost. These versions are not compatible with the Serial-ATA interface of the Intel ICH6M chip set. Documentation on this problem may be found at It is recommended to use either a newer version of Ghost, Norton Ghost 2003 (version 2003.789 or later) or Symantec Ghost 8.0 or later, or to use the -FNI switch when invoking Ghost from the command prompt (For example, Ghost.exe -FNI with the current version of Ghost).
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    Reboot error 29004

    Slave your hard disk to another PC and try to run check disk to repair on the other hand If this error occurs regardless of your Ghost version, it is probably due to bad sectors on the destination drive if restoring an image, or due to bad sectors on the source drive if creating an image. Run Scandisk, checkdisk, or Norton Disk Doctor with a thorough surface test. hope it helps.

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    External Hard Drive

    some external hard drives comes with software that would enable you to backup entire files/folders with a single click or command. Some with a built in switch that perform the same action.
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    Apr 08, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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