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    Bootable USB drive for Ghost... is it possible ?

    Hiya everyone!

    Just a quick question, Can you make a bootable usb drive to use Ghost? I dont really want to carry a cd everywhere with me and a usb would make much more sence,

    Not a biggie!, ta

    Mart

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoseley View Post
    Hiya everyone!
    Just a quick question, Can you make a bootable usb drive to use Ghost? I dont really want to carry a cd everywhere with me and a usb would make much more sence,
    If I remember correctly doesn't Ghost have an option for making a bootable USB? It's a while since I did it but Ghosted 20 laptops in such a way.

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    I know its not the most idealest of ways of doin it but if i can prove that ghosting works then hopefully my boss will invest some money into it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoseley View Post
    I know its not the most idealest of ways of doin it but if i can prove that ghosting works then hopefully my boss will invest some money into it
    Ah now convincing budget holders of a "good way of doing it" is quite another matter;-) Try telling them it's a whizzy new gadget that everyone is using - that tends to do the trick with my boss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    Ah now convincing budget holders of a "good way of doing it" is quite another matter;-) Try telling them it's a whizzy new gadget that everyone is using - that tends to do the trick with my boss.
    I am sorry to jump off topic slightly but that comment just made me laugh "whizzy new gadget that everyone is using"

    Also yh you can make a bootable USB if i remeber correctly when using Ghost last,

    I have used the "HP Drive Boot Utility in the past to make a bootable USB! i dont know if thats worth thinking of.


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    Yes you can. I've got a WD 120gig drive with a few ghost images on it. It's not quick but does the job.

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    What method did you use jcs808?

    There are some complex methods documented around the web. It's easy on a small USB Drive, but if you want anything useful, like a USB HDD then you have to use other ways of doing it - the utilities around won't make a bootable disk that's bigger than 2Gb.

    I've tried PuppyLinux and it's install to USB HDD app, which works nicely - however I didn't get around to modifying grub to boot the ghost.

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    As mentioned above you can use this utility from HP to make your Flashdrive bootable.

    In the past I used the method of disconecting all internal HDDs from a PC and then with a USB flashdrive attached booted from a win98 boot disk and then Fdisked and formatted with /s to make it a bootable drive. This would probably work with a USB HDD... maybe

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    No I've tried that SYSMAN - you can format ok to FAT16/32 but not copy over the system - even with tweaked versions of format to try and get over the 2gb barrier.

    This one one guy's suggestion

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    I have got a bootable USB for use when imaging my machines ( ghost multicast). It was Peter from SCL online sorted it out - To be honest it was a bit beyond me but as we have such a good relationship with SCL you could ring and ask him - or I will if it would help/ PM me if you need more info

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    Its a bit convoluted, but i create a Net Boot Disk and then use a program called Flashboot to make it into a bootable USB drive.

    Alternatively, the Boot Disk can be burnt to CD. You can even add ghost.exe or a batch file interface for directly imaging PCs.

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    bartpe is available on usb i use it to run ghost

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    Forget the USB, Create a floppy image of dos,ghost and network drivers then PXE boot the img file using pxelinux. Saves carrying a USB around and means you can do several machines at once. Alternatively use PXE booting partimage as its free, so you don't need to convince anyone other than yourself.

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    I use the HP tool to format the disk
    Using DOS boot files I either d/led from MS or copied off a boot floppy, cant remember

    Then put Net Boot Disk onto it - http://www.netbootdisk.com/
    Which has virtually every NIC driver and works with all of ours. Also edited the logon script on the net book disk so it connects to a network share with ghost.exe

    Very simple

    I can post the guide I wrote for the other IT staff if anyone wants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post

    I can post the guide I wrote for the other IT staff if anyone wants?

    Yes please



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