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    Boot Ghost from USB

    Im trying to boot directly to ghost from my USB device so that i can install images without using and CD or floppy. I've been searching the internet for information on this topic and the things I've found have not been very clear. Any information on this would be helpful.

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    This is how I've done this before...

    1) Create a Windows 98 Boot floopy (google search boot disks for image)

    2) Format the USB as a system drive using Win 98 Boot floppy for system images. I believe HP have a free USB formating tool that will do this for you.

    3) Use Ghost Boot Disk creator to create a multidisk ghost floppy set.

    4) copy all files (including hidden system files) from the floppy disks to the USB drive

    5) copy the 'Ghost.exe' program from your Ghost installation dir (C:\Program Files\Ghost ?) to the 'Ghost' directory on the USB drive

    6) Edit 'Autoexec.bat' on the USB drive to replace any mention of Ram drives or Floppy drives with the relevant details for the USB drive. eg. change A:\ghost\ghost.ext to c:\ghost\ghost.ext - or what ever needs doing.

    7) Remove any mention of expanded/joining/creating a ghost.exe from Autoexec.bat as you copied a complete version of this file to the USB drive in step 5.

    8) Research into - PXE Boot, RIS, WDS, Clonezilla and FOG - as a combination of these will make your life easier than worrying about having the correct NIC drivers on the ghost USB drive.

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    I found this the other day...

    http://www.ghostbootdisk.com/
    I actually didnt have much luck....maybe you will!
    Last edited by Little-Miss; 8th September 2009 at 08:31 PM.

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    Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD

    • Take one HDD
    • Create at least 2 partitions: 1 has to be a 512Mb bootable (try searching Google)
    • Install Bart PE on the 512Mb partition
    • Add Ghost (optional: add it to Bart PE's menu system)


    Viola!

    If I remember at work tomorrow, I'll search for the more detailed instructions I wrote...

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    I just use a 2.5" WD Passport drive formatted NTFS and used the Ghost Boot Wizard from the Corporate version of Ghost to make it a bootable disk!

    F12 or F11 depending on your BIOS, boot Windows PE from the 2.5" drive then upload/download your image file directly to/from the portable drive.

    One or two of these you can store a syspreped image of most of your systems.

    We also have a policy that if you can't fix it in 30 mins then image it!
    Solves 99.9% of all user problems.
    Average restore time 5-10 minutes with no network hit.

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    PE Builder: Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD
    PeToUSB: GoCoding.Com

    First create a PE environment with PE Builder – no need to create an ISO or burn to CD.

    Create a FAT Primary Partition (maximum 512Mb I believe) on the HDD you are going to use. The rest can be NTFS or FAT32 Logical Partition.

    You may want to turn off System Restore on the larger partition(s).

    Start PeToUSB and use the settings shown in the attachment.

    Click “Start” and allow program to format and continue. It will make the primary partition bootable and install Bart’s PE environment. You should now be able to boot into Bart PE from this HDD.
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    I use Gerry's method, with UBCD4WIN on the USB drive. I don't know whether I have a duff drive, but after every few boots it needs recreating .

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    @mallyg34:

    Have Pmd you

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    www.vistape.net

    i use that to create a wim file with ghost in then copy that to my wds server and network boot them into vista pe and run ghost32 in that no cds/pens/floppys needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    This is how I've done this before...

    1) Create a Windows 98 Boot floopy (google search boot disks for image)

    2) Format the USB as a system drive using Win 98 Boot floppy for system images. I believe HP have a free USB formating tool that will do this for you.

    3) Use Ghost Boot Disk creator to create a multidisk ghost floppy set.

    4) copy all files (including hidden system files) from the floppy disks to the USB drive

    5) copy the 'Ghost.exe' program from your Ghost installation dir (C:\Program Files\Ghost ?) to the 'Ghost' directory on the USB drive

    6) Edit 'Autoexec.bat' on the USB drive to replace any mention of Ram drives or Floppy drives with the relevant details for the USB drive. eg. change A:\ghost\ghost.ext to c:\ghost\ghost.ext - or what ever needs doing.

    7) Remove any mention of expanded/joining/creating a ghost.exe from Autoexec.bat as you copied a complete version of this file to the USB drive in step 5.

    8) Research into - PXE Boot, RIS, WDS, Clonezilla and FOG - as a combination of these will make your life easier than worrying about having the correct NIC drivers on the ghost USB drive.


    When I format the USB drive, what file system should I use?Also, is there a limit to the size of the USB drive?
    Last edited by mallyg34; 9th September 2009 at 02:15 PM.

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    (from memory - if using the HP formating tool) - There is a check box for format as systems disk. If this is checked it will ask where the system files are that it should use. The answer is on the Windows 98 boot floppy created in step 1.

    So far I have not found a maximum size usb drive. Used to use 4Gb drives loaded with every NIC driver I could find.

    EDIT: Re-read the question - The file system would be FAT32. Max size is whatever the max for FAT32 is - 2Tb?

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    Do you have Ghost Cast Server on yout server?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    (from memory - if using the HP formating tool) - There is a check box for format as systems disk. If this is checked it will ask where the system files are that it should use. The answer is on the Windows 98 boot floppy created in step 1.

    So far I have not found a maximum size usb drive. Used to use 4Gb drives loaded with every NIC driver I could find.

    EDIT: Re-read the question - The file system would be FAT32. Max size is whatever the max for FAT32 is - 2Tb?
    Thats strange cause I'm using a 100GB seagate external harddrive. Im using the Hp format tool, it starts formating then I get an error message the "volume is too big".

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    Quote Originally Posted by L_Smith View Post
    Do you have Ghost Cast Server on yout server?

    Yes I have ghost cast server on my server. I'm using Ghost Corp. version 11

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