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Old 02-13-2007, 06:33 PM   #1
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Question Can I Ghost a Dual Boot PC?


I was wondering what would happen if I dual booted a Windows XP machine and Linux PC and then run nortons Ghost on it to save the .GHO image. When I re-image a new machine with the .GHO image, will Linux or the MBR have any problems?

I always use Ghost on some work PC's that run XP only but now I am sick and tired or data recovery for crashing XP PC's so I am now dual booting them with Linux and NTFS mount support.

Thanks for any info!
 
Old 02-13-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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If you backup the entire drive as an image then it should be fine. If you do partitions seperately then you need to backup the mbr. There are many ways to do that. Search here on backing up the mbr for restore.

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Old 02-13-2007, 07:47 PM   #3
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Thanks, I will try this when I get some free time at work...
 
Old 02-13-2007, 07:55 PM   #4
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If you backup the entire drive then the boot loader will be Ghosted too.

I used to run Ghost but once into Linux I find "dd" is more superior.

I have just used it to back up Vista from a hard disk with 63 partitions. Vista is in hdc3. I made hdd3 the same size and in the same position of the hard disk. The system was cloned by one line of command
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dd if=/dev/hdc3 of=/dev/hdd3 bs=32768
I then boot up Vista by a Grub floppy.

You can use Linux to change the DMA setting to slow down a hard disk speed so that doddgy or dying hard disks can still be cloned, a feat not possible with commercial software.

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Old 02-13-2007, 08:11 PM   #5
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You might check out Ghost for Linux as well.

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Old 02-13-2007, 08:18 PM   #6
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It is sad to see users would try anything to stay away from the terminal commands.

The terminal commands are the very building blocks of Linux and are a rich set of tools making Linux superior to MS systems. Users never use the terminal could be only using 1/3 of what Linux is capable of.
 
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It is sad to see users would try anything to stay away from the terminal commands.

The terminal commands are the very building blocks of Linux and are a rich set of tools making Linux superior to MS systems. Users never use the terminal could be only using 1/3 of what Linux is capable of.
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