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keratos 01-16-2009 08:33 AM

no help needed but can someone explain whats going on with Ghost ...
 
Hi.

I've just procured an Acer Aspire one A150 which comes with 120GB sHDD.

I wanted to install an exact copy of a colleagues A110 which has only 8GB of solid state flash drive, running Linux (not Linpus).

I turned to Norton Ghost.

I booted of a USB stick running FreeDOS with a copy of Ghost on. I created an image of the A110 8GB partition and stored the resulting LINUX.GHO (700MB) file to my USB stick.

I then inserted the disk into my A150 and booted up. FreeDOS booted from which I run up the Ghost app, selected the 700MB LINUX.GHO file and restored this to the 120GB HDD.

I did not think this would work or if it did, I assumed it would only create a 8GB partition on the HDD with perhaps the remainder of the 120GB unusable.

Low and behold, the A150 now has a full 120GB HDD available of which about 1GB is the Linux install from my friends A110, all in a single partition.


How did this work. Whats going on?

watcher69b 01-17-2009 04:47 PM

yea Norton Ghost isn't really good with Linux. it says that it works with it but i have never had good luck restoring images. you should look into something like Mondo or cloanzilla for your linux/dual-boot systems

jglen490 01-17-2009 06:34 PM

Well, first, if it is working, then congratulations.

Second, if I understand Ghost correctly, it does a bit-wise picture of a disk. Since partition and filesystem structures are defined in bits and bytes, when the Ghost image is laid back onto another disk even if the "end" of the source is different from the "end" of the destination, everything else should be laid down such that structure as well as the data are correct. If I'm wrong, you're just lucky!!

keratos 01-23-2009 03:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by watcher69b (Post 3412281)
yea Norton Ghost isn't really good with Linux. it says that it works with it but i have never had good luck restoring images. you should look into something like Mondo or cloanzilla for your linux/dual-boot systems

Erm, I dont think you understood.

** it IS working **

never mind.

keratos 01-23-2009 03:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jglen490 (Post 3412372)
Well, first, if it is working, then congratulations.

Second, if I understand Ghost correctly, it does a bit-wise picture of a disk. Since partition and filesystem structures are defined in bits and bytes, when the Ghost image is laid back onto another disk even if the "end" of the source is different from the "end" of the destination, everything else should be laid down such that structure as well as the data are correct. If I'm wrong, you're just lucky!!

But if that was correct then how is it that a 8GB 'structure' ends up being a correctly formatted and paritioned 120GB 'structure' ?


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