I see this question almost everyday: How do I restore Symantec Ghost
I showed you how to make an image (also known as a Norton Ghost image) of your hard drive. Here I will show you how to do
the Symantec (Norton) Ghost restore!
Note: If you use DOS or a 16bit Operating System you could do your
restore from the command line, although not as pretty as Ghost32 in say BartPE
or with an ERD disk with the GUI (Graphics User Interface) it will be faster. The
problem is with the DOS or 16bit OS you have to have a driver or program that
can access large hard drives and partitions over 32 MB.
Boot your computer from an external device or a
because you are restoring or replacing the Boot Partition
of the computer you don't want it running or the process will not proceed.
Note: If you get stuck or need to make a
ghost.env file to set your special parameters do so before you put the
ghost program on a CD/DVD because the env file can not be changed once it is on a
CD. Use the Help function for the switches (options) you want to use when
you are making your images.
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Using Symantec Ghost image instructions:
Start the Ghost32 program:
|Select image / partition / from image.
|Go to the storage drive and select the
the target drive, note there are two drives here, one is the target drive
(top) and the source drive (bottom).
If you have a new drive and the image is stored else
where you can use Ghost to create the partition, just click in the box that
will be highlighted, type in the size in MB of the new partition. Be sure to
set the new partition to "Active" or your computer will not start!
Be careful you will over write the storage drive if
it is a hard drive!
|Proceed? This is your last chance to insure you are on the
correct drive, look as the white writing at the lower half of the screen, it
tells you about the image file and the target drive.
|Progress indicator, this drive was being imaged from an
external USB hard drive, it is slow because the port on the target computer
is a ver 1.1 USB port, very slow.
|Image now on
the target drive, you can restart now or shut down the system and remove the
external drive if it is a bootable device.
If you created a new partition or deleted and created another partition
you have to make the partition bootable...
Restart and Enjoy!
Note: MS in it Greatest Wisdom has discontinued Symantec Ghost software as
of 1 Feb, 2014. They believe the kludge built into Windows 7 and 8 is sufficient
to do the job. You may want to try to find the program before any packages that
are left are gone... or try Acronis True Image (I am an affiliate for
If the image is fairly new then your data restore from your back up should go
quickly. If the image is pretty old and you had installed software programs
since the image was made you will have to reinstall those also. The idea is to
image when you feel there has been significant changes to your software
Before you can
Restore Symantec Ghost image you have to make it!
Your recovery is only as good as your
Or you could use Acronis True Image.