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print this documentDocument ID:1998123107455525
Last Modified:05/03/2005

Burning a Ghost image file to a CD/DVD

Situation:You want to create a Ghost image and have the image file written to your CD/DVD R/RW drive.

Solution:Depending on your Ghost version, you have up to three methods for saving an image file to the CD/DVD R/RW disc:
  • Split the file during image creation: Run Ghost to create the image and save it as a file to a different hard drive or other storage media. Instruct Ghost to split the image file as it is being created. Ghost splits the image file into files small enough to fit on CD-R/RW discs. Then burn the image files to the discs, using your CD recording software.
  • Split the file after image creation: Run Ghost to create the image and save it as a file to a different hard drive or other storage media. After the process has completed, run Ghost Explorer to split the image file into files small enough to fit on CD-R/RW discs. Then burn the image files to the discs, using your CD recording software.
  • Save the file directly to the CD/DVD R/RW discs: Run Ghost to create the image and save it as a file directly to the CD/DVD R/RW discs. Symantec Ghost 8.x, 7.5, and Norton Ghost 2003, and 2002 support saving an image file directly to the CD/DVD. See the document How to save an image file directly to a CD/DVD R/RW disc.


    Note: With Ghost, a DOS system disk is used to start the computer and run Ghost. For more information on this, see the document How to create a DOS system disk for Ghost.

The remainder of this document discusses the first two options. Both of these options use Ghost to create the image file and save it to storage media other than the CD/DVD R/RW disc, and then copy the image file to a CD/DVD R/RW disc.


Note: Some CD-ROM recorder manufacturers provide software that you can use to write directly to the CD-R as though it was a regular drive letter. This approach is not recommended while creating image files. For more information see the document Ghost image files appear as multiple smaller files on CD.

Before creating the image file, decide how you will split the image and where to save the image file. These choices determine which of the two methods you will use for running Ghost.

How to split the image file
Many image files are larger than the capacity of a CD (about 650 MB). In order to fit the image onto a CD, you must split the image file into a size that will fit on a CD-ROM. To account for any difference in capacity or for additional files you might need, such as when creating a bootable CD, we recommend that you split the image at a size of 600 to 620 MB for a 650 MB CD disc.

You have two options for splitting the image file:
If you are saving the Ghost image file to a DVD R/RW, the image does not need to be split or saved into 650 MB chunks. Because Ghost boots into DOS to save the image, DOS has a file size limitation of 2 GB. Therefore, if your image is larger than 2 GB, each Ghost image chunk will be saved in a file size no larger than 2 GB. This will allow you to save your image file(s) to a DVD R/RW disc.

Where to save the image file
If you choose to create and save the image file before copying the file to a CD/DVD R/RW disc, you must choose where to initially save the image file. Save the image file to one of the following devices:
Procedure summary
Regardless of where you save the image file, use the following general steps to split the image as you create the image. More information on these steps can be found in the documents previously referred to.

To split an image as the image is being created
  1. Start the computer from a floppy disk (to boot the computer into DOS).
    To use this method with Norton Ghost 2003 from Windows, use the option Create Virtual Partition and add Ghost.exe to the tab User files. To use the Backup option in Norton Ghost 2003, see the section To split an image as the image is being created, with Norton Ghost 2003.
  2. If saving the image file to a Zip or Jaz drive, run the Guest.exe program.
  3. Run the Ghost executable file with the switches -SPLIT=600 and -AUTO:

    ghost -split=600 -auto
  4. Choose the means for saving the file:
    • If saving a partition to a local disk, Zip drive, or Jaz drive, choose Local, then Partition, and then To Image.
    • If saving a disk to a local disk, Zip drive, or Jaz drive, choose Local, then Disk, and then To Image.
    • If saving a disk to another computer by means of a parallel port connection (an LPT port), choose LPT, and then either Slave or Master.
    • If saving a disk or partition to another computer over a network (using Ghost Multicast), choose Multicast.
  5. Identify the source disk or partition: When prompted, select which physical disk you will create an image of. If creating an image of a partition instead, choose which physical disk that partition resides on, and then on the following screen choose the partition.
  6. Identify the target disk or partition: When prompted, select which physical disk (or Zip or Jaz disk) you will save the image to. If creating an image of a partition instead, choose which physical disk that partition resides on, and then on the following screen choose which partition to write over.
  7. Answer any remaining prompts, such as whether to use file compression.


To split an image as an image is being created with Norton Ghost 2003
  1. Click Start > Programs > Norton Ghost 2003 > Norton Ghost.
  2. Click Ghost Basic, and then Backup. This step starts the Backup Wizard. Click Next.
  3. Click the source partition or disk.
  4. Choose File or Recordable CD or DVD, and then click Next. The option File saves the image file to media such as another hard disk, or a Zip or Jaz drive. The option Recordable CD or DVD saves the image file directly to a CD/DVD R/RW drive.
    If you choose File, click Browse to select a location for the new file. Navigate to a location to save the image to, type in a file name, click Save, and then click Next.
    If you choose Recordable CD or DVD, modify the description and then click Next.
  5. Click Advanced Settings.
  6. Click the Ghost Command Line tab.
  7. Type -split=600 -auto into the box. If you are saving the image file to a Zip or Jaz drive, click the tab User files and add the file Guest.exe. Click Apply > OK > Next.
  8. Click Next > Continue > Run Now > OK. Ghost restarts the computer into Ghost.exe and the image is saved into the appropriate location.

After Ghost finishes creating the image file(s), use the instructions for your CD/DVD R/RW for burning the files to a CD/DVD.


References:How to troubleshoot problems writing to CD-R and CD-RW drives

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Last Modified:05/03/2005


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Product(s): Norton Ghost 2003, Symantec Ghost 7.0, Symantec Ghost 7.5, Symantec Ghost 8.0, Symantec Ghost 8.2, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 1.0
Operating Systems(s): DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Linux
Date Created: 12/31/1998

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