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Removing Grub for Ghost image?

You can still image the drive using Ghost.  Grub will just have to be
reinstalled on the MBR (through the grub shell or via grub-install).

Ghost will still successfully image all drive partitions, even though the
drive will not be bootable.  Use ghost and then boot into a Linux live
environment to reinstall the MBR.

On 9/26/06, Tom Metro <blu at> wrote:
> Scott R Ehrlich wrote:
> > Symantec's web site states that Ghost 2003 (what I have) will NOT
> > work  with Grub.
> >
> > ...performed an fdisk / Grub apparently had been removed.
> >
> > What else could I be missing to fully remove Grub and permit Ghost to
> > work?
> You're removing your boot loader and reinstalling one of your OSs just
> so you can use Ghost? Is there some reason why you need to use Ghost
> that badly? There are plenty of alternative imaging programs, including
> several that are open source.
> I've used the SystemRescueCd[1] bootable Linux distribution for imaging
> and partitioning. It includes Partimage[2], which I've found to be less
> than reliable when imaging NTFS partitions, but recent versions of
> SystemRescueCd include ntfsclone, part of the ntfsprogs[3] package. It's
> a command line tool for imaging NTFS partitions and will intelligently
> skip unused space (if you enable that option). It's quite fast, too.
> (ntfsprogs also includes ntfsresize[4], which is the tool used by most
> open source partitioning tools (QtParted[5], GParted[6], etc.) to resize
> NTFS partitions.)
> If I want to image an entire disk, or Linux partitions, it's hard to
> beat dd. dd can also be used to backup the MBR, and sfdisk can be used
> to backup the partition table[7].
> It's been a long tine since I last tried Ghost, and the reason I did was
> that it promised it could store images on network drives. It turned out
> that feature was a joke - requiring DOS packet drivers and only
> supporting the most common networking hardware, and even worse, not
> supporting network file systems (I think you ran a copy of Ghost in
> "server mode" on another machine). Writing to network drives using any
> of several protocols is, of course, almost trivial with Linux.
> One place where some of the commercial imaging tools have an edge is the
> ability to store images on NTFS partitions. Write support to NTFS as
> bundled with SystemRescueCd is still a pain, requiring the use of native
> Windows drivers. Newer open source NTFS drivers should solve this
> limitation in the future. Until then, I've found it best to set up
> shared data drives using ext2 and then use a freeware ext2 driver[8] on
> the Windows side.
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>     (scroll down for MBR and partition table backup instructions)
> 8.
>   -Tom
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