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Norton Ghost 2003 Trouble


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#1 kickehy

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 03:32 PM

Ok, don't make too much fun of me...I hate symantec (for the most part) products, but I have a serious problem with my computer after trying to ghost a hard drive using Norton Ghost 2003. I installed NG2003 and ran the application like I've done a million times (well maybe not that many) before. Upon rebooting and going into the ghosting software, NG just hung there (like it does from time to time). As usual I had to reboot the computer to make it quit; now, after it rebooted it asked me whether I wanted to continue to windows or go back into the NG software. Obviously, I chose to go into windows. Well, the screen just set there all black with the blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner. This has happened to me before after doing this, so I just let it sit for a long time because before it would take like 10 minutes and would go back into windows....I let it sit overnight, but it would NOT boot back into windows. So, I tried reboot and then all of the sudden it would give me this message: "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER." (Granted this is a BRAND NEW hard drive). So me being a person that thinks he knows some things, I pop in the windows system disk and do a repair install to windows (and yes it DOES find the previous install of windows on there just fine) but still get the same message upon reboot. So I go back into the system disk and do a chkdsk /r hoping that might repair something, but again, I get the same message. The last thing I tried to do to the disk was go into the recovery console and do a fixmbr (which didn't work) and then I tried a fixboot (which, again, didn't work). As a last desperate measure I thought by some long shot it might be a motherboard setting so I took out the bios battery and reset my bios, but alas, it didn't work. So, I'm at a huge loss and this hard drive is VERY important to me. Anyone have any ideas?

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#2 kickehy

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:00 PM

Ok everyone I figured it out! I found out that Norton Ghost mounts a virtual drive and that if you exit out of NG the wrong way, that virtual drive can still be mounted and screw everything up. So, all you have to do is use a bootable NG image cd and use that and do a check of the partition from the menu in the bootable cd. In doing so it unmounts that virtual drive and, viola!, your computer will boot back up just fine! w00t!




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