The first step you should do after installing Ghost 15 is to create a System Recovery Disk (SRD) for use in restoring an Image Backup when and if needed. Note: The Ghost user’s guide (page 29 step #3) has an error in the documentation. The correct and condensed instructions are listed below.
To create a custom Symantec Recovery Disk CD
a) Attach and turn on all storage devices and network devices that you want to make available. b) Start Norton Ghost. c) Insert the Symantec Ghost 15 Installation CD into your DVD/CD drive. If necessary, specify the path or browse to the media drive in which you placed the CD. d) Click Tasks > Create Custom Recovery Disk CD. Click ‘Yes’ when you see the User Account Control prompt to allow VProCustomRE.exe to run.
e) Click ‘Next’ when you see the Symantec Recovery Disk Wizard.
f) Source Location: The DVD/CD burner drive letter. Select the appropriate drive letter and click ‘Next’.
g) Specify settings: If you have more than 1 computer change the default ‘Disk Label’ from “Custom SRD” to something that identifies the specific computer you are using, otherwise simply accept the default name. The “Burn Symantec Recovery Disk to CD/DVD” should by default be checked. Click on the DVD drive icon to highlight it All other options can be left as. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
h) Drivers to include: Typically no changes are necessary. However if you have a 64Bit Version of Windows you may see the “WAN Miniport” driver listed as “Unusable”. This is a network driver, so unless you have a network storage device this driver is of no importance for users who have an external USB drive. Review the list of storage and network drivers to be included, and add any necessary additional drivers or remove the drivers you do not need. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
i) Startup Options: Select the default keyboard layout, display language, and time zone from the respective lists. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
j) Options: Typically none are required. See page 30 of the Ghost User Manual for additional information for Networking and the optional PC Anywhere / Lights Out Restore software which must be purchased. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
k) Licensing: Use the license key you used to install and activate Ghost on your computer, accept the default and click ‘Next’.
l) Completing the Symantec Recovery Disk Wizard: This is where you have a final chance to review the options you have selected. If no changes are necessary click the ‘Finish’ button to start the creation of your custom Symantec Recovery Disk. Step #12 below is a correction to the Ghost manual.
m) About 99% of the way thru the completion of the progress bar you will receive an error message to the effect that “The CD in the drive contains previously written data and cannot be overwritten. You must insert a blank CD and press Retry or press Cancel to quit”. Basically this simply means now is the time to remove the Ghost 15 installation disc and insert a blank CD or DVD.
The ‘Writing Session’ process will begin, this will take a few minutes to complete even though the progress bar has reached 100%.
n) When the CD has been created you should see the following window as shown below. You can now safely remove the custom SRD and keep it in a labeled CD jacket for use when needed, which if all goes well will not be required to complete the goal of moving from a hard drive to a SSD. Since no Image Backups have been created there is no means of testing the SRD at this point in time.
o) Click ‘No’ to skip the SRD test. From the main menu window exit Ghost.
Intro: How to move Windows 7 from a larger Hard Drive to a smaller SSD drive using Norton Ghost 15 Page 2- 1) Install Ghost 15. Page 3 - 2) Create a System Restore Disk (SRD). Page 4 - 3) Create a baseline image backup. Page 5 - 4) Calculate the size of your Windows partition for use on the SSD. 5) Optional: Move user’s data files (Documents, Photo, Music, Etc.) to your USB drive. 6) Optional: Disable Hibernation. 7) Reduce the amount of space allowed for system restore points.
Page 6 - 8) Run Disk Cleanup and check amount of used disk space on hard drive. 9) Check amount of used disk space on hard drive. 10) Disable the Windows Scheduled Defragmentation.
Page 7 - 11) Shrink the Windows partition down to a size that will fit on your SDD. Page 8 - 12) Create Image Backup of the System, Reserved and Windows 7 partitions. 13) Verification of ACHI Mode. 14) Install and initialize the SSD drive.
Page 9 & 10 - 15) Coping the hard drive to your SSD drive from within the Windows environment.
Page 11 - 16) Create a “Performance Benchmark” reference baseline. 17) Enable Hibernation. 18) Turn on System Protection (restore points). 19) Update the performance index scores.
Page 12 - 20) Create your first Restore Point. 21) Create your first image backup of the SSD drive. 22) What to do with your hard drive. 23) Verify Windows 7 boots and both drives are listed in Disk Management.
Page 13 - 24) Move the Windows 7 pagefile (Optional). 25) Restore user’s documents from USB drive to newly created partition on hard drive.