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By ronrich61 ·
At my work place, where I am learning the network job, there are 11 computers, different hardware ages, all with Win 98 installed. The server is NT. Computers are connected to the NT domain, and I would like to create hard disk images for some of newer machines. The problem is I don't have the right idea. All computers do have only one - primary partition. Is it possible to create new partition using Partition Magic, but without backing up data, because we did not solved backup problem until now. Is it possible to create a folder on the primary partition (c: drive)and create image in that folder. Or how to use the network to create. Is there a Norton ghost version that enables us to create a disk image through the network? If somebody wants to help, please write me as soon as posible, and please with more details what and how to do. I appreciate in advance.

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by rapidad In reply to Creating disk image

Both Drive Image Pro and Norton Ghost will allow you to create images from one machine over the network (local) to another hdd. Drive Image Pro(DIP) also lets you write images straight to a cdwriter.
I personally use DIP to create images split into650 mb blocks transfered to a server with cdwriter. that way i can make backup images of all 20 boxes we have in the classroom to disk. Each box depending on what config is on at the time of imaging (so you see you can have several different images for each box) uses about 3-6 cds. I think the same can be done with Norton Ghost, but you will have to read the box.

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by ronrich61 In reply to Creating disk image

Thank you for your answer.

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by Lizzy In reply to Creating disk image

Ghost does split the image before -or- after creating the image file. Check the Split and Span commands at the Symantec site for syntax. You will need to use the latest version of Ghost so that you can run it while booted to an NTFS partition\OS. You cannot create an image to a partition where the image is coming from, it must be to a different partition whether network drive, CD drive or separate partition. Ghost can copy to a CD drive, that syntax is also at the Symantec site. I don't think Partition Magic can create a new partition from an existing one without destroying the existing one. You -can- make an existing partition larger w\ Partition Magic from free space that isn't formatted. Hope this helps.

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by ronrich61 In reply to Creating disk image

Thank you for your answer.

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by VinnyD In reply to Creating disk image

The Norton Ghost Enterprise version has a Ghost server that can run on the NT server. You can then create a boot diskette for you workstations and connect thru the network for ghosting the image of the harddrive to the server or from the server to the workstation.

Be aware that this does cause a lot of network traffic. On a smaller network like yours that may not be a problem. But on larger ones it is.

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by ronrich61 In reply to Creating disk image

Thank you.

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by bob.west In reply to Creating disk image

Is it possible to create new partition using Partition Magic, but without backing up data? ---
YES! Quote from their webpage "Create, resize, split, move, and merge partitions on the fly - Use PartitionMagic's patented technology to safely modify partitions without losing your data."
Check out the following website: http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/pmdetails.cfm

*** It is a good practice to backup user data prior to any procedure of this nature.

After creating your new partition, you will be able to use Ghost to create an image of the C drive by storing the image on the new partition D. Of course, if you have a CD burner, you can burn the image to CDs.

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