How to save a large image file onto separate CD-ROMs

Article:TECH107164  |  Created: 2000-01-07  |  Updated: 2007-01-16  |  Article URL
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You have an image file that is too large to fit on a single CD-ROM disc. You want to split the file into smaller files so that you can save each file onto a separate CD-ROM disc.


To save a large image file onto separate CD-ROM discs, use one of the following methods:

All Ghost versions
All recent Ghost versions can save image files directly to CD-ROM discs. Ghost automatically splits the image file into files that are small enough to fit on the CD-R/RW discs. See the document How to save an image file directly to a CD-R/RW disk.
If the Ghost image file is saved to the hard drive first, and then copied to CD-ROM discs, use these steps:
Ghost 7.0 and later
When you use Ghost to create the image file, use the following steps:
  1. Have Ghost save the image file to a large drive.
  2. Use Ghost Explorer to split the file into smaller files. See the section "To split an image file that was already created" in this document. Note that Ghost Explorer makes each of the small files the same size (the last file will usually be smaller than the others) and does not modify the original file.
  3. Use your CD software to copy the smaller files to the CD-ROM discs. See the document Burning a Ghost Image to a CD.

The remainder of this document explains how to use Ghost Explorer to split an image file into smaller files.

To split an existing image file
  1. Click Start > Programs > Symantec Ghost > Ghost Explorer.
  2. Click File > Open. The Open dialog box appears.
  3. Navigate to and then double-click the file name. The file opens, and then the Ghost Explorer window reappears.
  4. Select the partition or disk that you want to save to the CD-ROM.
    To select the entire image file, select the name of the image file.
    To select just one partition, select the volume name from the left window pane.
  5. Click View > Options.
    Specify a maximum file size that is smaller than the capacity of the CD disc. For older CDs, we recommend 600 to 620 MB. For newer CDs, we recommend 650 to 680 MB. This allows for differences in CD disk capacities and allows room for additional files, such as when you want to make the CD bootable.
  6. Check the Autoname spans option, and then click OK. If the Autoname spans option is not checked, Ghost Explorer prompts for a new file name each time the split size is met.
  7. Click File > Compile. Select a location for the new files.
  8. Type a name for the first file. Using a different name than that of the original file will make it easier to keep track of the files. To make sure you do not write over the original file, use either a different location than the original file, a different name for the new file, or both.
  9. Click OK. As soon as you click OK, the compile process begins. You cannot close the Ghost Explorer window until the process is complete. Note that the progress is displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the Ghost Explorer window.
  10. Click OK each time Ghost displays the message "Image file has reached size limit."

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