How to create an MS-DOS system disk for Ghost

Article:TECH107936  |  Created: 2001-01-24  |  Updated: 2007-01-14  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH107936
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Technical Solution

Environment

Issue



This document describes how to create a Ghost bootable floppy disk that uses the MS-DOS system files.


Solution



In many situations, Ghost requires a bootable floppy disk to start the computer. In some situations, problems that occur with a floppy disk that uses PC-DOS can be resolved by using MS-DOS on the floppy disk.

This document provides instructions for creating a Ghost bootable floppy disk that uses MS-DOS. These instructions use a Windows Startup disk and Ghost Boot Wizard.
In the following instructions, use Windows 95 or Windows 98. Though Windows Me/NT/2000/XP can create system disks, Ghost uses the version of MS-DOS that is included with Windows 95/98 (DOS version 7.0 or 7.01). For compatibility with FAT32 partitions, use MS-DOS 7.01.

Note: When using the Ghost bootable floppy disk, the computer displays many messages and errors on startup. Entries in the Autoexec.bat file that may not apply to that specific computer cause the errors. Typical messages include: "Preparing to start computer," "Bad command or file name," "Path not found -:\command.com," "File not found - extract.exe," and "File not found - readme.txt." In most cases, these errors do not indicate any problems with Ghost.

To create an MS-DOS system disk with Windows 95/98
  1. Insert a blank, formatted floppy disk.
  2. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  4. Click the Startup Disk tab.
  5. Click Create Disk. Follow the prompts.
    To configure the Symantec Ghost 8.x Ghost Boot Wizard to use the MS-DOS system files
    1. Insert a blank, formatted floppy disk.
    2. Click Start > Programs > Symantec Ghost > Ghost Boot Wizard.
    3. Follow the prompts to create a bootable floppy disk.
      For a description of the which types of boot disk to create, see the section "Boot disks listed by use" in How to choose a type of boot disk or boot image.
    4. When the choice for PC-DOS or MS-DOS appears, click Get MS-DOS, and then insert the Windows 95/98 Boot Disk into the floppy disk drive.
      The Ghost Boot Wizard copies the MS-DOS system files from the Startup Disk to the hard disk. These are the MS-DOS files that the Ghost Boot Wizard places on the Ghost bootable floppy disk.
    5. When you see the choice for Format, Quick Format, Full Format, and so on, check an option which includes the word "Format." The exact choices differ according to the operating system that is running. If you do not check one of the formatting options, rather than an option such as "Copy system files," the bootable floppy disk may use an unsupported DOS version. Checking the format option ensures that Ghost copies a supported DOS version to the bootable floppy disk.
    6. If you are using an older Ghost version, see the section "Older Ghost versions" for how to make changes to the Ghost bootable floppy disk.

    To configure the Norton Ghost 2003 Ghost Boot Wizard to use the MS-DOS system files
    1. Insert a blank, formatted floppy disk.
    2. Click Start > Programs > Norton Ghost 2003 > Norton Ghost.
    3. In the left pane, click Ghost Utilities > Norton Ghost Boot Wizard.
    4. Follow the prompts to create a bootable floppy disk.
      For a description of the which types of boot disk to create, see the section "Boot disks listed by use" in How to choose a type of boot disk or boot image.
    5. When the choice for PC-DOS or MS-DOS appears, click Get MS-DOS, and then insert the Windows 95/98 Boot Disk into the floppy disk drive.
      The Ghost Boot Wizard copies the MS-DOS system files from the Startup Disk to the hard disk. These are the MS-DOS files that the Ghost Boot Wizard places on the Ghost bootable floppy disk.
    6. When you see the choice for Format, Quick Format, Full Format, and so on, check an option which includes the word "Format." The exact choices differ according to the operating system that is running. If you do not check one of the formatting options, rather than an option such as "Copy system files," the bootable floppy disk may use an unsupported DOS version. Checking the format option ensures that Ghost copies a supported DOS version to the bootable floppy disk.
    7. If you are using an older Ghost version, see the section "Older Ghost versions" for how to make changes to the Ghost bootable floppy disk.

    Older Ghost versions
    Norton Ghost 2002, 2003, and Symantec Ghost 7.5 automatically make changes so that the bootable floppy disk has only the files that are necessary for running Ghost. If you have an older Ghost version, you must make the changes manually. Perform each of the following steps in the order listed.

    Configure Windows to show all files
    If you cannot see one or more of these files on the disk, then your Folder Options may be set to hide them. You can use these directions to modify your Folder Options to allow you to view all files. Please note that these directions assumed that you have opened the floppy disk through My Computer.
    1. Click Tools > Folder Options.
    2. Click the View tab.
    3. Select Show hidden files and folder.
    4. Clear Hide file extensions for known file types.
    5. Clear Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
    While this allows you to see all files on this floppy disk, we recommended that, when finished, you replace these options.

    Delete specific files from the floppy disk
    The Windows Me Startup Disk includes files that are not needed for booting. These files have been copied to the Ghost bootable floppy disk. To make room for other files, delete the following files from the Ghost bootable floppy disk:
    SETRAMD.BAT
    README.TXT
    RAMDRIVE.SYS
    HIBINV.EXE
    FIXIT.EXE
    FINDRAMD.EXE
    EXTRACT.EXE
    EBDUNDO.EXE
    EBD.SYS
    EBD.CAB
    CHECKSR.BAT
    HIMEM.SYS
    FDISK.EXE

    Keep or remove the SCSI drivers
    Ghost Boot Wizard automatically copies SCSI drivers to the bootable floppy disk.
    • If you have SCSI devices or use a CD-ROM boot disc, then do not delete the following files. SCSI devices and CD-ROM boot discs require one or more of these files.
    • If you do not have SCSI devices or will not have a CD-ROM boot disc, then delete the following files.

    ASPI2DOS.SYS
    ASPI4DOS.SYS
    ASPI8DOS.SYS
    ASPI8U2.SYS
    ASPICD.SYS
    BTCDROM.SYS
    BTDOSM.SYS
    OAKCDROM.SYS
    FLASHPT.SYS
      Verify remaining files
      After you delete the previous files, the floppy disk still includes the following files. These files are required for starting the computer into a DOS environment and connecting to various devices.
      COMMAND.COM
      MSDOS.SYS
      IO.SYS
      AUTOEXEC.BAT
      CONFIG.SYS

      Verify Ghost files
      Verify that Ghost copied the files that are appropriate for your version of Ghost to the bootable floppy disk. If the files are not on the floppy disk, copy the files from the hard disk to the Ghost bootable floppy disk.
      • Symantec Ghost 7.0 and Symantec Ghost 7.5
        Ghost.exe
        Ghost.env
        Wattcp.cfg
      • Norton Ghost 2002, Norton Ghost 2001 and Ghost in Norton SystemWorks version 5.x
        Ghostpe.exe
        Ghost.env
        Wattcp.cfg

      Note: Not all situations require the Ghost.env and Wattcp.cfg files:
      • The consumer Ghost versions require Wattcp.cfg only when cloning over a TCP/IP peer-to-peer connection.
      • The corporate Ghost versions require Wattcp.cfg in the same circumstances as the consumer versions, plus in some instances when using Ghost Multicast Server, GhostCast Server, and Ghost Console.
      • The consumer Ghost versions require Ghost.env only when copying Ghostpe.exe directly from the Ghost CD (instead of from the hard disk to which Ghost was installed).
      • The corporate Ghost versions require Ghost.env in the same circumstances as the consumer versions and in some instances that involve customizing Ghost or licensing Ghost. For customization information, see the document How to customize Ghost for individual users.


      Edit the Config.sys file
      To edit the Config.sys file that is on the bootable floppy disk, open the file with any text editor, such as Notepad.
      • If you have SCSI devices or you will use a CD-ROM boot disc, verify that Config.sys contains the following lines.
      • If you do not have SCSI devices or will not have a CD-ROM boot disc, then delete the following lines.
      device=oakcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
      device=btdosm.sys
      device=flashpt.sys
      device=btcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
      device=aspi2dos.sys
      device=aspi8dos.sys
      device=aspi4dos.sys
      device=aspi8u2.sys
      device=aspicd.sys /D:mscd001
        Edit the Autoexec.bat file
        If you want Ghost to start automatically when starting from the bootable floppy disk, add the following command appropriate to your version of Ghost to the end of the Autoexec.bat file on the bootable floppy disk:
        • Norton Ghost 2001 or later: ghostpe.exe
        • Symantec Ghost 6.x or later: ghost.exe

        To edit the Autoexec.bat, open the file with any text editor, such as Notepad.



        References
        Related problems

        Error: "NTLDR is missing" when start computer from a floppy disk
        Error: "The file "A:\MSDOS.SYS" could not be found" while creating a bootable floppy disk in Norton Ghost 2002 Boot Wizard
        Error: "The destination file IBMbio.com cannot be opened...Error 1005" when creating a Ghost boot disk
        Error: "IBMBIO.COM not found" while creating a bootable floppy disk in Boot Wizard

        Additional information
        How to create a Microsoft Client boot disk
        Microsoft licensing for MS DOS files





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