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Ghost Explorer

Created: 03 Dec 2008 • Updated: 11 Mar 2009 • 2 comments
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Ghost Explorer (Ghostexp.exe) allows you to view, add, delete, launch and extract files from a Ghost image (.gho) file.

Following task can be performed using Ghost Explorer:

  1. View image file contents and save a list of files within an image file.
  2. Extract files or directories from an image file.
  3. Add, move, copy, delete, and launch files from and within an image file.
  4. Drag-and-drop functionality.
  5. Span sizes can be set.
  6. Add/edit description of image.

Ghost Explorer supports different partition types from FAT 16 to NTFS and Linux Ext2/3

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Ghost Explorer prevents you from adding files to the root folder of Linux Ext2/3 partitions. If you add files, the new files are not visible when you restore the image, and the e2fsck tool reports errors.

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Just wanted to add that the Ghost Explorer only supports these operations for file-based (standard) images, and not sector-based images. These operation do not work on images made with -IR, or Linux images where the -IAL switch has to "fall back" to a sector-based copy (for instance, with an unsupported distribution).

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