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Boot Wizard help in GSS 2.5

Created: 16 Oct 2012 | 3 comments

 

Hello,

 

I am trying to create a bootable external drive to ghost a machine we have in a non-networked location.  I have used this drive in the past to do this, however it recently was reformatted via user error.  When I try to create the bootable external hard drive I get to the point where I select the drive after unchecking "Show only removable Devices" and I receive the error "The drive is currently write protected. Remove the write protection or select another drive." I can manually write to the drive not using ghost so I am at a loss.  Any suggestions would be helpful.

 

Thanks

Jesse

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EdT's picture

Is this a USB flash drive, or a USB hard disk? What operating system are you trying to install on it? (DOS or WinPE)

What build of GSS 2.5 are you using?

Are your USB ports protected in some way as a security measure?

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jesse.blommer's picture

 

Hello and thanks for your response.  This is for an external USB Hard Disk. I am running Windows 7 x64 and trying WinPE.  I don’t know where to locate the build but I am running 2.5.1; I just downloaded the latest verison yesterday from the website and reinstalled.  I have used this exact drive in the past doing the exact same thing, however a new user here accidently selected the wrong source/destination when imaging yesterday so the drive is no longer functioning. I had to reformat the drive in windows then launched boot wizard to build it again.

Thanks

Jesse

EdT's picture

OK, let me go over the process in outline so that you can check whether you have missed anything.

2.5.1 comes with WinPE 2 which is based on the Vista kernel (32 bit). Consequently, as you are booting WinPE 2, you need to ensure that it is provisioned with the correct Vista 32 bit drivers for any NIC and SATA chipsets used in your machine inventory. You need to add these drivers using Ghost Boot Wizard, and then make sure they are selected before you create the boot image. Drivers need to include a .INF, .SYS and .CAT file as a minimum but often include other files, typically DLL files.

There are articles in the KB which cover these topics in more detail and you can also search on DRVLOAD which is a WinPE utility that allows you to mount drivers from the command line, which can be a quick way of checking if candidate drivers are compatible and work.

Once you have a working USB device, make a backup of the WIM file, which contains the boot image with drivers, so if you lose it again in the future, you can just recreate the basic WinPE boot and then substitute your saved WIM for the default one.

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