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Create Ghost backup on local external hard drive

Created: 16 Jan 2013 • Updated: 17 Jan 2013 | 4 comments
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Hi all, I am trying to create ghost backups of harddrives.  Usually I do it over the network and it spans everything at 1.8gb automatically (one initial gho file and the rest ghs files; which is what I want).  However, when I do the exact same process and choose to create the image to a local USB harddrive, I can only get one large gho file, and for the life of me cannot figure out how to split it up.  I am loading Ghost from a cd, so it uses the Vista-looking interface.  I just want to be able to split the image so I can ultimately back up images to physical disks for long term storage.

Any info at all will be greatly appreciated smiley

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EdT's picture

Check out this technote:

Look for the Ghost command line switch "-SPLIT" - this allows you to specify the size of each backup file up to a maximum of 2048 MB.

2048 MB is the default when saving to a network location (as the type of file system cannot be established remotely), or to a FAT or FAT32 partition. When saving to NTFS, the default is one large partition unless you set the -SPLIT parameter on the Ghost command line

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eatinghotsauce's picture

Forgive my ignorance, but how would I input said switch while using the boot from cd method?  Do i just close out the gui and enter ghost.exe -split=2048?  And thank you for the quick response

EDIT- or would I have to recreate the Ghost boot disk from the Wizard?

EdT's picture

Yes, the simplest way to achieve this is to edit the command line in the Ghost Boot Wizard and then recreate the boot disk.

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eatinghotsauce's picture

Thank you so much.  For some reason I could not comprehend that from the directions in the manual.  I really appreciate the assistance smiley