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ghost 11.5.1 image loaded onto hp 8200 win7 64 bit does not boot

Created: 05 Jan 2012 • Updated: 05 Jan 2012 | 5 comments


I have created an image of an HP 8200 Elite SFF using the windows 7 pro 64 bit installer. I deleted all OEN partitions before installation of win7 pro.  After caonfiguring things I pulled the image up to the network. When I load that image onto the PC it does not boot. ? It seems like a boot record issue or a BIOS problem but I am having an issue figuring it out. 

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EdT's picture

Are you aware that Windows 7 installs two partitions, a small 100-200Mb system partition and then the main boot partition?  Unless both partitions are imaged, you will not be able to boot.

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Terry BU's picture

We have 8200s as well, and let me tell you about some of the issues we experienced.  Like you, we were originally getting rid of that extra partition.  Our boss didnt like it there, so we had eliminated it in the past.  The 8200 proved to make this very hard on us.  We originally thought it was something to do with UEFI, but it was actually that it wanted that partition.  Without that partition, it will dump all of the MSR stuff in a hidden "boot" folder.

We did a fresh install of windows (which put the MSR), and then dumped the old setup into just the regular partition.  It worked.  But only because we left that MSR there.  We then backed that up for the machines that "needed" it.

My point is that you CAN run Win7 without that partition.  We were doing it for over a year.  But we got bit hard by the 8200, and are now using it.  You really should use it

I hope this helped

Madhus's picture

Have you created image using Console or Boot Disk?

Have you created image for the disc or a specific partition?

Does the client machine has an EFI Partition?

Open the image using Ghost Explorer and check if you are able to open it up.

If Yes check if you have the 100Mb Boot partition in it.

If No, Try a fresh installation of windows 7 and then recreate the image.

Check the integrity of the image file using the steps mentioned below:

1. On the Ghost server click run--> type ghost32.exe and push enter

2. Click on the first screen

3. Click on Local --> Check --> Image

4. Browse and select the image file and check if the integrity test passes.

5. If No, Create the image again

6. If Yes, please update here.

Are you restoring the image to an identical machine or a machine of different hardware platform.

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C In Phily's picture

I Thought I Would Share My Experience Using Ghost R14 With Win 7 64 Bit.
I Have Been Using This For Years In XP, And My Method Also Works In 7-64 Bit.
My Technique Is Some What Unusual, But It Is Also Flawless.

I Will Use My Recent Purchase Of A New Dell Desktop As An Example.
It Is An XPS 8300, I7, 12 Gig Ram, 1TB HD  System.

The First Thing I Did When I Purchased Was To Disconnect The Factory C
Drive, And Install A 80 GB Intel SSD. I Built The OS From The Ground Up
Using The Factory OS Install Disk. After This Was Complete, I Removed
The SSD, And Using My Laptop (Win XP), Connected The Drive Via A USB To
 SATA Adaptor. Then I Connected An External HD, Also By USB.

From Here I Launch Ghost On My Laptop, And Do A One Time Backup
From The SSD To The External HD. Now I Put The SSD Back Into My
Desktop, And Reconnect  The Original Factory HD.
I Boot The Desktop, Blow Out Any And All Partitions On The D Drive
And Reformat It To Give Me A Clean 1TB Data Drive.

Now the Fun Begins. I Copy The Back Up File From The External HD
To A Folder Marked Ghost On D Drive On The Desktop, And My System Is Complete.
From Here, I Continue To Install More Programs And Win Updates.
When I Get A Few Installed And Working, I Do Another Round of Backup
Just Like Above. My Ghost Folder Now Contains Several Folders That Look Something
Like This:
2012-03-01 Basic OS  And All Drivers With Updates
2012-03-03 As Above With IE 9 Installed
2012-03-05 As Above With Some More Programs
2012-03-16 As Above With Some More Programs And Updates.

Currently I Have 45 Gig’s Installed, And It Takes All Of 11 Minutes To Do A Restore!
All I Do Is Pop In The Recovery Disk, Boot To CD, Select Which Backup File To Use
Select The Destination, And 11 Minutes Later (Total Time Including Booting)
My 46 GB System Is Fully Restored, Just Like It Works On My XP Systems.

I Had A Couple Of Software Failures Along The Way
( 64 Bit Is New To Me And I Was Trying Out Old Programs To Test Compatibility)
And When I Had A Failure, I Just Did A Restore.

FYI Only Programs Reside On The SSD, All My DATA Is Stored On The D Drive.

So R14 Does Not Run In 7-64, But You Can Use The Above Method And it Will Work.

On A Personal Note, This Works So Good, And So Fast, I Stopped Using Antivirus
As When I Think I Have Something, I Just Do A Restore. I Have Successfully
Rebuilt My 2 Week Old System 8 Times So Far, Without A Single Problem.

EdT's picture

Just for the record, this forum is for the support of Ghost Solution Suite, the corporate imaging solution, and not Norton Ghost (14) which is a retail product based on a different technology stream. There is a link to the Norton Community in a sticky posting at the top of this forum where you may wish to repost your contribution as I'm sure it will be helpful to the other folk using the retail product. ;-)

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