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Ghost Partition: Virtual or Physical

Created: 29 May 2006 • Updated: 22 May 2010 | 2 comments

What are the advantages/disadvantages to using a Physical ghost partition vs. Virtual partition.

We have been using virtual partition up to this point, but I am interested in thoughts one way or the other.


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Andrew Stephens's picture


the Ghost Boot Partition and the Virtual Partition are pretty much equivalent in terms of functionality, so if you are currently happy with the VP there is no reason to change. The VP is much more convenient, and is the preferred method of booting a computer into DOS. The GBP requires more work to set up, but can be installed on machines that do not already have a OS (for the initial roll-out via PXE, for example).

One advantage that the GBP has is that it persists between reboots into DOS. If you have DOS applications that creates files that you need to access in a later session then running them from a GBP could be useful. Not many people need to do this, however.

I hope this answers your question.

Vincent Yu's picture

I'm in favour of using the Virtual Partition; but off the top of my head:

Virtual Partition
* you don't need to repartition your drive

* needs contiguous hard-disk space - so it may take some time during the first creation to defragment the HD
* there's a chance of having compatibility issues - since the virtual partition may overlap existing partitions

Ghost Boot Partition
* easier to access for file retrieval etc.

* not easy to create - you need to create an image of the drive, then create the Ghost Boot Partition, then lay the image back down