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Ghost32 Version 11.5.1 - Selecting Local Drives As Image Sources:

Created: 16 May 2013 • Updated: 16 May 2013 | 5 comments
MKH's picture

When I backup my local hard drives to other local hard drives and select Local\Disk\ToImage a source menu appears that list all my local drives and in the title bar at the top of the application to the right of Ghost32 11.5.1 there is a message that says click on the drive you want to be the source for the image file you wish to create.

 

In looking at the lists of drives the drives model number is listed but there are no logical letter references nor are the volume label references in the source menu. I have several WD 80GB hard drives and I not able to tell them apart from the source menu. The drives are not listed in the source menu in the same order as listed in Windows Explorer by the logical driver letter or label name. I tried to drill down on the drives in source menu but no other information was available. I noticed the drive labels are referenced in the destination drop down menu where you select and name and where the ghost image file is to be saved but the drives model numbers are not listed in the destination drop down menu like they are in the source menu so there is no way to do a cross reference from the drop down menu using the label and driver model number to reference the drive back to the drive listed by its model number in the source menu.

 

To resolve the problem I used Windows Explorer and the drive properties in the device manager to reference the drive’s model number by having properties populate the volume information on the volume tab where the drives logical letter and model number are listed. From the volume tabs under properites in the device manager I created a list of my drives on a sheet of paper that includes the drives logical letter, label name and model number which I refer to when I back my drives up booting from WinPE to Ghost32.

 

Is there away to see the logical drive references or labels in the source menu or some other way to keep up with the drives in Ghost32 as referenced in Windows?

 

Sincerely,

Mark

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EdT's picture

Are you running Ghost from DOS, WinPE, or the native operating system?

I suspect Ghost is listing the drives in "system" order; basically in the order that the bios finds them when it does its startup scan of the hardware. This of course can be totally differerent to the order in which drive letters have been allocated, as you have noted.

Your solution is pretty much the optimal one where you have several identical drives.

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MKH's picture

I am running Ghost from WinPE. I used to RAID0 before going SSD and I have a bunch of idential hard drives that I am using as storage. Each drive has one primary partition that uses all the available space on the drive and one logical letter associated with it. When I back these drives up I like to include the logical letter in the naming convention of the backup files to reference them. I guess it could get nasty fast if I had multiple partitions and letters for each drive.

EdT's picture

Since you are using WinPE, you have the option of using WMI to examine your hard disks. The Win32_DiskDrive class returns your list of hard disks identified as \\PhysicalDrive0, \\PhysicalDrive1, etc, whereas the Win32_LogicalDisk class returns all the drive letters on the system, and each drive letter has a VolumeName property that allows you to read any label that has been assigned to that disk.

WMI also allows you to create GUI interfaces using HTA files (basically a browser interface), and since the underlying code is vbscript, you can use it to drive the WMI code and develop a fully automated solution if required.

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EdT's picture

I forgot to say - download a copy of WMIExplorer - you can run this under regular windows and click on any of the classes in the list and explore what the machine you are running on actually returns. 

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