Issues with P4C 800 Deluxe / SATA drive & Norton Ghost?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Krusty, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. Krusty

    Krusty Guest

    Does anyone have any ideas or can they tell me if the following is normal

    Using a P4C 800 Deluxe board with a SATA drive (non raid) I can't use Norton
    Ghost (2003) unless I firstly change the BIOS setting: Main> IDE
    Configuration, from "Enhanced Mode" (Normal) to "Compatibility Mode"

    The drawback doing this is that I can not write images directly to removable
    media (CD-R/RW) as being at DOS level the CD drive does not appear in the
    "Compatibility Mode". If I leave the IDE Configuration on Enhanced Mode then
    Norton Ghost will not work as it can't see the hard drive (SATA) & locks up.

    I therefore have to save the images to a Hard Drive Partition using the
    Ghost Split = 650 switch to force the image to split into 650 Meg files. I
    then later on (once Enhanced Mode has been restored) from Windows (XP) write
    these images to CD-R/RWs making the first disk bootable (with GHOST.EXE in
    the boot image). However as the CD or DVD & SATA drives can't co-exist at
    DOS level a restore isn't possible from the CD or DVD disks!

    It's an annoying work around & I thought that others may have solved the
    problem by a BIOS setting though I have tried basically every setting there
    is to no avail! I like the speed of the SATA drive but am seriously thinking
    of giving it the flick & using a standard parallel drive!

    Thanks in advance for any feedback or tips!
    Krusty, Feb 8, 2004
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  2. Krusty

    Tim Guest

    Hi there,

    Are you saying that by changing the BIOS settings you can use Ghost 2003 to
    read the SATA boot drive can it see any other SATA drives to copy the Ghost
    image to and then can you Ghost back the Ghost image to the SATA boot drive?

    I just thought Ghost didn't work on the SATA non raid drives so I use Casper
    XP but if Ghost is going to work great.

    Many thanks, Tim.
    Tim, Feb 8, 2004
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  3. Krusty

    Krusty Guest

    Hi Tim,

    Yes Ghost 2003 does work if you change to the BIOS to Compatibility mode
    before saving the image to a partition (other than "C"). It's not the ideal
    situation but works fine & is lightening fast. That is if you have GHOST.EXE
    on a floppy drive or on a partition. BTW you can fit all of the necessary
    files for Ghost 2003 on a single floppy disk 1.44MB you just remove the
    unnecessary files. all that's needed is the boot files (COMMAND.COM,
    CONFIG.SYS, IO.SYS, - MOUSE.COM & AUTOEXEC.BAT are optional). I also keep
    CD-ROM drivers & FORMAT on the disk.

    Ghost 2003 is much larger than V7.5 something like 750KB compared to 1MB so
    you can stick with V7.5 if need be.

    As a precaution I split the images at either 650MB or 700MB (using a Ghost
    switch e.g.: GHOST -SPLIT=700 -auto) via batch files. Then copy the
    resulting images to CD-R/RWs. I haven't yet needed to do a restore from the
    CDs but there would be ways such as copy them to the hard drive then

    I have done many restores (Ghost) from the partition without any problems
    (Under Compatibility & not Enhanced)! You kind of confirmed my findings
    about SATA drives, I thought it was maybe just an issue that I hadn't found
    an easy fix for!
    Krusty, Feb 8, 2004
  4. Krusty

    Tim Guest

    Hi there,

    Yes I have Ghost 2003 on a FD so will try it tomorrow not bothered about
    writing it to a CD or DVD disk as I have spare SATA drives to write the
    image to just in case I need to recover using the Ghost image, suppose I
    could write it to a DVD if needed.

    I like Casper as you can write the total boot partition to another
    drive/partition from windows even if the drives are in raid formation which
    is quite handy, however I don't use raid at the moment so Ghost would be

    Will let you know if I meet with problems, hope not.

    Many thanks, Tim.
    Tim, Feb 8, 2004
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