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Creating a Custom Symantec Recovery Disk ISO file for your DVD or USB device

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Have you ever needed to create a Ghost image of your computer or apply a Ghost image to your computer on Windows 7? Then you need to create a bootable DVD from which you will be able start the Symantec Recovery Disk.

The Symantec Recovery Disk is a utility that allows you to boot a small OS from the DVD drive or a USB flash drive and utilize various Symantec Tools, i.a. making and restoring Ghost images, using either external storage devices or over the network (LAN).

Creating a customized version of the Recovery Disk is real handy, if you want to avoid entering the product code and other parameters every time you want to use the utility.

Create a Custom Symantec Recovery Disk by following the step-by-step instructions found below:

Prerequisites: Firstly, you should make sure that

  • you have a stationary or laptop PC installed with Windows 7 (any version) and
  • you have installed Norton Ghost 15 on the computer, and have the product code handy
  • you have a copy of the standard Symantec Recovery Disk ISO image, which may be obtained at this link: Symantec Recovery Disk ISO
  • you have extracted the contents of the standard ISO file to a subfolder for later use.
  • you have an available copy of the 32-bit Vista compatible network adapter drivers (Ethernet adapter only as Wireless WILL not work) for the PCs which you will be handling.

When you are sure of the above, proceed as follows:

1. Start Norton Ghost 15 – you will see the following (under the advanced button):

2. Select the Tasks menu from the menu bar, and then select “Create Custom Recovery Disk”. All devices which you wish to use with the disk should be started at this time. click Next.

3. You will see the Symantec Disk Recovery Disk Wizard start page – click Next

4. Specify the location of the subfolder where  theb contents extracted from the standard Symantec Recovery Disk ISO file were saved (see instructions in the Prerequisites section) and click Next.

5. Specify a Disk Label and the name of the new customized ISO file. At this point you can either burn directly to a DVD or save the custom ISO image to a location in the file system for future use (which is the option which worked for me). Note that it is not possible to save the ISO file to the file system and burn it to a DVD/CD simultaneously, you must chose one of the two options.

6. Add or remove drivers in to be included/excluded from the ISO image. This is where you specify Ethernet network adapter drivers for the PCs you will be booting up with the recovery DVD. Remember: Norton Ghost 15 does not recognize wireless adapters, and can only use the 32-bit Vista-compatible drivers for the Ethernet adapters. Click Next.

7. Specify Time Zone, display language and keyboard layout.

8.  Set network option: use a static  or a dynamic IP.

9. Select the Ethernet network driver to boot up on. (Apology for the small error in the above illustration, as Norton Ghost 15 does not recognize Wireless network adapters).

10.  Agree to use the same license number for the Recovery Disk as your license for the Norton Ghost product – this makes yor Recovery Disk legal!

11. Click Finish to complete the creation of the custom recovery ISO file.

12. Your custom recovery ISO file has now been created and saved to a location in the file system.

At this time you may choose to burn the ISO file to a DVD or you may save the ISO to a location in the file system for future use.

In either case you now have a licensed, legal, network enabled Symantec Custom Recovery Disk, which you may use to make a Ghost image of your PC or copy a Ghost image to a PC from an external device or over the network (LAN)

by Jens Vejrup Lassen

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