See Main Article:How to Clone Windows 7 using Norton Ghost 15 and Microsoft Sysprep
To create a drive image of a Windows 7 computer using Norton Ghost 15, you will need a Windows 7 reference computer prepared with Sysprep for disk imaging. and a Custom Symantec Recovery Disk or bootable USB to boot up the reference computer with and make a drive image.
Follow this procedure to make a Ghost 15 image of Windows 7:
- Install and configure your Windows 7 reference computer including all third party software and updates.
- Create a Custom Symantec Recovery Disk or USB Stick
- Prepare the Windows 7 reference computer for making a Norton Ghost 15 drive image. See Sysprep for disk imaging.
- After preparing the reference computer for copying with Sysprep, boot it up with your Custom Symantec Recovery Disk, making sure that the BIOS boot priority has been changed to reflect the need to boot off of a DVD or USB stick.
- Accept the EULA
- Norton Ghost 15 is now running on the reference machine and you should select the Back Up My Computer option from the menu.
- The back up welcome screen appears – click Next.
- Select the drive to be copied til and image file, and click Next.
- Map a network drive to your storage device, unless you are using a local storage device.
- The screen shows your choices, if you are ready to proceed. Click Next.
- Rename the file that will contain the drive image. Click Next.
- Enter an appropriate description of the drive image file (or not). Click Next.
- Symantec Recovery Disk is now ready to perform the backup operation. Click Next.
- The next screen shows that the back up operation is in progress.
- The backup process has completed the creation of a drive image file and the reference computer may be shut down or restarted.
- Click Yes to restart the reference computer.
By Jens Vejrup Lassen