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Restoring a Ghost 15 drive image of Windows 7 to a Target Computer

See Main Article: How to Clone Windows 7 using Norton Ghost 15 and Microsoft Sysprep

Restoring a Ghost 15 drive image to a target computer, whether it be the original computer or another computer with the same HAL, requires the following prerequisites:

The procedure for applying the drive image to a target computer is as follows:

  1. Boot up the target computer with your Custom Symantec Recovery Disk or bootable USB stick.

    The Symantec Recovery Disk is booting up

    The Symantec Recovery Disk is starting up after boot straping

  2. Click on Recover My Computer selection from the menu

    Select Recover My Computer from the menu

  3. Click Next on the Recover My Computer Welcome screen.

    Click Next on Welcome page

  4. Click on Map a Network Drive.

    Click on Map a Network Drive.

  5. Enter security credentials for the networked mapped drive and click OK.

    Enter credentials for the network mapped drive and click OK.

  6. Click Browse to search for the appropriate drive image file.

    Click Browse to find a drive image file.

    Finding the drive image file

  7. Having selected the appropriate drive image file, click Next.

    Having selected the appropriate drive image file, click Next

  8. Click on Edit to change boot setting for the target computer.

    Click on Edit to change boot setting for the target computer.

  9. Make sure that you select the following options:
    • “Set Drive Active”
    • “Restore original disk signature”
    • “Restore Master Boot Record”.”

    Set the MBR settings

  10. Click Finish on the Recover My Computer Wizard, and then Yes on completing the Recover My Computer Wizard.

    Completing the Recover My Computer Wizard.

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  11. A this point the drive image file will be copied to and applied to the target computer. The time elapsed at this stage will naturally depend on the size of the drive image to be copied to the target.

    Applying the drive image to the target computer.

  12. Close the dialog when the program has finished applying the drive image to the target computer.

    Close the Restore My Computer wizard

  13. Click Exit and Yes to complete the process.

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  14. Warning: at this point the target computer will reboot and will normally not be able to boot up because the MBR is missing or defective. You will then have to use the Windows 7 installation DVD to repair the Windows installation, see below.
    (See the following article for a further discussion of this issue: W7 wont boot after restoring Ghost image to new hard disk)

    The target is unable to boot because of a defective MBR record.

  15. Boot the target computer with a Windows 7 installations DVD.

    Windows 7 installation DVD boots up

  16. Select the appropriate language option, English should do just fine. On the next screen chose Repair Your Computer from the menu.

    Welcome screen language options

    Welcome screen – select Repair Your Computer.

  17. The setup program will search for a Windows OS to repair when you have selected the option to Repair and Restart.

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  18. When setup has located the OS, select the Repair option, and then click Next. At the next menu choose Startup Repair.

    Click Next to proceed

    Choose the Startup Repair option from the menu.

  19. The entire Startup Repair process will normally need to be repeated a total of three times to repair the startup, sometimes less, but don’t count on it.When the startup has been fixed, the target computer will boot up and this will signal the start of the Sysprep mini-setup process, which you specified in the answer-file when running Sysprep on the reference computer.  The mini-setup is handsoff, if  no errors have been comitted in the preparation process. (Preparing a reference computer with Sysprep) ADD LINK.

    Starting the target computer after the Repair This Computer process

  20. The first stage of the Sysprep setup updates registry settings, after which Windows services are started.

    Sysprep setup updates the Registry

    Sysprep setup starts services

  21. Sysprep setup then installs devices on the target computer.

    Sysrep setup is installing devices

  22. At this stage the target computer will automatically reboot to continue the setup process.

    Sysprep setup continues after rebooting the target computer

  23. The target computer restarts automatically.

    Starting Windows 7 for the second  stage

  24. Setup prepares the target computer for first logon and use.

    Last step before the logon screen shows up

  25. The target computer is now ready for first use, the user name that shows up in the screen shot below is an user account with administrative rights which was configured on the reference computer just before running Sysprep (Preparing a reference computer with Sysprep) ADD LINK

    Windows 7 Welcome Screen

    Desktop on target Windows 7 computer

    Related links:

    Cloning a reference computer using Sysprep and Norton Ghost 15.

    By Jens Vejrup Lassen


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