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  1. is there a way to redirect the Documents and Settings folder in Windows XP that contains the user profile to the another partition not the hidden ghost partition this way way I ask the user to restore there laptop they won't loose their user profile.

    This is a good way, use this in the WINNT.SIF

    ProfilesDir="D:\Documents and Settings\"

    all the accounts and there personal data get saved to another partition. you have to ensure D in the example or whatever partition you use is created beforehand in XP blue installation.

  2. For the ghost menu is there a way to change it to just use these features

    Restore Windows 1st Install

    Backup Windows 1st Install

    Restore Windows 1st Install + Software + Drivers

    Backup Windows 1st Install + Software + Drivers

    As I understand it if use the Backup Windows 1st Install it creates one ghost image named FIRST_INSTALL.GHO

    If I use the Backup Windows 1st Install+Software+Drivers it create another ghost image named SOFTWARE_DRIVERS.GHO

    So I use the Restore Backup Windows 1st Install+Software+Drivers it should restore the 2nd ghost image

    I tried this and it still keeps on trying to restore the image named FIRST_INSTALL.GHO instead of SOFTWARE DRIVERS.GHO

    Can someone tell me what am I doing wrong?

    Hi all you need to do is edit and and change the name text. It that easy.


    If you willing to switch to another very reliable imaging software which is also the fastest then just get Drive Snapshot and Drive Snap. The ASR will make your life a whole lot easier.

    The Ghost project here is a custom one and i have moved on from that.

  3. This project has now been abandoned because i been working on something far better for recovery.

    Drive Snap including Automatic System Recovery that uses Drive Snapshot.

    It not a problem to create a recovery disk generally although for some it is. Even if you have a recovery it is not automated. Drive Snap does make it automated and takes it further by being able to restore the image from anywhere. You do nothing. That's a big convenience comfort in itself. Drive Snap does it for you! Whether you a beginner struggling its a boon, or whether your an advanced user or a lazy type it's a boon. It also takes human error away at the restore as it been set before. It all makes the restore a whole lot sweeter because you just put the CD in, sit back or go off and do something else. Even setting the image to restore, a time before is a easy process. If you need to restore a different system image anytime Drive Snap make it easy and can keep track good. Drive Snap gives you the freedom.

    Trial Here. The help file should explain alot.

    Drive Snap Trial v1.0 Rar

    Drive Snap Trail v1.0 Installer

    Movie demo here

    Drive Snap Thread

    Creates a hands free recovery solution that immediately finds and automatically restores back the system image stored on any drive internal or external without user intervention. This makes it a whole lot easier to restore.

    Additionally a quick hidden menu can halt and overide the automatic restore at the last second, so further options can be accessed, such as quickly selecting another image to be restored, changing the type of restore, repairing the MBR and more.

  4. Hi to all,

    I know this is probably a bump but maybe someone will want to help me.

    I created the partitions as described. I created the floppy from the image file that has been posted.

    When the floppy boots up it can't detect the C drive (or first partition). However if I keep a cd in the drive it thinks that the cd rom drive is C:.

    So when the start.bat script is called it can't copy anything to C: because its a cd.

    I even tried going back into windows and copying the files manually with no luck.

    Dose anyone know what the problem is?

    If you didn't follow exactly to the letter something may of gone wrong. I not sure what may be wrong in your case. I had plans to improve it in the coming months. In the meantime why don't you check out my other recovery menu. recover.exe which loads a boot.ini menu using grub4dos (which is an improvement on the ghost menu) which is at my new forum here

    I was messaged that the USB Fixed Disk Driver link was down so try this driver. http://www.eeepcapps.com/uploads/xpfildrvr1224_320.zip

  5. I wasn't sure where to stick this article.

    I wanted to automate a back and restore feature. I liked the idea of the dell secret partition so i did something similar also its easy to complicate things more than necessary when it comes to boot management. I seen people struggling getting there head around booting so i hope this helps.

    This is what i have done. Your drive boots up and you have 2 menu options from boot.ini one loads your o/s the other option loads up a ghost menu enabling you to backup(including check image integrity) and restore images of your o/s usually xp from a logical 3rd partition which can be hidden(or not hidden if you want to store extra stuff) and so in effect you loading dos from boot.ini all from the hard drive. To do this I created a small fat 16 partiton before C: So whether its ghost booting up or your XP it still be C: It even takes the hassle out of looking for any bootcd as it runs entirely from hard drive running from boot.ini. You might think this is nothing new, Correct. Its some ideas brought all together and automated, say you at someones house and you want to put a quick backup and restore in place. when they want to restore there partition theres no need for searching for a boot cd to restore. so it less of a hassle to backup and so faster. so its good customers, family and for lazy people.

    The good thing it dont need no 3rd party boot manager which others said you need. No, it wont touch the mbr which can be a good thing if you doing it on others pcs. I tried trueimage 10 and it doesnt work still i believe with the 965 chipset so this is how this all came about and got me thinking. I also managed to find a dos cd-rom driver to work with the 965 chipset which is included in the bootdisk. I made a bootdisk with all the necessary files to automate it. The only part i havent managed to do yet is automate creating the 50mb partition because to do that your C: ntfs drive has to be resized. I know some use partition software can use a script but everybody hard drive is different size so dont think it would work. I am interested in a freeware solution. so if you can help me out that be great.I know of partition resizer thats free but dosen't resize ntfs only moves. Basically i done the ground work for this to be improved.

    Once in place it can be customized and extra utils like partition magic can be run from the menu or whatever you want on the dos partition. Another benefit is its easier to fix your partitions having FAT as the first partition. Basically i done the ground work.

    Info about the bootdisk

    It all fits on a floppy boot disk due to using mbrwizd instead of gdisk(1.12mb).

    Okay lets start.

    You need to make another 2 partitions from your existing C: partition so you have 3 partitions in all. First make a 50mb Primary FAT partition (this is where ghost is kept) have it before the first partition on the drive that holds your current C: partition. name it FAT if you like. then create a logical partition(this is where the ghost images are kept) from your existing C: drive, so you can call it BACKUP or IMAGES. Decide on the size from your requirements. The ghost is auto set to high compression so that be half of the data approx. eg. 10gb data will take up 5gb approx. I used partition magic. You then make a logical drive You might have to do this from a boot cd as it probably say its in use.


    The fact remains that you wont see them as continous driver letters C: D: E: but as in this case E: C: I: especially if you have multiple drives. It doesnt matter the drives are still partition 1 2 and 3 in that order and ghost treats them like that and not as drive letters. The I: drive will become hidden after the installation. Whatever is the 3rd partition is hidden.

    Don't make it active yet. The bootdisk will do that in dos. You can restore your original C: drive back to the boot drive at any time by running mbrwizd and making your original C: drive active again.

    Now im assuming your original boot.ini file is like below, if not then update the boot.ini in the dos folder with yours. also im assuming your NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM are the same which they may not or might even get updated in the future so it best you compare the versions and turn off the attrib -s -h -r and update the ones in the dos folder. The attrib +s +h +r will be turned on again when they get copied to the FAT partition. The versions are the latest after all sp2 updates at this time of post. NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM are seperate copies on the FAT drive. You still have your original files untouched. If you run a upto date xp as of now then you don't need to do nothing.

    [boot loader]



    [operating systems]

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    Now ghost wont fit on the bootdisk so it good you make a bootable usb or cd using this floppy bootdisk image as the boot part and fill up with the cd with lots of utilites that you can set the boot batch file to copy over to the FAT partition. I set it to copy ghost if it there. so copy at least ghost to it. You wont need this cd again as all ghost and utilites are now on the FAT partition. You just use it to setup first time.

    So once the bootdisk finished you end up with the following files on the FAT partition which is now C: (Your original XP is still C: also, the drive letters are just swapped around whichever one you use) :) which boots up and loads another boot.ini with 2 choices 1 for your o/s that your other drive or dos which takes you to the Ghost menu.












    In the ghost menu we have these options

    Restore Windows 1st Install

    Backup Windows 1st Install

    Check intergrity of 1st Install

    Restore Windows 1st Install + Software + Drivers

    Backup Windows 1st Install + Software + Drivers

    Check intergrity of 1st Install + Software + Drivers

    Restore Windows Later Stable

    Backup Windows Later Stable

    Check intergrity of Later Stable

    The ghost backup,check image and restore commands are already setup and when a backup is created its then checked for errors.

    You don't hide the FAT drive(which isnt a bad thing because you can alter the bootup easily in windows) The backup image drive gets hidden automatically which is the whole point so they don't get deleted and not seen in windows.

    To make your iso which includes sata support. It has to be on cd if you going to put ghost and gdisk on the cd to fit. It could run from floppy if you are willing to copy gdisk and ghost manually to the new c: drive after the install of the boot disk.

    To use in ultraiso select Bootable and select Load Boot File and select the boot.ima

    It should change to Bootable on yellow box if done right. the main browsers should be empty. Drag your copy gdisk.exe and ghost.exe into the main top right box. Now goto File and click save the iso. Now goto Tools and select Burn Image and Burn.

    If you in the FAT partition then on a security point its still good because you still can't access the ntfs partition.

  6. my bare minimum services for home user for internet on ethernet. this will speedup vista alot. lots of services turned off with only 10 automatic services running and alot disabled. you can get it down to 8 if you dont need automatic updates. disable Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Windows Update to do this. alot services set on manual so if they needed they will start. so in all about 20 services running in total. if you only have 1 gig of memory to run vista this will give good speed up. services such as readyboost are better turned off. both pictures the same. just listed differently. first pic is listed alphabetical for easy configuration.



  7. @jaclaz

    ok apologies, i got it touring the web. i got it from the linux community like kde or gentoo if i can remember right. some here grub splash screens



    if your using linux heres a easy way to convert a image to grub format. it easy it just like the same way for cdshell. you cant get above 14 colours, it uses some form of vesa.it easy to convert a image to 640x480 you need gzip and

    imagemagick http://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php

    and gimp http://www.gimp.org/


    1. Start the GIMP.

    2. Click on File->New or type Ctrl+N

    3. In the new image dialog, change Width to 640 pixels and Height to 480 pixels. (The image should be of size 640x480 pixels.) Now click OK.

    4. Create the image which you would like to be the splash image. It's quite fun to experiment with the various tools of the GIMP!

    5. After you have finished creating the image, hit Alt+i or right click on the image and click on Image->Mode->Indexed...

    6. In the Indexed Color Conversion dialog that appears, click on the radio button "Generate optimal Palette" and in "# of colors" enter 14. Click OK.(The image should be of only 14 colors)

    7. Now right-click on the image and click on File->Save As...Save the file as ImageName.xpm in a directory of your choice.

    For some reasons i could not create *.xpm so i save it as *.png and then

    convert ImageName.png ImageName.xpm

    (convert is a part of media-gfx/imagemagick)

    You can save image from this page and convert it skipping image creation hassle

    Creating image (Imagemagick)

    * You can also pick an image (any type supported by ImageMagick) and execute:

    convert -resize 640x480 -colors 14 picture.jpg ImageName.xpm

    Installing the Image

    gzip ImageName.xpm

    mount /boot

    mv ImageName.xpm.gz /boot/grub/

    * In the /boot/grub/grub.conf you have to point splashimage to newly created image i.e.

    File: /boot/grub/grub.conf

    # Splash Image


  8. @Bilou_Gateux

    cheers! if i can help people complete the jigsaw, there are people with the solutions in the heads already but less on paper. you see snippets here snippets there but nothing concrete. its like we all know the twin towers didnt fall down just due to planes.

    i dont think it matters what the hardware called as long as you get the end result

    i just revived data from a laptop from utils off my usb where the partition was mostly detroyed but i managed to browse the files on the damaged partiton and burn to dvd-rw in one go. how cool is that!

  9. Why not just try syslinux... lol

    because i want to use big img's and these take time to load up with memdisk same with ramdisk, plus theres issues with memdisk and io.sys, plus syslinux needs fat and yes there is freedos as a workaround. so saying all that i am impatient and dont want to wait when partitions just run it instant.


    The best solution is to use grub. Installing grub is easiest with linux. I will update my guide soon

    You might be interested in my reply to your post in 911CD:


    (you could get some ideas to expand your tutorial) :thumbup


    ta jaclaz respect. it should be you writing the tutorials. im sure you can do awesome with your vast knowledge and i dont mean pasting x number of bytes into the bootblock but more friendly.

    i just bought a usb external hard drive, its a full scale limitless bootable solution, it be interesting to know when those with xp on there usb sticks give up the ghost (joke get it) how long they last

  10. A Multiple Partition USB Stick with Multi Boot OS

    Scroll down for 5/4/2006 update

    I wanted several operating systems on a USB stick and after many hours messing with syslinux, memdisk, grub4dos, xosl, freedos, avlgomgr, acronis os selector, ranish partition manager. I have succumbed. I first started out wanting to boot an iso off USB and ran into trouble loading large img with memdisk which I found out is due to a bug in msdos so I used freedos but things didn’t work out as planned and it’s a similar woe story’s with the rest. Acronis os selector lets you boot multiple os from one partition from different folders but don’t work great when it comes to dos.

    I have 5 partitions on my USB stick and using the boot loader BootIt NG http://www.bootitng.com/bootitng.html This is a 30 day trial. There’s a iso boot image inside the zip you need to burn to cd.

    Now I wasn’t happy just putting one os on my USB stick. I wanted linux and diagnostic tools etc.

    I now have what I think is the easiest helpful solution below.

    Stage 1.

    Ok XP can only see one partition on a removable USB but if change the USB driver to a fixed disk driver then XP will see it as a hard drive then we can have lay down multiple partitions as we like. Now open regedit and goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\USBSTOR

    and double click on USBSTORE and you see a subkey below it, select the first subkey below USBSTORE and right click and select Copy Key Name

    Here is mine, yours maybe different.


    Now we need only need this part:


    Copy and paste it temporarily into notepad.

    You will now need this driver. http://www.xpefiles.com/viewtopic.php?t=92

    Unpack it to a folder on your desktop. Inside the folder is the file cfadisk.inf. You need to open this file and scroll down to you see the line %Microdrive_devdesc% = cfadisk_install, specific data

    Now you need to replace all lines %Microdrive_devdesc% = cfadisk_install, specific data with

    the line you copied from your registry like so.

    %Microdrive_devdesc% = cfadisk_install,USBSTOR\Disk&Ven_Generic&Prod_USB_Flash_Disk&Rev_0.00

    There could be more lines so replace all and save the file.

    Goto Device Manager and click on disk drives. You see your USB listed, dbl click on it and goto the driver tab and click update driver and install from a specific location and choose the driver to install and click on Have Disk and browse to the cfadisk.inf file your modified driver on your desktop and force that to replace your existing driver. It might ask you to reboot. You should now have your USB showing as Local Disk

    We want your first partition dos bootable so run HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. I’m using version 2.1.8. Select your drive letter of your USB device and select "Create a DOS startup disk" and browse to your 98 boot disk folder. Click Start. Your USB will be formatted and 3 files will be copied from your dos startup files. You need to manually copy the rest of the 98 boot files to your USB drive.

    You can now resize the drive (mines 512MB) and create multiple partitions. All partition software now sees it as a fixed disk. I used acronis disk director and resized the partition keeping the first dos bootable partition intact and made another 4 fat partitions so I had 5 in total.

    Make sure your format all partitions as Primary not Logical.

    I now make all the os for each drive on my USB, so for example I copy all linux files to the root of I: and then syslinux I:

    G: Dos bootable drive

    H: BartPE2USB

    I: Dsl Linux

    J: UBCD

    K: Partition Tools

    So this way makes it easy to load multiple iso using ramdisk also. :thumbup

    Stage 2

    Insert your BootIt NG cd you made earlier and your USB stick and reboot and change your bios to boot from cd and disable all hard drives from your bios so they not detected, that way you wont delete any hard drive data and you know your using the USB only. You can now install BootIt onto your USB stick. This is a simple install. It install on the first partition. It will detect all partitions. You can now add the partitions easily. Your USB shows up as HD0 and the separate partitions as MBR 1, 2 ,3 ,4 5 etc and boot from each one from the menu.

    BootIt is not free. I am using this till i can workout a freeware solution.

    EDIT: Here comes the better freeware solutions.

    I going to explain simple easy way that works, on how to create a bartpe and dos dual-boot on an USB stick install each on separate partitions including a menu to select either. I will use 2 partitions for now.

    Download spfdisk it’s a good boot loader which has many features and is free.

    http://spfdisk.sourceforge.net/Spf2K3rE.exe We will be using this. Unpack it. You need 1 file only from it, spfdisk.exe.

    Plan how much space to split up for dos and bartpe. Delete all your USB stick so it’s unallocated space and then create 2 partitions of fat to the size you need and format. Make the first partition dos.

    Acquire or make a dos bootable cd or floppy and put spfdisk.exe on it. Make sure you match the dos version of your boot disk to same version of dos system files you be using on your usb.

    Copy dos,ghost whatever files to your dos partititon and copy your bartpe files to the bartpe partititon.

    Check you have the 2 files mkbt.exe & pe2usb.bin in your pebuilder folder. Download Pe2usb if not.

    Open up a cmd box in your pebuilder dir and run the command:

    “mkbt.exe -x pe2usb.bin N:” N being the letter of your bartpe partition.

    Reboot and keep your USB stick in and boot off the dos cd or floppy.

    Type the command sys drive: drive being the letter of your dos partititon.

    Run spfdisk.exe in dos Create the menu to boot both partitions in spfdisk. Save the changes.


    Reboot, take out your cd and boot up off the USB and its working.

    Alternative method using WinGrub for multiboot usb

    Download Wingrub http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=104188

    Have the partitions formatted to fat.

    Install WinGrub. Insert your USB stick

    Note: Your usb stick partitions will be hd0,0 and hd0,1 when you boot on startup but will be different under windows, not showing as the first drive.


    First time you rub Wingrub you see a box pop up called base setup. Click the drive letter of your USB stick and click Ok. Make sure its your USB stick you click and not your hard drive. In Wingrub right click in the menu table and click edit and paste the menu data below over the existing data in the edit box and click ok. now save it as a new name ending in .lst - If you need that menu again load it back in. You need to make a folder on your usb called boot and inside that another folder called grub and then copy your menu.lst to that folder.

    timeout 30


    title Dos Utils

    unhide (hd0,0)

    hide (hd0,1)

    rootnoverify (hd0,0)

    chainloader +1



    title BartPE

    hide (hd0,0)

    unhide (hd0,1)

    rootnoverify (hd0,1)

    chainloader +1



    Now in tools menu click Install Grub. You going to install grub to the MBR. Now click the partition letter of your first partition of your USB stick then click install. 2 files have copied to your partition and your mbr is now patched with grub. How easy is that, no use of a disk editor needed. The original mbr is saved in the file MBR.ORG on your usb. You can now reboot test your usb stick and use the grub menu.


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