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Hi

I know that this is off topic but this is the best I can do. I have
gone round and round on Symantec's web site and got nowhere.

My question if fundamental and I expect the answer is brief. A couple
of years ago I bought Ghost 2001. I have never used it in anger but I
did restore a partition into bootable condition as a test.

So what is the essential difference between cloning to an image and
cloning to a partition?

I have several partitions on both my master and slave drives. I have
always cloned partiton to partition for that reason but the
implications have not been stated in the manual. There is little
agreement on the internet about the differences. Symantec have not
made their knowledge on this available.

Does an image clone simply produce a file that takes up only its own
space whereas a partiton clone takes up the whole of the destination
partition? Will both of them restore an operating system backup to a
bootable condition? I presume that an image clone is portable across
different media.

Page 33 of the manual is where the doubt starts, let's hope this sorts
it once and for all.

Sorry to be a bother.

Colin
Nov 13 '05 #1
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Definitely off topic. This newsgroup is for Microsoft Access, the desktop
database application development system. See answers below, however.

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Hi

I know that this is off topic but this is the best I can do. I have
gone round and round on Symantec's web site and got nowhere.

My question if fundamental and I expect the answer is brief. A couple
of years ago I bought Ghost 2001. I have never used it in anger but I
did restore a partition into bootable condition as a test.

So what is the essential difference between cloning to an image and
cloning to a partition?

I have several partitions on both my master and slave drives. I have
always cloned partiton to partition for that reason but the
implications have not been stated in the manual. There is little
agreement on the internet about the differences. Symantec have not
made their knowledge on this available.

Does an image clone simply produce a file that takes up only its own
space whereas a partiton clone takes up the whole of the destination
partition? Will both of them restore an operating system backup to a
bootable condition? I presume that an image clone is portable across
different media.
Yes, an image is simply a file (or files if larger than 2GB) that contains
everything needed to reconstruct the partition. Compressed, it should be
substantially smaller than the sum of the files it contains, regardless of
the original partition size. When restored to the original boot partition,
it should be entirely bootable, exactly as the system existed whent the
image was created.
Page 33 of the manual is where the doubt starts, let's hope this sorts
it once and for all.

Sorry to be a bother.

Colin

Nov 13 '05 #2

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On Mon, 20 Dec 2004 22:58:31 GMT, "Randy Harris" <ra***@SpamFree.com>
wrote:
Definitely off topic. This newsgroup is for Microsoft Access, the desktop
database application development system. See answers below, however.

<me@privacy.net> wrote in message
news:e1********************************@4ax.com.. .
Hi

I know that this is off topic but this is the best I can do. I have
gone round and round on Symantec's web site and got nowhere.

My question if fundamental and I expect the answer is brief. A couple
of years ago I bought Ghost 2001. I have never used it in anger but I
did restore a partition into bootable condition as a test.

So what is the essential difference between cloning to an image and
cloning to a partition?

I have several partitions on both my master and slave drives. I have
always cloned partiton to partition for that reason but the
implications have not been stated in the manual. There is little
agreement on the internet about the differences. Symantec have not
made their knowledge on this available.

Does an image clone simply produce a file that takes up only its own
space whereas a partiton clone takes up the whole of the destination
partition? Will both of them restore an operating system backup to a
bootable condition? I presume that an image clone is portable across
different media.


Yes, an image is simply a file (or files if larger than 2GB) that contains
everything needed to reconstruct the partition. Compressed, it should be
substantially smaller than the sum of the files it contains, regardless of
the original partition size. When restored to the original boot partition,
it should be entirely bootable, exactly as the system existed whent the
image was created.
Page 33 of the manual is where the doubt starts, let's hope this sorts
it once and for all.

Sorry to be a bother.

Colin

Many, many thanks for a straight answer. You won't be troubled again,
but I am grateful.

I have already written (snail mail) to Norton.

Best wishes

Colin

I have relied heavily in the past on this NG and always on topic.
Nov 13 '05 #3

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