If you are in are in big organization with a lot of Workstation to deploy, you might want considering using this Symantec Ghost. Symantec Ghost can capture hard drive as a ghost image and restore it on other computer. This method is also known as cloning hard drive. Why you need Symantec Ghost?

  • You need to standardize software and applications for your organization. Every computer must have same partition, same OS installed, windows configuration, software and applications and etc.
  • Quick Image transfer during capturing and restoring
  • You can configure/transfer images simultaneously to more than 2 PCs
  • Capture hard drive Image for your personal backup of your Computer and restore it any time you want.


  • One Computer running Windows (Sever) with DHCP enabled, Symantec Ghost Server. Note: The version I am using for this article is Symantec Ghost Version 11.
  • Ghost Boot CDs. Note that your Ghost Boot CDs contain DOS driver version of your Network Interface Card (NIC). If you don’t have one, click here to check the article about what and how to create Ghost Boot CD
  • The Computer that ready to be ghosted. Windows has been installed and patches & hot fixes has been updated, antivirus and all necessaries applications and software has been installed. If it is under domain, make sure that it has not been joined to domain. (Note: in this article, I am going to capture hard drive image of my notebook ACER TM6292, Win XP SP3 and dozens of particular applications are installed and up to date).
  • A switch and CAT5 cable (with RJ45 connected). You can use Crossover Ethernet cable if you want to connect point-to-point.
  • Note that,

It is time to capture image, follow this procedures:

  1. Point to your Symantec Ghost and click on “GhostCast server”.
  2. Fill Session Name with any name or number you wish. Ex, I put “11”, click on options “Create Image”, click on “Browse” to define location of hard drive image files and file name to be created, Client Count must be “1” and click on “Accept Client”. For information, see on bottom left “Waiting for clients to connect…”.
    Symantec Ghost Star-Up Menu

    Symantec Ghost Star-Up Menu

  3. Now, go to computer you want to Ghost, make sure you have set CD/DVD ROM as boot priority. Insert Ghost boot CD (prerequisites no point 2).
  4. If everything correct, you must see something similar to the picture below.

    Ghost Boot Menu

    Ghost Boot Menu

  5. Mouse is not active on this mode, so you will have to use Keyboard. Press ENTER [OK], move around keyboard arrow keys and locate to “GhostCast”, then “Unicast”  then press ENTER.

    Ghost Boot Menu - UNICAST

    Ghost Boot Menu - UNICAST

  6. Fill in session name you provided on the step 2, which is “11”, then tab on “OK” then press ENTER.
  7. Next, you will be able to see the computer hard drive (s) and partition (s). You can choose partition you wanted to Ghost, but normally I go for all as standard, so I am going to leave everything default,  then tab on “OK”.

    Hard Drive Partition Info

    Hard Drive Partition Info

  8. Next, say “NO” to “Compress Image File?” and say “YES” to “Proceed to Image File Creation”.
  9. Last screen is where you see the progress of capturing hard drive images. See the picture, the picture (a) is showing information on GhostCast server; picture (b) is showing information on Ghosted Computer.

    Capturing Har Drive Image Progress

    Capturing Har Drive Image Progress

  10. Upon completion of capturing hard drive images, you will be prompted with pop-up windows to restart your computer, press “Reset Computer” and you are DONE!
  11. Go to you GhostCast server and locate to folder you’ve created earlier (step 2), you must see ghost image file as showing on the picture.

    Hard Drive Images

    Hard Drive Images


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