Norton Ghost 2003 and SATA

I just installed a new PC (with Windows) and wanted to backup the C (System) drive using Norton Ghost 2003. Don’t ask me why I am still using the old version instead of the new one, since this is the only one I have in my hand. The installation was just fine as well as the backup setting, then it asked me to reboot the PC. OK. Click and reboot..

After the blank screen, the ghost process notified me that there was an error and can not continue the task. It asked me to run “ghreboot“. No doubt, I run it and nothing happened.

Norton Ghost help on the web returned me nothing, except that the problem is caused by a virtual partition created by Norton Ghost as an active partition. I contacted my old friend asking for this problem and gave me a direction.  He said that Norton Ghost 2003 is not compatible with SATA devices.

Here is how to solve the problem if you face it.

  1. Boot from any bootable CD from where you can run fdisk
  2. After it give you a command prompt, run: fdisk
  3. Choose to display partition and you will see a partition labeled : —VPGHOST
  4. Delete this partition
  5. Activate your Bootable Partition
  6. Exit fdisk
  7. Reboot

Voila. You should notice your Windows loading screen. Then you can install the new version of Norton Ghost :D

Warning:  Use it at your own risk. I used Windows XP and Windows 98 for the Boot CD.