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I am in a situation where our portable hard drive has taken a turn for the worst and now our only alternative is to push images to a network share.

Unfortunaly norton ghost does not support networks (as far as i can see) so we are out of luck with what we currently got.

Open source/free software would be great but paid versions will do.

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Norton Ghost can save to a network share by one of two ways:

  1. You can create a boot disk/USB device to boot and map a drive to save the image to, or
  2. You can use GhostCast Server to save the image to a network share

-JFV

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Acronis True Image family of backup/image creation software does support network shares. It works pretty well.

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I use partimage, a Linux-based solution that takes full-partition or full-disk images and saves them as files. It can run across the network (by using partimaged on the server being used as storage) or by simply mounting a network share at some local folder, then saving at that folder.

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Here's a good article/tutorial for using partimage to a network share: pittman.ws/articles/howto/partimage.html –  l0c0b0x May 19 '09 at 3:22

There is a free/open source program called g4u (Ghost for Unix) that works pretty well as a Norton Ghost alternative. Don't let the name turn you away - it's operating system agnostic.

If you have access to a local FTP server (or can temporarily create one with FileZilla Server, etc.) and a DHCP server, it should work smoothly.

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If you use Drive Snapshot it can write images to the network while the computer is running. Obviously you can't restore an image while the OS is running. For that I use a WinPE or BartPE boot CD or USB key.

WinPE is based on Vista while the last BartPE I saw was based on 2003/XP and needs some messing around to add drivers for the latest hardware. You can get a copy of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) from www.microsoft.com/downloads while BartPE is available from www.nu2.nu/pebuilder.

John Rennie

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