How to Install Norton Ghost to a Bootable Disk

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How to Install Norton Ghost to a Bootable Disk
Use a bootable Norton Ghost disk to troubleshoot and repair damaged PCs. (cd rom inserted into laptop image by Egor Ukoloff from

Norton Ghost is an extremely valuable tool to have in your emergency computer repair kit. One of the many features included with Norton Ghost is the recovery environment, which provides users a way to diagnose and repair a PC that can no longer load its operating system. Norton Ghost bypasses the hard drive altogether and boots your computer directly from a CD-ROM. Installing Norton Ghost to a bootable disk is a very simple process that could save you a great deal of time and work, should your computer ever crash.

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Things you need

  • Windows-based PC
  • Blank CD-R
  • Norton Ghost version 15.0

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  1. 1

    Open Norton Ghost 15.0 on your computer.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Create Custom Recovery Disk CD" option, listed under the Tools menu.

  3. 3

    Attach and enable any network and/or storage devices that you would like to be available in the recovery environment. In the Create Custom Recovery Disk window, click "next."

  4. 4

    Insert the Norton Ghost 15.0 installation disk into the CD-ROM drive. If you don't have the installation disk, you can download the ISO image file from Symantec's website and burn it to a blank CD-R.

  5. 5

    Find and select the Norton Ghost installation disk in the Create Custom Recovery Disk window by clicking "browse." After you've selected the disk, click "next" to continue.

  6. 6

    Place a check-mark next to "Burn Symantec Recovery Disk to CD/DVD" and click "next" to allow the wizard to search for drivers.

  7. 7

    Read through the list of drivers to be included in your custom Norton Ghost bootable disk. If all drivers are present for your network and/or storage devices, click "next." If you'd like to add drivers to the list, click "add" and select the .inf driver files you wish to add. When finished, click "next."

  8. 8

    Verify that the time zone, display language and keyboard settings are correct. Click "next" to continue.

  9. 9

    Specify the network settings to be used in the recovery environment by checking the "Automatically Start Network Services" option. Select the IP address settings of your choice and click "next."

  10. 10

    Complete the set-up of your Norton Ghost bootable disk by providing the license key that came with the software. Select "Use the license key that is activated on this computer" to use the same key as the Norton Ghost program you are currently running. To use a different license key, select "Use the following license key" and type in the key you wish to use in the space provided. If you prefer to enter your license key after booting into the recovery environment, select "Prompt for a license key."

  11. 11

    Click "finish." The wizard will now install a bootable copy of the Norton Ghost recovery environment onto your blank CD-R. When the disk is finished, restart your computer. You should now be able to boot into the recovery environment from your new Norton Ghost bootable recovery disk.

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