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How to Make an 8 Gig Bootable Ghost USB

Updated February 21, 2017

By default, the Norton Ghost program is set to create a boot disc using a rewritable CD or DVD. It may be significantly more convenient to save the recovery information to another type of media, however, such as a USB memory drive. Norton Ghost version 15 gives you the option to create boot information on any type of media, such as an 8 gigabyte USB drive. A few clicks are all that's required to set up a bootable USB drive with Norton Ghost.

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  1. Connect any hardware devices or external hard drives to your computer that contain data that may need to be included in the boot disc. Insert the Symantec Norton Ghost recovery disc in your computer's disc drive.

  2. Connect the 8 gigabyte USB drive to your computer's USB port and exit the Windows "AutoPlay" prompt when it asks what action you want to take. Open the Norton Ghost program and click "Tasks."

  3. Select the option labeled "Create Custom Recovery Disk." Click the "Next" button. Choose the radio button named "Burn Symantec Recovery Disk."

  4. Click the drive letter that corresponds to your 8 gigabyte USB drive and choose "Next." Click the check box located next to each of the device drivers you want to save to the bootable USB drive.

  5. Choose "Next." Click "Dynamic IP" if your computer connects to the Internet through a router and is automatically assigned an IP address, or select "Static IP" if you have manually designated your computer a specific IP address in the past.

  6. Click "Next." Choose the "Finish" option to save the Norton Ghost boot information to your 8 gigabyte USB drive.

  7. Tip

    To use your bootable USB drive you need to insert the drive in a USB port and restart the computer. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to load the boot information.


    Your computer is likely not set up to boot from a USB device. Before booting from the USB drive you will need to modify your computer's BIOS menu. Restart the computer and tap the key used to access the BIOS, which may be "F2," "F10," or some other key depending on the manufacturer. Locate the BIOS option labeled "Boot Priority" or a similar title. Press "Enter" and highlight the "USB" option. Press "Enter" again. Navigate to the option labeled "Save and Exit" and hit "Enter."

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Things You'll Need

  • Norton Ghost software
  • 8 gigabyte USB drive

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