Restoring a Backup in Norton Ghost
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Site updated Thursday, October 22, 2009
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You know all the grousing you do about having to back up your data? Well, if all your folders and files suddenly disappear from your drive, you won't need to stress because you can restore it all with that handy-dandy backup you've created. All that work (which really isn't much effort at all, especially with a program like Norton Ghost) becomes well worth it because you have salvation or at least a copy of your drive.

If your backup file is on CD or DVD, you need to get your disc set and make certain you have all of them. And because you've labeled them so well and know exactly where to find them, you can retrieve them quickly and identify the data you need.

Restoring a drive

Here you are at that magic moment when you get to put your hard work, the backup, back online by restoring the drive from which the backup was created.

To restore a drive, follow these steps:

1. Open Norton Ghost.

2. From Basic view, click Restore a Drive or, from Advanced view, choose Tools --> Restore Drive.

3. Select the backup image you're restoring from, and click Next.

If it's on a disc, insert the first disc from the backup set into your CD or DVD drive).

4. In the Restore Destination window, choose the drive where you want to restore the backup, and click Next.

5. Select the options you want to apply:

Verify image file before restore: Assures that the restore doesn't fail in the middle.

Check for file system errors: Ensures data integrity when data is written to the drive being restored.

Resize drive to fill unallocated space: Lets Ghost adjust the drive size as needed to match the data being restored.

Set drive active: Select this when the drive being restored is going to hold a bootable operating system. Normally, however, if you're restoring a bootable hard disk from your Ghost backup, this is handled for you automatically so you don't need to specify this.

Partition type: Choose either primary or logical. Normally, you do not need to select this since Ghost knows what it's backed up.

Drive letter: Select the drop-down list box to specify the drive letter for the drive being restored.

6. Click Next and review your choices.

7. Click Next again to begin the actual restoration process.

Restoring files and folders

What if you only need to get back a few files or a whole folder (or ten) from a full or incremental backup? You're much more likely to do this than you are to restore a whole drive that is, unless you tend to race your PC in the Indianapolis 500.

When you're restoring files and folders, you use another tool to browse the individual files stored in the backup image: the Backup Image Browser. To open the Backup Image Browser, choose Start --> All Programs --> Norton Ghost --> Backup Image Browser. The browser opens and with it the Open window, to help you locate the backup image you want to check for files and folders.

1. Locate the files and folders you want to recover from the backup.

To see the contents of a folder, click the plus sign next to it.

To select a single file, click on it.

To select multiple files and folders located next to each other in the list, press and hold your Shift key while you use your down or up arrow key to select the files and folders.

To select multiple files and folders scattered throughout the list, press and hold your Ctrl key while you click on each file and folder you want.

To select all files and folders listed, press Ctrl+A.

2. With the files/folders you want to restore selected, choose File --> Restore (or press Ctrl+R).

3. Click Restore.

If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to