This document discusses how to determine whether an image file is corrupted.
Ghost includes a feature for testing the integrity of an image file.
Symantec Ghost 8.0 and higher include the Ghost32.exe tool which can complete the integrity check without leaving Windows.
NOTE: If you have Ghost Solution Suite 2.5, you MUST have patch 2165 or newer (2266) for safe operation of the integrity check. Open the Ghost Explorer and click on Help > About. If you do not have version 184.108.40.2065, click on Help > LiveUpdate and check again.
To run the integrity check from Windows (Symantec Ghost 8.x and later)
For other versions of Ghost, the Integrity Check is run from the Ghost DOS executable file, which is Ghost.exe for the corporate Ghost versions and Norton Ghost 2003, and Ghostpe.exe for the previous consumer Ghost 2002 version.
Note: In general, the DOS Ghost Integrity Check cannot work with image files that are stored on local NTFS partitions because the Integrity Check runs in DOS, which does not support NTFS partitions. For more information about Ghost support for writing to or reading from NTFS partitions, see the document Storing Ghost image files directly to NTFS partitions. Note the following exceptions:
To run the integrity check from DOS (Symantec Ghost 7.0 or 7.5)
To run the integrity check from Windows (Norton Ghost 2003 only)
When done, Ghost displays a message that reports the results of the integrity check.
Using the results
When done checking the file, Ghost will either display a message indicating the process has completed successfully or a message indicating a problem with the image file.
Running Ghost from within Windows
If using Symantec Ghost 8.0 or earlier, or Norton Ghost 2002 or earlier, note that launching Ghost from within Windows only works with older Ghost versions and does not work when running in Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. If you run these Ghost versions from within Windows, perform only the Integrity Check. Do not perform a cloning operation.
Alternate method for checking the integrity
Another way to check whether an image file is corrupt is to copy the file from one location to another location. First, start the computer into a DOS environment, and then use the Copy command with the Verification switch.
For instance, to check for problems with an image file that is on a CD-ROM disc, start the computer into DOS and then copy the image file from the disc to a drive that has the capacity to hold the image with a command such as: COPY /V F:\IMAGE.GHO D:\IMAGE.GHO
A problem reading the image from the CD-ROM usually indicates a problem with the CD-ROM disc. The disk may need cleaning, but if you have the option, recreating the image is the best solution.
Read the document How to handle a corrupt image file.
Newer versions of Ghost starting with 8.2 can read NTFS partitions and therefore an integrity can be run on an image file residing on an NTFS partition.
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