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Old 09-18-2019, 03:35 AM   #1
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Does Norton Ghost (DOS version) work with Linux ext4 partitions ? (creating image files, restoring image files, cloning disks)
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What is the Ghost version of the DOS version ?
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Ghost 6.0 released in 2000 was the last version that was DOS-based and it required rebooting the system into a dedicated DOS partition. That's two decades ago, even before ext4 (2008)! If Ghost 6.0 is what you're talking about, you really need to let it rest in peace and work with a modern solution.
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I wanted to say "Norton Ghost for DOS".
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Yes. But modern solutions like Acronis or Shadowmaker barely can handle ext4. When restoring images to a second hard with Redo it destroys the partitioning and restores the partion table of the first one. Not sure if Acronis or Shadowmaker don't do the same thing.
Believe me, I have studied all kind of partition and disk cloning software. Each one has disadvantages Norton Ghost is the only good one.
By the way, I created long time ago a bootable DOS Stick with Norton Ghost on it. Still works fine even with Windows 10.
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Clonezilla supports ext4 and uses dd to clone unsupported filesystems.

EaseUS Todo Backup also does a sector-by-sector clone of "other" filesystems (e.g. ext4).

There is a report of Macrium Reflect imaging and restoring ext4 fine too, or better yet, ext4 is supported as stated in this official KB article. See https://forum.macrium.com/Topic13439.aspx for a discussion about the same.

Another option is Eassos PartitionGuru aka DiskGenius which supports ext4.

Aomei Backupper Standard also supports ext4

You've got more than enough modern options here. Acronis added support for ext4 years ago.

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When restoring images to a second hard with Redo it destroys the partitioning and restores the partion table of the first one.
If the images are of entire disks, then expect it to restore everything, and that includes the partition table, and that means the existing partitions on the target disk will get wiped out. If you don't want the partition table of the destination disk to be altered, then you should be restoring images of individual partitions, NOT images of entire disks. If you were hoping to use images of entire disks to selectively restore individual partitions from them, then I doubt ANY of the imaging solutions allow or support it, at least not directly. You could always restore the disk image, then from there create images of individual partitions that you can restore selectively on pre-partitioned disks.
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