Creating a Standard Ghost CD Boot Disk for cloning lab computers

This page describes how to create a standard Ghost boot disk for the purposes of cloning or imaging drives or partitions.


The CD bootdisk is used to start up a computer from the CD-ROM and then used to directly clone a hard drive to another drive. It can also create an image of a drive or partition and store the resulting image file locally or on an external USB or Firewire drive. You can also use this CD boot disk to restore a stored image to a hard drive or partition.

Be aware that there are licensing agreements and legal issues to consider when cloning or imaging operating systems and applications. Cloning software also has licensing agreements that apply. Read and understand your End User Licensing Agreements (EULA) to insure you are properly licensed before proceeding.

Norton Ghost Cloning Software

Norton Ghost is a commercial disk cloning program with a history dating back to 1996. There have been many versions since then and the product lineup is split into a consumer version and a business version. For this example I am using the business version Ghost Solution Suite 2.0, also known as Ghost 11.

Getting Started- making the Ghost bootable startup CD


  1. GO to Start > All Programs > Symantec Ghost > Ghost Boot Wizard. Select “Standard Ghost Boot Package” and click NEXT.
  2. Select Standard Ghost Boot Package

  3. Click Next on this screen, we will not be using these Peer-to-Peer options.
  4. Ghost SKIP USB and LPT support options

  5. Use the default PC-Dos option.
  6. Ghost Use PC-DOS option

  7. Choose the type of client. Ghost.exe is the file you want to include here.
  8. Make sure ghost.exe is included

  9. Click the checkboxes to override the USB and Firewire BIOS settings to ensure full access to these devices.
  10. Click the checkboxes to ensure access to USB and Firewire devices

  11. Choose “create iso image”, click browse to decide where to put the file and what to call it. Finally, click next.
  12. Choose “create iso image”, click browse to name and save file

  13. Burn the ghost ISO file you just created to a CD. You can burn the iso image to a CD using the freeware program Image Burn.
    (Quick Tutorial).