it took me few months to figure it out here is the answer: this is very useful for small system builders
as the XP size is getting larger and larger and not practical for multi DVD and CDs as error tend to ocour
once the recovery partition is set up on test computer then the whole HDD can be imaged for preparing other HDDs I suppose that is the way they do it at Dell ,IBM/Lenona/Advent /E-machine etchow to restore ghost image from a hidden fat32 partition using F10 or F11 Keys at boot up.
you need To TEST this on your TEst machine or a new Hard Disk first although I have installed it
and tested it myself ok and it works ok and recovers the immage.
here is What you need:
1. ghost.exe(7 or 8 so they can handle NTFS partitions of XP)
I have mine on interactive floppy posted earlier, but you can have it on its own on a floppy
2. GDISK.exe (comes with ghost small prog like fdisk but more powerful)
I put mine on my win 98 boot disk, for convinence.
3. windows 98 BOOT floppyhttp://www.postbox.wanadoo.co.uk/benwin98boot.exe
4. boot manager diskhttp://www.postbox.wanadoo.co.uk/bootmanager.exe
the good thing about boot manager is that it can handel hidden partitions.
it is all ready made to use with menu.
5. you also need bootable floppy to copy contents to recovery partitionhttp://www.postbox.wanadoo.co.uk/benpartitiontype.exe
6. partition magic 6 or higher or the cd which I posted link earlier QTpated that will do same
places where I got my info and down loads are :http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss...cid=MIGR-4UFUYKhttp://www-3.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-4QDSS5.html
the lable of the recovery partitin must be IBM_SERVICE
as the boot manager prog looks for a partition of that name if not exist error will result.
the recovery partition MUST be FAT32 and HIDDEN and PRIMARY.
use partition magic to make 2 partitions
1. NTFS where XP is or will be living say 70GB PRIMARY lable it XP
2. FAT32 recovery partition size 10Gb PRIMARY HIDDEN large enough to hold ghost image and
content of floppy (benpartitiontype)remenber this partitin must be hidden at all times as XP
tends to write to it other wise.
once you have the two partitions boot with a windows 98 boot disk with gdisk on
at A: prompt type
GDISK /STATUS 1
and enter on key board
this gives you all partition details of disk 1
GDISK 1 /-hide /P:2
this un hides the partition 2
restart pc with win 98 boot disk in floppy drive for settings to take effect
fat32 IBM_SERVICE partition is now C:
take win98 boot disk out
put benpartitiontype floppy(above) in floppy drive
COPY A:\*.* C:\
now take that floppy out and put in the floppy with Ghost.exe in
COPY A:\ghost.exe C:\
take that floppy out and put win98 boot disk in again
this puts system files on recovery partition.
GDISK 1 /hide /P:2
this gain hides the partition
take win 98 boot disk out and put bootmanager disk in
then CTRL +ALT +DEL to restart.
it boot into the floppy and gives 3 option on menu
choose option 1
this will add a line when you boot saying press F10 to recover
take the floppy out and test CTRL +ALT +DEL
it should boot to recovery partition ..........
remember you still do not have the ghost image on that partition which we need .
if you install XP fresh it will wipe the F10 option.
and you need to do it again at the end
to copy the XP image to that partition you need to again unhide the partition then Hide it again
some of you experts are probably bored by now so I cut story short
important ghost image MUST be named image.gho as this is on the command line.
boot in with windows 98 boot disk again
GDISK 1 /-hide /P:2
this un hides partition
reboot for setting to tahe effect
take win98 boot disk out put disk with ghost.exe in
this will bring ghost (use arrow keys ) choose partition To Image option
for destination choose IBM_SERVICE
put win 98 in immidiately
boot into it and hide partition
GDISK 1 /hide /P:2
it is all ready test it to see if it copies the image