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How to Capture an Image Using a Cybernet Ghost Drive

The Cybernet Ghost Drive is a bootable USB thumb drive that contains the Ghost files need to capture the image of your custom OS environment.

Before capturing your image, we recommend you perform the following maintenance to insure that your image capturing and restoration process are faster and more reliable, with no corruption of the image itself.

1. Clean up any unnecessary files using Disk Cleanup
1. Defragment/optimize your hard drive or SSD
2. Run ChkDsk on the hard drive
3 From an elevated command prompt run - SFC /scannow

Once your image is prepped, follow the instructions below to capture your image

Insert the thumb drive into a USB port and boot to the thumb drive by launching the Boot Menu. Most Cybernet units use F11. The Cybernet/CyberMed-T10C uses F5 and the IPC-R1 uses F7.

Once the Boot Menu appears, select the Cybernet Ghost thumb drive and press enter. You will be prompted to press any key to boot to the thumb drive.

Next you will see a screen showing Windows is loading files. Wait for this to complete. At the next screen, you will see a DOS style command prompt. Windows is loading files in the back ground. Wait for this to complete. Once finished, the Norton Ghost program will load.

Click the "Ok" button at the splash screen.

At the menu choose Local > Disk > To Image

At the next screen you will be selecting the Source Drive. Your main hard drive should already be highlighted. Verify this is true and click "Ok."

Next you will be asked for a "File name to copy image to." From the drop down list at the top of the window, navigate to the root of the Cybernet Ghost thumb drive. Now you will name the image file. We recommend including the date, company name, model and OS version, in order to make the image easily identifiable.

Sample: Date_Company_WindowsVersion_Model

Once you have created the filename for your image, click the "Save" button.

After naming your image file you will be asked if you want to Compress the File. Click the "High" button for maximum compression, in order to produce the smallest file size.

Note: If your image is too large to capture to the Cybernet Ghost thumb drive, which is 16GB, you can try compression. if this does not work, you can capture the image to an external USB hard drive. If you do not have a free USB port, you can remove the Cybernet Ghost thumb drive, once the Ghost program has loaded into memory.

Once compression has been selected, you will be asked if Ghost should Proceed with File Creation. Select "Yes" to capture your image.

At this point Ghost will start the capture process. Depending on the size of your image, the capture process can take 15 minutes to an hour.

Once Ghost has finished the capturing process, you can click the Continue button, unplug the Cybernet Ghost flash drive and click Quit. At this point you are finished capturing your image.