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How to Capture an Image Using a Cybernet Recovery Drive

Published: March 24, 2016
Updated: February 8, 2021

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

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

1. Clean up any unnecessary files using Disk Cleanup. Cleanup System files to get rid of any old Windows installs
1. Defragment your hard drive
2. Run ChkDsk on the hard drive
3 From an elevated command prompt run SFC /scannow twice

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

Insert the Cybernet Recovery Drive into a USB 3.0 port and boot to the thumb drive by launching the Boot Menu. Most Cybernet units use F11 to launch the Boot Menu. Start tapping F11 at the Cybernet splash screen

When the Boot Menu appears, select the Cybernet Recovery Drive and press Enter.


Next, you will see the Windows loading screen. Once Windows is finished loading Ghost64 will automatically load. Press Ok at the Ghost splash screen.

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This will reveal a menu in the lower left corner. Using the menu, navigate to Local > Disk > To Image.

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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."

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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 Recovery Drive thumb drive and provide the name to call your image file. We recommend including the date, company name, model, and OS version, to make the image easily identifiable.

Sample: Date_Company_WindowsVersion_Model

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

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After naming your image file you will be asked if you want to Compress the File. Click the "Hi09 gh" button for maximum compression, to produce the smallest file size.

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Important: If your image is too large to capture to the Cybernet Recovery Drive, you will need to recreate teh Cybernet Recovery Drive using a larger flash drive.

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

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At this point Ghost will start the capture process. Depending on the size of your image, the capture process typically takes 15 - 20 minutes, unless you are capturign an unusually large image.

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Once Ghost has finished the capturing process. Click the Continue button.

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FInally select Quit from the menu and wait for the unit to shut down before removing the Cybernet Recovery Drive.

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