LOL, well at least you know it's not a problem with your OS installation now :)
Not familiar with Norton Products, however a quick review of the website makes no mention of cloning a specific partition with Norton Ghost 15. However it does say: Full system (disk image) computer backup lets you easily backup everything on a hard drive or partition.
A drive image is exactly that. A mirror copy of your entire
hard drive. Partitions and all. If you made any new partitions since the last Norton Ghost drive backup; Then restoring will delete
the new partitions. EDIT
Sorry I've just re-read your last post and realised that you only just made and image using Norton Ghost. I shouldn't really post advice to people when I'm tired. Once again, Sorry about that :)
Okay. Making an Drive
or Partition image
now is going to copy everything, including the cause of your current slow down problem
. So restoring it is not going to solve your slow down issues.
If you are set on doing a reformat and reinstall then at this point you are better off making a manual backup of all your important files and folders to an external source.
Now would be a good time to consider what partitions you want to have, if any. Such as 60 -70GB for the OS for example. 60-70GB is plenty for the windows 7 OS especially if you plan to install games and other programs in another partition.
Bear in mind though that videos, music and images etc can take up an enormous amount space, so you if make a small dedicated partition for your OS; you will not be able to put this files in Windows default locations. Ok. Reformat and reinstall.
Your backup should include:
- Any passwords and account information such as log ins for websites, your ISP, email clients etc.
- Pictures, videos, music and documents etc.
- Program settings and config files like customised codec settings, graphic program preferences, game profiles etc.
I would probably back up your Browser profile
to so you can easily reinstall all your bookmarks and settings. Firefox has an Addon that can back up your profile. Not sure about IE or Chrome
. Though it can be donw manually. In any case, make a copy of important information in a text file and back up anything you have created or added yourself that would be a PINA if you lost it.
Also it helps to have everything you need to reinstall your OS, especially if you do not an alternative to access to the internet. You will not be able to go online until your laptop is up and running.
Software to have ready would include your OS obviously, but also antivirus program and any specific drivers to your laptop.
Windows 7 will most likely have the drivers for you laptop or at least be able to install generic ones which will work fine until you get around to installing the ones specific to your machine.
At this point you can reformat and reinstall your OS.
- Best to make a list of everything that is important to you as this will help in making sure your have not forgotten anything.
- Recheck the list carefully to make sure you covered everything. Once you are sure then manually copy any important information, files and folders to a separate drive or other safe backup
- Once you manually backed up your important data; recheck the back up against your list to ensure it's all there.
Test the start up of your laptop by rebooting it a couple of times. If all is well after that then:
Restart your laptop to ensure all is still booting fine.
- Install and update your antivirus.
- Run Windows update if it hasn't already nagged you.
- Update all your drivers, codecs, browser and related plugins.
If all is well, then now would be a good time to make a Drive Image
back up and store it using a name that easily reminds you that this is a stable starting point for a later restore, such as 'Stable New install'
. Create your new separate drive image.
You should be able to set Norton ghost up to incrementally back up important personal files and folders to a separate back up file. Which will make any future reinstalls a little easier. Always remember to double check everything though as mistakes are easy to make and back up failures do happen
If you want to clone partitions, Acronis True Image
can do that.
Hope this helps. Feel free to PM me if you have some other specific issues, or I've failed to explain myself properly. :)