Disk image create and restore issue

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Hello, I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 server with GSS 3.3 installed. Client computer OS is Windows 10, Disk Management looks like attached image “disk_management.png”. In diskpart concole the disk and partition information looks like attached image “diskpart.png”
In GSS console:
Create image job command: -CLONE,MODE=CREATE,SRC=2,DST=%IMAGE_FILENAME% -SURE -SPLIT=0 -Z3
Image location: 1:2ImagesImage.gho
Restore image command: -CLONE,MODE=RESTORE,SRC=%IMAGE_FILENAME%,DST=2 -sure
Image location: 1:2ImagesImage.gho

Questions:
1. To create image, if image location set to D:Imagesimage.gho, the job seems never complete, status is keeping “Uploading disk image…” unless I delete the job manually. If image location set to 1:2xxxx.gho, the job completed successfully. Why this happens?
2. Restore image not work with above ghost command, the warning message is “The Drive number selected for deploying an image connot be same as the Drive number on which the image is stored.” Anything wrong in the restore command? Please advise.

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Ghost and gdisk both use one-based indexing for disk numbers.

Diskpart and some other disk tools use zero-based indexing corresponding to the “physicaldisk” numbering Windows uses. For instance, Disk 0 in diskpart is “\.PHYSICALDISK0” (deviceID used by Windows). 

I need a way to tie the disk numbering in gdisk to diskpart programmatically. Can I simply increment the disk number used by Windows to get the Ghost/Gdisk number? Does Ghost used a different method to enumerate the HW?

Diskpart can give me the geographic location of a disk in the system (select disk #, detail disk). My system can change the number and type of disks, but they can be identical models, so the location is one of the only ways to identify a target disk. Does Ghost/gdisk provide any similar options?

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Upon startup, one Win7 computer just gets stuck at the black screen with “bootguard _” on it. I’ve looked at several solutions online and so far none of them work. I do have a WinPE UFD with the encryption stuff on it, but any WinPE environment won’t even recognize there’s an internal hard drive at all. I can boot up with a GParted live CD and that will see the disk just fine. I can even browse its contents with the GParted live CD (between that and the SEE snap-in), so I know the disk is not encrypted.

I’ve tried using diskpart, but of course, the internal HDD is not recognized as even being connected by the Windows PE environment
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  • If you have subversions or differential disks of the PVS disk, merge it to an base disk. Delete the merged version from the PVS console.
  • And also before performing any activity please backup the old VHD or vDisk, in case of corruption on disk same can be used.
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1. Change vdisk to private mode.

2 Use inbuilt diskpart Utility to resize vdisk in any Windows Machine

C:Windowssystem32>diskpart

3. Open Comand Prompt or Powershell and get Diskpart

On Diskpart enter “Select vDisk file=”

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4. Enter “List vDisk”to check if the vDisk has been added or not.

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5. After that Expand the vDisk by using following query “expand vDisk maximum=XXX (in Mb)”. The size should be in “MB”

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6. On Diskpart enter “attach vDisk” to attach it. Type “list disk” to check if the vDisk has been attached.

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7. Type “List Volume” to see what are the available volumes

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8. Type “Select Volume 3” the vDisk which you want to resize and enter “Extend” to extend the vDisk.

Note: The number of the vDisk you want to resize.

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9. Now the vDisk has been extended to verify type “List Volume” to see the status. after checking the status. Type “Detach” to detach the vDisk.

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I manage a 30 PC computer lab for a department at a college. We configure the image, sysprep it, the deploy it. With Windows 10 however, that produces insanely long load times. Some students report waiting up to 5 minutes to log in. Log offs can also take 5-10 minutes. 

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