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AS the title states im looking for a disk that can meet the following requirements:

  • Fast load up time, < 1:30s
  • Linux Based
  • Gparted
  • Drive Detection (Unlike BartPE)
  • Norton Ghost
  • Possibly Dos (not really needed).
  • Automatic drive detection (Unlike BartPE - Having to plug in devices within pre-boot)

Has anyone got any suggestions ?

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Your demands are unrealizable, as:

  1. Norton Ghost doesn't exist on Linux
  2. Norton Ghost being commercial, that boot CD will require a pirated version
  3. Linux doesn't contain DOS, except for some emulators
  4. A full-Linux distribution will not boot from a DVD in < 1:30s.
    Even from hard disk it may take a couple of minutes.

For fast boot, and what's more from DVD, you are stuck with a mini-Linux distribution.
You can search your ideal Linux distro on distrowatch.

Or you can Roll Your Own Linux Distro, further explained here.

In a multi-boot DVD Ghost can be one of the options and Knoppix Slimmed another. There are many tutorials for creating such DVDs, or via utilities such as MagicISO.

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Firstly, Norton ghost is available on linux, see: Secondly, We have a commercial licence for the product, Thirdly, regarding DOS, we would be looking at a Boot manager that can boot DOS or Linux, and regarding the boot time, Knoppix 3.x Slimmed.. boots in under 1:30, Thanks for he link on "Roll your own distro." – RobertPitt Sep 16 '10 at 12:07
I can't see Linux in System Requirements of Ghost in the link you provided. But see my edit above. – harrymc Sep 16 '10 at 13:04

Have you tried Parted Magic - It includes Gparted, Clonezilla (like Ghost), and a load of other disk tools / utilities (see for the full list of programs it includes).

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Unfortunately Ghost is a must :( we already have a server with 4-5 hounded images that we use daily, backups of servers / consoles. – RobertPitt Sep 16 '10 at 11:17
Okay, it might be stating the obvious, but, why don't you restore your images and remake them with Clonezilla. Also, Ghost is licensed software, so I doubt if there would be a "Technician CD" with Ghost on it - well not legally anyway. – misterjaytee Sep 16 '10 at 17:30
Thats why im researching our custom built built CD that would be built onto 10 500GB External HDD's, As its custom built and we have a licence it would be ok to use. – RobertPitt Sep 22 '10 at 19:09

Perhaps Hiren's Boot CD? It includes a lot of useful stuff, it is Linux and DOS based.

Contains partition manager tools and imaging software for sure, and a lot more...

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When I say Linux based, I mean Linux with the software on that distro, not a mini linux with software bundled outside of the distro, we do use HBCD and UBCD but we need something different, more specific. – RobertPitt Sep 16 '10 at 11:18
Can you list your goal in the question? I don't see how a Linux environment (which only takes longer to boot) can be more useful for the tasks that HBCD and UBCD already offer you. – Tom Wijsman Sep 16 '10 at 21:58

Go with misterjaytee's suggestion. I use partedmagic to reimage systems to larger drives and to rescue damaged windows systems! A must in your IT toolbox!

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