Compiling an image file

Ghost Explorer

Compiling an image file

If you add or delete files from an image file, the image file becomes fragmented. Symantec Ghost takes longer to restore a fragmented image than a compiled file. You can improve the performance of a restore by compiling a file before you restore it. When you compile a file, the file is defragmented. If you want to split an existing image, then you must compile it to span the image file.

You can check the properties of the image file to determine whether compilation is recommended.

To compile an image file

  1. On the File menu, click Compile.

  2. If you want to span the image file, in the Save As dialog box, check Span Image, and then in the Split point (MB) box, type the required size.

    If you are splitting the file to save it on a CD, then set the size to 600 MB.

  3. If you want Ghost Explorer to choose a default name for any additional span files that it creates, click Autoname Spans.

  4. In the File name box, type a name and a location for the first new file.

    If you are splitting a file, all of the new files that are created are saved in the same location. You should use a different name than the original image file to avoid confusion.

  5. Click Save.

  6. If you are splitting the file, click OK each time that you are prompted to create a new span segment.