Virtual disk recovery options

The following table describes the recovery options that are available when you recover a virtual disk.



Verify recovery point before restore

Verifies whether a recovery point is valid or corrupt before it is restored. If the recovery point is invalid, the recovery is discontinued.

This option can significantly increase the time that is required for the recovery to complete.

Check for file system errors after recovery

Checks the restored drive for errors after the recovery point is restored.

Resize drive after recover (unallocated space only)

Select this option and specify the new drive size in megabytes.

Partition type

Sets the partition type as follows:

  • Primary partition: Because hard disks are limited to four primary partitions, select this type if the drive has four or less partitions.

  • Logical partition: Select this type if you need more than four partitions. You can have up to three primary partitions, plus any number of logical partitions, up to the maximum size of your hard disk.

Set drive active (for booting OS)

Makes the restored drive the active partition (for example, the drive from which the computer starts).

You should select this option if you restore the drive on which your operating system is installed.

Restore original disk signature

Restores the original, physical disk signature of the hard drive.

Disk signatures are part of all Windows operating systems that Norton Ghost supports. Disk signatures are required to use the hard drive.

Select this option if either of the following situations are true:

  • Your computer’s drive letters are atypical (for example, assigned letters other than C, D, E, and so forth).

  • You restore a recovery point to a new, empty hard disk.

Restore master boot record

Restores the master boot record. The master boot record is contained in the first sector of a physical hard disk. The master boot record consists of a master boot program and a partition table that describes the disk partitions. The master boot program analyzes the partition table of the first, physical hard disk to see which primary partition is active. It then starts the boot program from the boot sector of the active partition.

This option is recommended only for advanced users and is available only if you restore a whole drive in the recovery environment.

Select this option if any of the following situations are true:

  • You restore a recovery point to a new, empty hard disk.

  • You restore a recovery point to the original drive, but the drive’s partitions were modified since the recovery point was created.

  • You suspect that a virus or some other problem has corrupted your drive’s master boot record.

Virtual disk recovery options