I bought the latest version of Ghost to make a proper and easily restorable back of my Samsung Q1. I thought I'd share my experience so that others can benefit from it.
1. Software required
Symantec Norton Ghost 10.0
Ghost is a backup application that takes an "image" of your hard drive. It copies everything and thus you can restore your machine back to the exact same state it was at the time you took the backup. This is different from traditional backup programs that copy files one by one and you have to install the operating system first when you need to restore the whole system.
2. Hardware required
External USB 2.0* hard drive with enough free space to backup to
External USB 2.0* CD (or DVD) drive to boot from
USB Mouse (you might get away without one)
(*) USB 2.0 not required but highly recommended
I actually have a USB based KVM from so I only needed one additional USB port (or so I thought).
Symantec Norton Ghost 10.0 installs a Windows application to create backup images of your hard drive. This lets you take a full snapshot and restoring your machine is a breeze as everything will be exactly the way it was when you took the backup. It is also a lot faster than doing a file based backup. Taking the backup shouldn't really take much longer than 20-30 minutes with USB 2.0 devices (compared to the 14 or so hours with USB 1.1).
Ghost also comes with a bootable CD that starts up into a custom version of XP (Embedded maybe?) and lets you restore the whole drive (or single files, but I didn't try this) from backup images.
I was surprised to find the touch screen being pretty well calibrated and was able to navigate the application without a mouse. I discovered this totally by accident. I've gotten used to using the stylus on the Q1 and I just started clicking away and only after I clicked close to the edges of the screen, where the calibration wasn't as accurate, did I notice what I was doing.
4. Getting started
To begin you should install Ghost and create your first backup. Once you've done this it is time to make sure you can restore if anything ever goes wrong.
Turn off your Q1 and connect everything. Once you've done this, start the Q1 and enter the BIOS settings by pressing the Menu button (or F2 on your keyboard) when prompted. Move around in the BIOS with the external keyboard to make sure everything works and while you're there you can check the boot order to make sure you can boot from the external CD drive. Save the settings and restart the machine. I also noticed that as I switched things around in the USB ports I had to go back into the BIOS and set the boot order again.
5. Creating backups
You should install Ghost on your machine and create the backups using the Windows version. Optionally you can do what I did for my Vista install test and boot off the Ghost 10.0 CD and select "Restore from legacy version of Ghost" and then instead create an image file of the Q1's hard drive to the backup drive. The reason I did this is that I didn't want Ghost running in the background along with all the additional services and update checkers. My big mistake…
6. Restoring from an image
Insert the Ghost CD into the drive if it wasn't in there already and then start the machine. You should now get a prompt to "press any key" to boot from the CD. Do this and wait for the Ghost restore application to start.
In the application you can do all sorts of nifty things like set up a network connection, browse files on your drives and even check for viruses. The important thing obviously is the ability to do an actual restore. I recommend checking out the restore system as soon as possible to make sure you know it starts up and are familiar with the application if you ever do need it.
WARNING: I created the backup with the "legacy" version of Ghost, but when I tried to restore with it I only got an error "Cannot lock drive". I ended up spending quite a bit of time (and money buying utlities like WinImage) trying to create a bootable CD/memory stick with USB drivers that work AND don't kill the keyboard as soon as the driver is loaded. In the end I noticed that I could just boot into DOS from a boot CD and run ghost from it and Ghost would find the external USB HD anyway, but with USB 1.1 speeds... The way I did get it to work finally with USB 2.0 was to use the “Motto Hairu” Panasonic USB drivers with the /norst (no reset) option to keep the keyboard alive. But this was just the first step. I ended up having to fdisk, format the hard drive, copy all the DOS stuff over, edit the boot up files to load the USB drivers and then Ghost the image back onto the hard drive. The reason for this is that as soon as the USB drivers are loaded, the boot drive (which was USB based, I tried both a custom bootable CD and a memory stick) would disappear and the boot failed to load the next drivers. You should be able to get around this with a USB floppy drive, since “Motto Hairu” comes with a ram drive driver that copies everything to a ram drive and continues booting from there. Unfortunately it didn’t work with either a boot CD or flash drive.
7. Things I didn't test
Can you really use the network, i.e. do the included drivers work. This would only work with the wired ethernet anyway.
Scan for viruses
Edit partition tables etc
All in all the Windows version of Ghost 10 seems to work just great. In the future I'll probably install it to take an image and uninstall afterwards to save system resources. I was able to create an image, install Vista on the Q1 and then restore everything back just as it was before.