Product Type: Symantec partitions utilities
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One of the best of its kind, although not that good for beginners!
Symantec Norton Ghost 2001
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Symantec Norton Ghost 2001
Date: 22/02/02, updated on 22/02/02 (924 review reads)
Advantages: Very Accurate
Disadvantages: Carried Out In DOS only
Ghost has a restore feature which is also easy to use, much easier than other programs of its kind. Ghost Explorer is the special tool which comes with Ghost which extracts the image of the hard drive onto the new hard drive. This is done within Windows and not in DOS. When in the need of extracting a file or folder, Ghost Explorer looks inside the image to find the files that you are trying to find. Once you have found the file or folder that you want to transfer, all you need to do is drag and drop the file onto the new hard drive, which I think is very easy.
Another nifty tool that comes with Ghost has nothing to do with backing up the hard drive, but partitions and formats you hard drive. Only use it if you know what partitioning of the hard drive means. The program that comes with Ghost is called GDisk, which is like an improved version of FDisk
Overall, does what its supposed to do very well with no complaints whatsoever, but it can’t be used as an every day backup tool. There are other products which do the same job as Ghost but for every day backing up, and also at a lower price.
Ghost doesn’t come with a free 30 day trial download like all other Symantec software, so you are not able to test the software before you buy it.
Ghost is around £40 to buy which is a good price if you intend to use it often.
This handy program makes a copy of your current hard drive very precisely so that you can then go and restore the information on to another hard drive. Also its useful if your computer hard drive goes bust and is not able to be used anymore. It is quite hard to use because everything has to be done in DOS, so don't buy it if you are intending to use the program for every day backing up as you would find it quite hard and time consuming, unless you are an expert on these stuff.
Norton Ghost is supposed to make exact images of your hard drive for long term use and not for short term use. When you have programs running in t
he background, you can't backup everything on the hard drive, which is why the good thing of Ghost is that it comes with a special boot disk creator utility - in fact like any other boot disk - which boots your computer straight into DOS without having to go into Windows. Ghost creates the boot disk itself whilst installing the program onto your hard drive, this only has to be done once which is a relief because it can be quite annoying.
The best thing about Ghost is that it can recover data very well, but each time you want to use it, you would have to restart your computer unlike many other programs which is something that many people would not want to do. When you want to backup something, you have to select to backup whole drives and not separate files or folders.
You get to see one of Ghost’s best bits when you're making a copy of one computer to load onto another machine, or onto removable media such as CD-R’s. Ghost supports DOS, OS/2 and Linux along with Windows.