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1.0 out of 5 stars Unbootable Source Drive, December 20, 2009
This review is from: Norton Ghost 15.0 - 1 PC (Software)
I tried using "Copy My Hard Drive" to make a bootable Windows 7 disk clone and it rendered the source drive (C:) unbootable! I had to get out the installation DVD to "repair" my Windows 7 installation.

I used to back up my XP drives this way using Ghost 12 and it worked smoothly for years. No backup program should modify anything on the source drive. There are several threads on the Symantec site about this and no one has a clue. Save your money if you plan on using the "Copy My Hard Drive" feature.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2011 7:53:18 AM PDT
Rodwally says:
That's not Norton's fault, that's Microsoft's doing. Msoft is so terrified of software theft that they injure their legitimate customers by not allowing them to make disk clones to back up Windows 7 installations (it was difficult in XP, too). I've been all through this with Ms support. "We don't support mirroring software." No kidding. Yet another reason to move to Linux...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2011 11:35:02 AM PDT
I switched to Ghost 15 from Acronis for faster cloning, but ran into the same problem with Windows 7 and Ghost: could not boot from the source drive. After a couple of hours I finally found the solution. 1. boot from Win 7 Installation CD, 2. choose Repair, 3. get the CMD prompt, 4. run the BCD delete/rebuild procedure. Windows 7 didn't stop my Acronis app from cloning. But it was very slow. However, both the source and the destination drives were bootable after cloning. So if Windows 7 is the culprit with Ghost, how is Acronis successful with Windows 7? I think Ghost is the culprit, not Windows 7. Otherwise Acronis have the same problem. It does not.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2011 2:02:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2011 2:04:09 PM PDT
chris319 says:
I think it is Norton's fault. I use a program called Easeus Partition Master and it makes bootable disk clones just fine, no problem at all. Why can Easeus do this and not Norton? I never had a problem making bootable XP clones, either. I do understand Microsoft's extreme paranoia about software piracy.

Posted on May 17, 2011 1:23:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2011 12:54:37 PM PDT
J Pilven says:
Acronis seems to be more user friendly.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 9:18:55 PM PDT
I can also report that Acronis True Image will clone the C drive of a Windows 7 64 bit computer the way Norton Ghost 2003 did with an XP laptop.

So yes, Norton Ghost 15 is next to useless, if you read thru the Norton Ghost 15 PDF manual, which is not included with the software, there may be a way to do a clone of a C drive on some machines, but it is very very complicated, very. And probably is not possible on a laptop.

Norton should never have called this software by the name "Ghost"--it doesn't do what the real Ghost could 8 years ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2011 4:31:10 AM PDT
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Posted on Dec 17, 2011 7:02:51 PM PST
fred says:
This product clearly states that it is compatible with Windows XP and Vista. I don't know why you would expect it to run on other operating systems.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 7:22:18 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 29, 2012 8:18:39 AM PDT
E. Stoyanov says:
I can also confirm that Msoft has nothing to do with you not able to clone your hdd with Ghost, in this case. I used the free version of Paragon Home and it was able to restore my Win 7 Pro full hdd backup on a brand new hard drive. I had no booting issues at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 10:27:34 AM PST
Thank you. I plan on trying the demo version for 30 days, then if it works, getting the Paragon Home software for less than Ghost.
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