Norton Ghost 10.0 [OLD VERSION]
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- Automatically back up and recover everything on your computer
- Recovers system and data even when you can't restart your operating system
- Automatically detects storage devices, analyzes your system, and offers backup advice
- Back up to a variety of media including CD and DVD drives, USB and FireWire devices, and Iomega Zip and Jaz drives
- One-step setup wizard makes installation and configuration quick and easy
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Save the stuff you care about with the new Norton Ghost. From digital photos and music files to tax documents and personal journals, Norton Ghost 10.0 stores away the things you hold dear. In fact, it automatically backs up everything on your computer—from music and photos to settings and applications. That means you can go about your business worry-free, knowing your most prized digital items are protected from loss. With its new task-driven interface, Norton Ghost backups are quick and orderly. So is initial setup. When you load Norton Ghost, it scans your system for the best place to back up your data, automatically establishes a backup schedule, and begins creating backups right away. You can also design your own backup schedule, and on-demand backups are always available at the click of a button. Versatile and efficient, Norton Ghost backs up to a wide range of media devices. It also manages your backup space, constantly monitoring for adequate room and using compression and incremental backups to maximize disk space. And should disaster strike, complete recovery is quick and easy. Even if you can’t start your operating system, Norton Ghost can bring back your entire system—and all your valuable stuff—in a few short steps.
Backing up your system might seem like a hassle, but when you lose your important data right before a big meeting, event, or project due date, you'll wish you had. Norton Ghost 10.0 makes backing up so simple that you will no longer have to worry about it--it automatically backs up any and all data, including photos, music, tax documents, and more, making it ideal for home users, too.
Norton Ghost 10.0 now automatically detects storage devices, analyzes your system, and offers the "best practice" backup advice during installation. The new one-step setup wizard makes installation and configuration even easier. It also automatically creates an initial backup schedule based on your computer's configuration. Plus, it will backup to virtually any media of your choice, including CDR/RW and DVD+-R/RW, USB and FireWire devices, Iomega Zip and Jaz drives, and more.
A handful of new tools make customizing and monitoring backups even easier. Backups are triggered by key events like new program installations or user logings. The one button "Backup Now" feature lets you create new backups on demand. Monitoring backups is easier with a task-based interface, and all scheduled backups are displayed in one convenient view along with the degree of backup protection for each drive. New for those who have Maxtor external drives is a Maxtor OneTouch button that automatically begins backing up your drives.
As always you can make incremental backups to help maximize space and save time, and you can make backups on the fly without restarting your computer. If something does go awry, it can recover system data even when you can't restart your operating system.
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This program makes it very easy for anyone to create a full backup of their entire computer. Not only can the backups be stored on another hard drive, but Norton Ghost also allows one to create backups on CD / DVD and even USB hard drive media.
The user interface is easy to use and does not require one to read the entire manual just to figure out how to operate the program. Norton Ghost allows the user to select the options he or she desires for the backups through easy-to-follow wizards.
The reason I gave the program 4 stars instead of 5 is for two reasons: (1) when performing a backup and you do not have enough space on a particular drive to store the backup, Norton Ghost does not notify you of this error until it actually goes through the backup process and runs out of space (...so you could spend 35-40 minutes waiting for a 1 hour backup to complete and not know the hard drive is running out of space and cannot store the entire backup...). Then, you have to stop the backup process, create more space on your backup hard drive, and start the backup process from scratch.
The other reason why I gave a 4 instead of a 5 is because even at the default compression level, Norton Ghost takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to backup an entire hard drive (and the hard drive I had was only about 10 GB in size).
I would expect a company like Symantec to design a backup program with an algorithm that takes a lot less time to backup and restore an entire hard drive (which is what the program is designed to do).
I bought this product because the old Ghost doesn't support SATA drives. I wound up replacing my SATA drives with IDE drives so I could use the 2003 version.
It has added some sort of ability to do periodic backups of your system. I wasn't interested in this feature and can't tell you much about it.
It will also give you occasional error messages that are neither in the documentation nor on their support site.
A friend recommended Acronis TrueImage which I ended using instead. It's much easier to use, copies about 2x faster than Ghost, and best of all it works. I cloned and replaced C drives from two laptops in a couple of hours with no problems.
I had used Norton Ghost several years ago, but gave up because it had compabibility problems writing to my CD drive. (It turns out that these backup programs don't support all CD and DVD drives. You have to check for the supported list on the manufacturer's web site.) Also, having to monitor a backup to dozens of CDs for even a fairly lightly-loaded system is quite burdensome.
Norton Ghost version 10.0 is *much* improved. It works in Windows (rather than DOS as earlier). The menu selections are straightforward, and the documentation booklet provided is more than usually clear and detailed. Using the Create New Backup wizard takes only a couple of minutes to get the backup started. The backup to my USB external drive took 30 minutes for 10 GB, *including* the optional verification, which I turned on (supposed to double the backup time, but worth it). Installation was smooth and quick on Windows XP Home Edition.
On the basis of my experience in installing and setting up a backup, I can recommend version 10.0 highly, much more than any other backup program I investigated.