The Good A good way to recover from a disaster or move to a new computer.
The Bad Too complex; limited support; not good for everyday backups.
The Bottom Line You could use this specialized product to make backups against disaster, but it's too much trouble to use as an everyday backup tool.
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Norton Ghost 2002
Norton Ghost 2002, by Symantec, duplicates a disk drive accurately, making it ideal for restoring your entire working environment if your hard drive bites the dust. It's also useful for migrating to a different computer because you can copy everything from the old machine to the new one. Because it's difficult to use, Ghost isn't ideal for ordinary, day-to-day backups or home use. Choose GoBack instead.Norton Ghost 2002, by Symantec, duplicates a disk drive accurately, making it ideal for restoring your entire working environment if your hard drive bites the dust. It's also useful for migrating to a different computer because you can copy everything from the old machine to the new one. Because it's difficult to use, Ghost isn't ideal for ordinary, day-to-day backups or home use. Choose GoBack instead.
Lengthy installation process
While many Symantec products are available as free downloads for a 30-day trial period, Norton Ghost is not one of them. The boxed and downloadable versions each sell for $69.95, so before you invest in Ghost--and if you plan to use it with a CD-R/RW drive--check out Norton's compatibility list. (Note: Ghost will not work with CD-R/RW drives that are connected via a USB cable.)
Backs up everything
Ghost is designed to make exact images of your hard drive, but it's not practical for everyday backups. Since you normally can't back up open files, such as the Windows Registry, you can't make an exact disk image while Windows is running. Ghost works around this by using a special boot disk, a floppy disk that you insert in the drive before starting your computer that boots your computer straight into DOS, bypassing Windows. Thus, the first step in the Ghost configuration process makes the boot disk--which is a royal pain. Thankfully, you need to do this only once.
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