1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What's better...need Norton Ghost help

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Pbryanw, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. Pbryanw

    Pbryanw
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,523
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    A dystopian Grimsby
    Ratings:
    +101
    Hi, I have just bought an external firewire drive and want to know would I be better cloning my hard-drive on to it or backing up using Norton Ghost images. I have Norton Ghost 2003 and these seem to be the best two options but I don't know which one is the option to go for?

    Also is Norton Ghost the best option? I would buy different backup software if I knew it provided me with a better backup solution.

    Any help appreciated :thumbsup:
     
  2. The Dude

    The Dude
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    Messages:
    5,218
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Beverley, East Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +1,527
    you can't go wrong with Ghost in my opinion.

    I prefer the older DOS based versions but I have 2003 and it's still the biz.
    I'd always say backup using ghost images..
     
  3. Pbryanw

    Pbryanw
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,523
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    A dystopian Grimsby
    Ratings:
    +101
    Thanks for the quick reply and help much appreciated :thumbsup:
     
  4. Triggaaar

    Triggaaar
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2003
    Messages:
    5,598
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Ratings:
    +1,025
    Despite The Dudes help, I couldn't get the DOS version of Ghost to work, so ended up using 2003. I haven't tried re-installing from the image though.
     
  5. drummerjohn

    drummerjohn
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2001
    Messages:
    2,471
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Southampton
    Ratings:
    +189
    Ghost is so much quicker than copying a drives contents. Again - I use the DOS diskettes that 2003 can produce.
     
  6. phunkey_monkeh

    phunkey_monkeh
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I dont have a floppy.

    I store my drive image on a seperate partition. Whenever i want to restore i just stick the norton ghost cd in the drive and reboot the pc, it automatically finds the image, and restore in less than 10 minutes. Plus a 6gb image is squashed into a 2gb file using just the standard compression.
     
  7. The Dude

    The Dude
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    Messages:
    5,218
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Beverley, East Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +1,527
    even fancier, I use Bart's BFD107 network boot disk, running from a CD instead of a floppy for nice fast booting, and keep my ghost backups on remote machines in case of some nightmare occurring with the local machine

    HTPC ghosted up to PC2
    laptop ghosted up tp PC2
    PC2 ghosted up to laptop

    and with copies of each ghost image on a removeable HDD...
    I'm just ever so slightly paranoid.... :rolleyes:

    - with gigabit NICs ghosting over the LAN is faster too.... :)
     
  8. geroffme

    geroffme
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Ghost is the dogs nads IMHO for back-up. Use it :thumbsup:
     
  9. Taylorg

    Taylorg
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2004
    Messages:
    89
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +1
    I use Norton Ghost Version 9.0 it's great and to restore a whole drive you just boot off the Ghost CD.
     
  10. TheCrow

    TheCrow
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2004
    Messages:
    613
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +48
    I have Ghost 9 and 2003, and I prefer the older 2003 as it boots quicker off floppy than 9 does of CD and I don't like the idea of imaging a running O/S which 9 forces you to do.
     
  11. senu

    senu
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2005
    Messages:
    19,342
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    163
    Location:
    Hillingdon /Hayes, Middx
    Ratings:
    +2,865
    ghost 9 is partly based on symantec technology and drive image ( formerly powerquest) technology It does seem to be the best of both worlds as drive image was very highly rated as is partition magic ( also from powerquest). Acronis true image is also very good. i have used all 3 and do not have a personal favorite. PS Ghost 2003 is now even bettter esp as it is now cheap(er) to get
    These programs do not behave the same on all systems!
    Im not sure why imaging your os whilst running is a big disadvantage . you can also do it pre os if you boot 9 off the cd. Some of this is due in part to the fact that pre os winxp will probably not fully boot off a single floppy
    I add my tuppence worth ( in this ) because some people may have difficulty with a particular software on their own system and it is good to know that there are equally good alternatives
     
  12. nsherin

    nsherin
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2003
    Messages:
    620
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    31
    Location:
    Portsmouth, UK
    Ratings:
    +23
    Ghost v8.0 (what 2003 is based on) is excellent. I use it at work and the multicast feature is very nice - lets me blast an image down to 10 PCs at a time. Very useful for ICT suite rollouts (I work at a school). PowerQuest Drive Image 2002 was solid as well, although not quite as flexlible as Ghost (which has some good advanced command switches when trying to copy HDDs that are about to die.

    PowerQuest Drive Image 7 / Ghost 9.0, I'm not impressed with to be honest. PQDI 7.0 wouldn't install correctly first time round. Installing any patches was a pain - it used to uninstall the previous version, reboot, then you could run the patch. Starting the recovery enviroment from CD is/was dog slow and half the time my images would be corrpupt.

    Acronis TrueImage 8.0 is excellent. The 'secure zone' feature is nice - my PC has 2 RAID-1 arrays (2x200GB SATA and 2x120GB P-ATA). I've simply stuffed an image of my OS parition into the secure zone. There is a function you can enable to hit F11 at boot time, which loads the imaging software for both creating an image and restoring one.
     
  13. TheCrow

    TheCrow
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2004
    Messages:
    613
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +48
    I didn't say it was a BIG disadvantage, I just prefer to capture a partition in a non active state as that is how it will be restored.

    When I boot the Ghost 9 CD it doesn't give me the option to take an image only to restore. If I am missing something please let me know.
     

Share This Page

Loading...