No love for Norton Ghost?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Defcon, Jun 11, 2008.

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  1. Defcon

    Defcon Registered Member

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    I see many threads about ShadowProtect/Acronis/Paragon/IFW etc products for imaging and backup, yet Ghost is hardly mentioned. From looking at the product features of Ghost 14, it seems to supports all kinds of images and backups with a nice UI as well.

    At one of my previous jobs we had a huge test lab with thousands of pc's, all of which were imaged and tested with various versions of Ghost, and there was never a problem, and from what I've heard their technology is respected.

    Just wondering why so few people seem to use it as I've been considering it.
     
  2. demoneye

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    i can talkin my name and i am sure some will agree... i use ghost in its DOS mode for years ...the ver 8 i think..... since than they make it run in windows in very bad no polish form.

    actuley its "sit" in the os very heavy and behave bad,
    since there are so many other exlent products like the one u mention...who give a (bip) on this old papa :argh:

    chers:cautious:
     
  3. ErikAlbert

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    Does Norton Ghost have a Recovery CD ?
     
  4. sukarof

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    I have tried Ghost 12 and 14. I liked them. It was easy interface and I liked the file based backup and the fast incrementals.
    The only drawback was that I only managed to restore both successfully 3 respective 4 times, then they gave me some kind of restore error. I cant remember now what it was but that doesnt matter coz I only accept successful restore without any problems - every time. If they fail once then I can not trust them in the future.
    Compared to shadowprotect that have restored successfully more than 60 times (I´ve lost count)
    I have tried most of the imaging software (except Acronis)
    For some reason only Shadowprotect and Image for windows/DOS have never failed when restoring.
    So those are the only two imaging software that I can use on my rig.
     
  5. sukarof

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    Yes, Windows Vista PE same as Shadowprotect.
     
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    GHOST DROP ITS CROWN

    :D
     
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  7. ErikAlbert

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    Thanks. Then I have no comments on Norton Ghost. Just another Image Backup software, that needs to be tested like ShadowProtect, but I already made my choice and I have no plans to change it.
     
  8. Brian K

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    Defcon,

    I've used all of the Ghosts and like them. Ghost 14 is very similar to SP.

    I assume Symantec sell a lot of Ghost 14 but you are correct that we don't read much about it. Maybe not many people have problems. I don't really know.

    Sukarof, I'm confused. You reported a failed SP recovery here...

    http://forum.storagecraft.com/Community/forums/p/685/3265.aspx#3265
     
  9. ratchet

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    I'm probably the last person in the world to comment on this type of software since I still don't exactly know the differences between images, snapshots or whatever. Although I do get the gist between instant recovery and a Ghost type product. Anyway, about a year and a half ago there must have been a rebate on an upgrade to Ghost 10 which made the upgrade free, because quite a few ended up on ebay from people who just wanted to keep "9". I purchased it new for $25. It indeed does make a Recovery CD, that is the first step. I've never had to use it, but I've searched files and recovered them from my external HD several times. I back up about once to twice a month. I did read a review in PC World once and it rated it reasonably high and said it had the easiest and most logical GUI. Point is, I have had zero issues with it. I figure it falls under that mantra of "anything Norton (or MS) can't be good"!
     
  10. lodore

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    norton ghost 14 does its job very well. the recovery cd is based on vistape and boots very quickly. just like with SP you can do up incermentals up to eery 15minutes if you like. you also setup file backups. if your familer with shadow copys of files on windows where by you right click on a folder.properties and you can browse previous versions of files and restore them. ghost also has that feature if you right click and properties you can look at and restore the previous files. all done with schdules. completely set and forget once setup once. the things that annoyed me was the slow loading of the application at startup, the splash wont go away until its fully loaded and it takes ages. on powerful hardware, quad core Q6600 2.4ghz with 2gb of ram running vista home premium SP1
    plus the fact that everytime it starts a backup it has a massive banner in the right hand corner. so its a reliable product but its slow at loading at start up but the banners will annoy you after 5minutes.
     
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    then again nothing is 100percent.
     
  13. Defcon

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    You make a good point. Although in Norton's case it has always been true that their corporate products have been excellent, and the home versions have been screwed over by the bloated UI's. Ghost seems to be the former, now with file backup features.
     
  14. Brian K

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    No problems. Confusion is normal for me.
     
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    I haven't used it in a while but when i did it used the old recovery cd boot option which i don't like. I moved to trueimage which allows me to boot from an external hdd which for me is far more convenient and quicker.
     
  16. Huupi

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    Curiously,AFAIK the original developper of Ghost is the same guy now working as a chief architect developper at StorageCraft !:)

    Hence the similarities between Ghost and Shadowprotect.
     
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    Wich company/product is IFW?
     
  18. lodore

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    image for windows by terabyte unlimited.
     
  19. demoneye

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    btw as far as i check image software ...Norton Ghost the only software that required microshit frame work 2 ...which add alots of registry crap on the system for just using norton ghost
     
  20. Defcon

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    Thats a load of BS. You are biased against Microsoft.
     
  21. RAD

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    My prejudice against Norton Ghost is just an extension of my prejudice against all Norton/Symantec Products.

    In my experience they never just "perform their function". They weasle their way into every nook and cranny of your system, start themselves automatically, nag you with update screens and offers, and are a nightmare to ever get removed thoroughly.

    I could also NEVER get an answer to any question when I was a legitimate user of the Semantec Security Suite. They literally just ignore questions.

    Ghost probably actually works OK though. I have just vowed to never use Symantec again. I have heard other former customers voice similar complaints.

    They do have an agressive marketing dept. though...similar to Acronis. :D
     
  22. Howard Kaikow

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    Ghost 10 was just too buggy and intrusive.
    Later versions might be better.

    Also see Is TI better than Ghost?
     
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    I've been using GHost 12 and now 14. Never had any problems with any of these versions. Always been reliable for me :thumb:
     
  24. ErikAlbert

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    I know that Acronis and Paragon can backup an entire disk with all its partitions.
    SP can only backup a partition, not a complete disk. What about Norton Ghost ?
     
  25. Peter2150

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    Not quite true. SP can back up the whole disk, but it puts each partition in a separate image. Now on restore it's only one partition at a time.

    Pete
     
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