Norton Ghost 12.0 Beta about to Debut

The latest version of Norton Ghost is 10.0. And yet, Symantec has recently sent out e-mails to beta testers chosen to test drive version 12.0 of their backup and restore product. As usual, users must accept the invitation by simply clicking a link included in the e-mail. Norton Ghost 12.0 will offer typical Symantec Norton Save & Restore functions as well as advanced features like Remote Management, Physical to Virtual image conversion, and LightsOut Recovery.

Symantec says they are only interested in "advanced computer users" because the software "may not be easy to use" for "novice users". Norton Ghost 12.0 will support 32-bit and 64-bit versions of both Windows XP and Windows Vista RTM but does not support Windows 2000 platforms or Windows Server 2003. Testing is expected to last until March 2007. Expect the retail version to be released a few months later.

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Ghost 12 bot cd does not (yet) have a ghost 2003 type utility. I have begged them for it ans they are considering putting it on there like it was in Ghost 10. The only thing I don't like so far about Ghost 12 is that annoying tray icon/process whihc can't easily be turned off unless you stop the service. Ghost rules with the ghost 2003 type of imaging, so I hope they put it or similar back in prior to release.

LOL, I just yesterday uninstalled a copy of Norton Ghost and the uninstaller caused a BSOD. :D

I think I'll leave my thoughts of this software at that and just recommend Acronis.

For simple imaging and restoring, Microsoft's ImageX (which is used to capture Vista images to deploy them on lots of pcs) does the trick.
It's free too. If you could map a network drive from WinPE, it would be a lot better though.

ghost 2003 is the last "good" version of ghost, period! ... all the newer version of ghost SUCK.

plus ghost 2003 boots from either floppy disc or u can custom make a bootable cd-rw and it just works... the newer versions just dont seem to work well/and are unreliable etc.... probably mostly due to it trying to image the drives from windows instead of a dos based way which is FAR more reliable.

if you want a "quality" drive imaging program ghost 2003 (which i believe is version 8 ) is by far the best.

That's true, ghost 2003 is great, but it doesn't have safety build-in warnings; one little misstep and it's bye-bye partition and the hundred of gig of data with it. Happened to me twice, yet I still use it ...


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Maysky said,
That's true, ghost 2003 is great, but it doesn't have safety build-in warnings; one little misstep and it's bye-bye partition and the hundred of gig of data with it. Happened to me twice, yet I still use it ...


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you got a good point... but thats why i NEVER do something i aint SURE about ... so i basically dont have that problem although you do have a good point as im sure it can shaft alot of people.

cause me personally i recently bought a 400GB hdd.... so my total HDD space is upto 850GB

ThaCrip said,
ghost 2003 is the last "good" version of ghost, period! ... all the newer version of ghost SUCK.

...because it isn't Ghost - at least not as you knew it. It's actually a renamed version of Drive Image from PowerQuest (who were bought out) which was crap then and still is now.

Stick with Acronis products they just "work" without any fuss or long waits for booting off CD..

dangel said,

...because it isn't Ghost - at least not as you knew it. It's actually a renamed version of Drive Image from PowerQuest (who were bought out) which was crap then and still is now.

Stick with Acronis products they just "work" without any fuss or long waits for booting off CD..

The thing is I *WANT* to boot off of CD. Im doing ENTIRE HDD backups of computers. Unless Acronis can RELIABLY image the system drive wile your booted off of it im sticking with Ghost 2003.

And what are you using? A .00000001x CD rom? Ghost 2003 boots in like 10 seconds.

necrosis said,
The thing is I *WANT* to boot off of CD. Im doing ENTIRE HDD backups of computers. Unless Acronis can RELIABLY image the system drive wile your booted off of it im sticking with Ghost 2003.

And what are you using? A .00000001x CD rom? Ghost 2003 boots in like 10 seconds.

what the heck are you talking about? The only way I make images is booting off the Acronis rescue media.. It has SATA/RAID/SCSI/Firewire/USB support and a LOT of network support for making image to NAS support easy, try that with ghost... you have to manually make a boot disc for every network card you have in that case.... Acronis rescue media can image entire drives a lot faster then ghost, heck I used ghost until Acronis 10 now wont even touch ghost... Ghost really does suck when you look at it after using True Image 10 from the rescue CD it makes... does everything that ghost does plus more, faster, and more reliable... heck ghost throws NO-OP's constantly so it runs your CPU at 100% through the entire process, isnt multi threaded and compression isnt that good. Acronis on the other hand is multi-threaded supports CPU idle so it doesnt run at 100% CPU Usage the whole time when its doing nothing, and has much better compression schemes

I just got Acronis True Image 10 Home. This is a wonderful product. I just backed up my entire boot drive (real size admittedly just under 8GB) to 1 bootable DVD in less than 30 minutes. i tested it by booting and it loads up a full version of TI in RAM and I can now restore my entire boot partition in about 30 more minutes. I'm upgrading this machine in a couple of weeks so this is going to be a godsend. I just refuse to believe that Symantec can produce quality software anymore. Ghost 10 sucks bad compared to TI 10. $50.

I prefer Acronis, but like many have just got a invite to test this. We will see who wins

on another note how did you create a self booting backup?

If you are going to restore to different hardware you are best of using Acronis Universal Restore to make sure that you don't have any problems...

when you say upgrading your machine... i hope u just mean hard drive cause if your upgrading something major like motherboard it's strongly recommended to install windows from scratch ... otherwise your system will probably act up.

ThaCrip said,
when you say upgrading your machine... i hope u just mean hard drive cause if your upgrading something major like motherboard it's strongly recommended to install windows from scratch ... otherwise your system will probably act up.

This is the idea behind Acronis Universal Restore..

XY GT said,

This is the idea behind Acronis Universal Restore..

wait a sec... are you saying that acronis can restore a image file from a old pc to a brand new mobo without all the weird errors you get with usual methods? ... if thats true then thats pretty great! :)

i guess though even if that works... me personally i would still probably do the clean install of windows since performance will be optimal that way since it's a fresh installation ... although i can see why people dont like doing fresh installs as it can burn up hours of your free time to get everything "just right" again.

i hope this aint as bad as their last 4+ iterations of the security suite.
man i remember when systemworks with ghost and all that was off the chain, and everyone used it and it was great. but that was over at least 4 years ago, and now it is a huge piece of bloated, in-need-of-the-garbage-disposal, software.