Getting Your Copy of Norton Ghost
You first need to decide which "version" of Norton Ghost is right for you. Here you'll find some insights.
MSRP for Norton Ghost 12 is US$70, and for NS&R 2.0 it's $50. So NS&R is cheaper (by ~28%).
If you'll be satisfied with NS&R 2.0, and don't need the extra features found in Ghost 12, you can get NS&R 2.0 in a package deal by purchasing the Premier Edition of Norton
System Works (NSW). Note that you need/want the Premier version of NSW, as the non-Premier version does not include Ghost or NS&R.
Now if you're still using Windows XP,you can probably save some money, by purchasing older products, which I feel offer more (usable) options than Symantec's newest programs.
Running Norton Ghost from (true) DOS
The following versions do *not* run from DOS > Ghost 9, Ghost 10, Ghost 12, all versions of Norton Save & Restore (NS&R) which include v1.0 & v2.0. All these programs are based on (Drive Image) software developed by PowerQuest, which was bought by Symantec on 05.dec.2003. They are run from Windows (sometimes calle hot-imaging).
I caution users of Ghost 2003 however, against relying too much on the Windows interface.
The main reason for creating a back-up image is for those very times when your
system [Windows] won't boot. For these times, you will boot from either a floppy disk, or a bootable CD or DVD.
Norton Ghost & RAID
If you don't know what RAID is, skip this section. I've never
used RAID myself. Altho not officially supported, Ghost should
work fine with any RAID controller that allows you to access the
drives from DOS. See here.
One reader says, "Drive Image hasn't worked for me with the Promise controller, but it works fine with the High Point. Ghost works fine with both."
One person had a problem with Ghost v7 imaging to a stripe created
by a 3Ware Escalade card. He has both NTFS and FAT32 partitions
on the stripe. I also heard of problems trying to image with Mylex
controllers (IBM bought Mylex).
Vorpal reports success with 3 different RAID-based motherboards: two with HighPoint and one with a Promise controller. He says that he's done a lot of imaging with both controllers without a problem.
But he *is* having a problem with his Epox AK7A+ (DDR-based AMD/Via hybrid). The Ghost Boot disk will not load. Other boot discs & bootable CD-ROM's work fine. He got around the problem by copying ghost.exe to a regular boot floppy. It works fine that way.
Vorpal also said that a special (free) version of Norton Ghost came with his Epox motherboard. It contained two separate .exe's: one for writing images, the other for reading them. I've never heard of this before. Also, this link [Storagereview forums] might be helpful.
Effects of Restoring Norton Ghost Image
Looking ahead to image restoration .. restoring an image can have "adverse" effects. This concerns your personal data which gets "rolled back" to the state your system was in when the image was created. [This tip comes from Christer.]
To avoid this you can move four folders off your system partition:
This is not necessary, but minimizes the adverse effects of restoring an image. Moving these folders is easy:
My Documents is moved by [in Windows Explorer] creating
a new My Documents folder on a different drive. Right-click
the desktop icon, choose "Properties" and then "Move".
Point to the desired location.
The Favorites folder is moved [in Windows Explorer] from C:\Documents and Settings\"User name"\ by right-clicking and dragging-n-dropping to the new drive, and choosing "Move Here". The registry is automatically edited to reflect the change.
The Address book is moved by [in Windows
Explorer] creating a new Address Book folder on a different drive. From:
You have to manually edit the registry. Click Start / Run and type "Regedit" in the run-dialog box and hit the <enter> key. Find the registry key: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WAB\WAB4\Wab File Name" and change the path to the new location. Close regedit and restart the computer. If you don't, it will create a new "User name".wab and default back to the original location.
E-mail storage location is moved by [in Windows Explorer] creating a new E-mail folder on a different drive. [I use the folder name "Mail".] From within Outlook Express, click Tools / Options / Maintenance and the "Store Folder" button. Click "Change" and point to the new location.
Using this method, you can configure multiple operating systems to use the same email directory. Restart Outlook Express for changes to take effect. The registry is automatically edited to reflect the change.
These steps are valid in Windows XP Pro. Other operating systems may vary. It is still necessary to backup the data in these folders.
Knowledge base, Errors codes, Manuals
For support from Symantec, see here. Symantecs Knowledge Base for v2003 is posted
here. For Ghost 9 it's here. For Ghost 10 it's here. You can find a list of all the switches
for Ghost posted here and also here.
Error codes are posted
here. Symantec has done away with their support forums.
You can determine the version number of your Ghost
2003 executable by finding the file named GhostStart.exe in your main Ghost directory. Right-click on this file and select 'Properties'. Click on the 'Version' tab, and then on the words 'File Version'. Mine says 2003.793.
Norton Ghost 2003 (build=793, cdrlib=3.1.25). Type "exit" at the command prompt to close the box. Next, let's look at some alternatives to Norton Ghost.