Later versions can write DVDs. Symantec Ghost 8. Ghost 8. Transition from DOS[ edit ] The off-line version of Ghost, which runs from bootable media in place of the installed operating system, originally faced a number of driver support difficulties due to limitations of the increasingly obsolete bit DOS environment.
Mouse support was possible but often left out due to the limited space for drivers on a floppy disk. As widespread support for DOS went into decline, it became increasingly difficult to get hardware drivers for DOS for the newer hardware. Disk imaging competitors to Ghost have dealt with the decline of DOS by moving to other recovery environments such as FreeBSD , Linux or Windows PE , where they can draw on current driver development to be able to image newer models of disk controllers.
Ghost 8 and later are Windows programs; as such, they can run on Windows PE, BartPE or Hiren's BootCD and use the same plug and play hardware drivers as a standard desktop computer, making hardware support for Ghost much simpler. Norton Ghost [ edit ] Norton Ghost , a consumer edition of Ghost, was released on September 6, Available as an independent product, Norton Ghost was also included as a component of Norton SystemWorks Professional.
A simpler, non-corporate version of Ghost, Norton Ghost does not include the console but has a Windows front-end to script Ghost operations and create a bootable Ghost diskette. The machine still needs to reboot to the virtual partition, but the user does not need to interact with DOS.
Symantec deprecated LiveUpdate support for Norton Ghost in early Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 1. This helped clarify the difference between the consumer and business editions of the product. Ghost Solution Suite 1. It can create an image file that is larger than 2 GB.
In Ghost 8. Other new features include more comprehensive manufacturing tools, and the ability to create a "universal boot disk". On August 2, , Norton Ghost 9.
Ghost 9 continues to leverage the PowerQuest file format, meaning it is not backward compatible with previous versions of Ghost. However, a version of Ghost 8. Norton Ghost 9. It represents a significant shift in the consumer product line from Ghost , in several ways: It is a Windows program that must be installed on the target system. It was released on August 2, as a new consumer version of Ghost and was based on version 7 of Drive Image product. After the acquisition the original Ghost codebase was abandoned.
This is not the first time Semantic "killed" the product in such a way. Like Computer Associates Symantec is a company that is living by acquisitions and like CA and before CA it developed a bad habit of purchasing other utility companies to cut down on the competition and either rename comparing product to sell it as the next version of the Symantec line that happened with several great programs that were acquired by Symantec and later killed.
Remember Central Point Utilities and Xtree? They used to compete with the Norton utilities and Norton Commander that Symantec bought before and they vanished after Symantec bought the company. And Norton Utilities which were a very good product in DOS days, went downhill in Symantec hands and gradually become a less useful and more dangerous bloatware. So they convert it into installation-based set of Utilities and a lot of good qualities of the original Norton Utilities disappeared without any trace.
But let's return to Ghost. There are several ways to run Ghost, but the classic way is to using it after booting from the DOS boot disk I recommend using Windows 98 boot disk. You need to launch ghost. To summarize the historical development of Norton Ghost we can say that there are two major version of Ghost: Ghost Ghost was the last version of the original product line.
Earlier versions of Ghost until version 8, or Ghost , see below required direct manual rebooting of the computer using DOS bootable disk or CD. Ghost can boot from virtual partition or boot remotely using a network boot using 3Com Boot Services. This is a more convenient operation but rebooting might create problem in docked laptops as DOS might not see the drives present in dock after the reboot.
Ghost provides the Ghost Boot Wizard to help automatically create a bootable floppy disk. It make sense to create several of them just in case, write the code that is used on the floppy label and attach one to the computer. It consist of the following main programs those should be updated via live update to version of May 28, or later: The disk contains K of free space, enough for Volkov commander with several useful plug-ins.
Drive should be plugged directly into the main USB ports on the computer to allow Ghost to access it. Still the most reliable way is to use a regular harddrive with FAT32 partitions. Network drive is also a possibility but here you depends on reliability of the second computer.
Ghost hides classic, simple way of using the program by booting into DOS by creating a virtual DOS partition which is very convenient for laptops that does not have floppy drive , but you should not forget about the basic fact: All-in-all not all new features introduced by Symantec in later versions of Ghost are completely useless and Symantec still managed not to destroy the product five years after the acquisition ;-.
So far Ghost did not share the fate of Norton Utilities. Actually the Ghost Virtual Partition and is a rather slick idea: The Virtual Partition is a file stored on the hard disk. When Ghost restarts the computer, the computer uses the information from that file to load DOS and other required files, and to run Ghost.
As I mentioned before this way in a laptop environment you do not need a floppy drive to create an image, which is important for many laptop users. In earlier ghost versions the DOS executable file is Ghostpe.
You can connect to the network or any other standalone machine over a peer-to-peer link, either through your parallel port, USB port, or even your network card. The Ghost boot disk contains some generic drivers for these hardware connections. Network administrators can also use Norton Ghost to deploy multiple machines on a network but "Professional version" is better equipped for that.
If you get machines of the same configuration, then you can configure one, create a ghost image, and copy it across the remaining machines.
Ghost also has many command-line parameters, such as those for checking image file integrity, etc. If your operating system is not responding, this tool lets you boot your PC, restore a backup image and perform system fixes and virus scans. Norton Ghost 9. That provides the possibility of direct burning of image on DVD operating that was possible in Ghost but was too slow to be useful.
If you previously created a disk image or partition image file, you can use that file to restore the disk or partition. If the harddrive is physically damaged, you can restore the disk or partition from the image to a different hard disk. What is really impressive is that Ghost image is not a monolithic archive. Norton Ghost 9 can mount images as a drive so that the backup copy looks just like the original drive. Both solutions are pretty amazing and provide flexibility not available in Unix world.
The speed of Norton Ghost in disk to disk operation is really amazing: For typical windows XP C drive say 10G of data Ghost takes approximately 25 min and produces image approximately 7G in size. For comparison to create a RAR archive for the 4G partition takes over an hour on the same computer.
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After the Symantec acquisition, a few functions such as translation into other languages were moved elsewhere, but the main development remained in Auckland until October at which time much was moved to India. However, version 3. Ghost could clone a disk or partition to another disk or partition or to an image file. Ghost allows for writing a clone or image to a second disk in the same machine, another machine linked by a parallel or network cable, a network drive, or to a tape drive. Ghost 4. Multicasting supports sending a single backup image simultaneously to other machines without putting greater stress on the network than by sending an image to a single machine.