Norton Ghost 2003 isnít always a home userís first choice
of product, always on the look out for a more cost effective and mainly
cheaper product that does the same exact thing. However the new interface
would have to be the easiest interface I have ever used, unlike the last ghost
program I used (2000) the DOS portion of the program didnít leave me guessing
whether or not I was going to format drives that were still operational. The
new interface gives you both the option to restore while in an operating
system as well as in a disaster situation / hard drive failure.
The procedure of backing up entire drives including boot
sectors and also those most precious files can be a bit hairy for some
people. Not knowing what you're actually doing and letting the program take
over. But as you will find with Norton Ghost 2003 it lets you in on every
little move it makes. The tutorials that are supplied canít be any easier to
under stand it goes through an intense step by step procedure. The best thing
is you donít have to sit through 2 hours of tutorials or 5 hours of reading to
get to the bit you're after: from the menu you can select the type of
backup procedure you're trying to accomplish.
Though I didnít find much of information in the manual
(hard copy) that was in the tutorials, Norton Ghost did continually remind me
in the manual that when creating a disaster CD/DVD back up that there was no
need to create a boot disk. Small things like this make it a good reason to
always read manuals as there are just those little things that can trip you
So, when restoring drives all you need to do is boot the
machine and change the boot sequence to start on your CD/DVD drive and the 1st
CD/DVD will install standard drivers for the CD/DVD rom and run ghost.exe
Creating the backup ready
for the worst is a simple matter of deciding exactly what type of backup YOU
want to create be it peer to peer, clone or to a CD/DVD simply choose the
drive you want saved and the media you want it written to (CD/DVD etc) and the
ghost will take you through your options creating names for your backups,
dates and of course advising you exactly what if anything you may need to
utilize them. When youíre at the end, click run and it will do the rest.
Taking you into the DOS based backup system.