Question regarding Norton Ghost...

By b00h_
May 21, 2006
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  1. Hey all.

    I've never used Norton Ghost before, so I have a question or two about it, I was hoping you could help me answering them.

    Well, let's say I format drive C:\ and I backup drive C:\ beforehand with Norton Ghost, and save the image file in drive D:\.

    Will I be able to restore all of the information stored in the image file to drive C:\, and everything that was on it prior the format? What happens if I stored anything in drive C:\ before restoring the image file's content? Will it be deleted?

    Can I use the 1.44" bootable floppy disk on the same basis in DOS?

    During the operation process of Norton Ghost (i.e, when everything is being copied), can anything happen to the other drives in the PC?

    I need help on the topic, I've read guides and understood everything, and all, but those are questions I was still asking myself.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Yes, applying the image will effectively destroy everything on the target partition.

    Use the floppy for what? Yes, you can boot older versions of Ghost from a floppy. No, you can't store a reasonable-sized Ghost image on a floppy :D

    Any hard drive can fail at any moment no matter if you are using Ghost, some other program, or doing nothing at all.
    Ghost will only write to the targets you select. So unless you do something wrong, the data on other drives will be safe.

    You have to be able tell the difference between drives and partitions of course.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I always recommend storing backups to another physical device. What's the point of backing up if the device you store it on fails?
    Getting a second hard drive is not only cheap, but very cost effective and worth the investment in the event of a failure.
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