THIS SOFTWARE INHERITS the name of the original Ghost (the first widely used drive-imaging soft ware released by Binary Research in 1996) but none of the code, so I wouldn't buy it based on its ancestry. On the other hand, I might recommend buying Norton Ghost 12.0 because it has the best interface of any drive-imaging competitor, and it's the only product of its kind that won't frighten a completely nontechnical user. I like its capability to have specific events trigger a backup, but I encountered enough glitches to keep me from preferring it to our Edi¨tors' Choice product, ShadowProtect Desktop 3.1.
Like all its commercial rivals, Norton Ghost can create full backups of your drives, supplemented by scheduled incremental backups that include only changes made since the last full backup. What's more, the utility can save backup images on local or network drives or on writable DVDs. Like Acronis True Image 11 Home, it can also back up spe¨cific folders or file types, a convenience that could make Norton Ghost and True Image Home vie for first choice among users who want to maintain both full drive backups and smaller file backups.
Symantec is currently working on a minor upgrade, Norton Ghost 14.0. Maybe it will fix the networking problem that, for me, ruled out buying this version of the product.
If you've been considering to buy Norton Ghost 12, you may want to wait until we find out what's improved in the next version.