03-12-2010 11:24 PM - edited 03-13-2010 12:17 AM
Hello fellow Community members,
First, I want to welcome everyone to the Norton community. Many of you will probably recognize me as a long time member and one who posts heavily here in the Other Products Forum. For those who don't recognize me, a little background.
I am a long time user of various Symantec products, including Ghost, Norton Systemworks (NSW), Norton Utilities, Norton Anti-Virus (NAV), Norton Internet Security (NIS) and Norton 360. In this post I am going to concentrate on Norton Ghost. I started my experience with Norton Ghost version 9 and have worked up through all versions since then, including version 9, 10, 12, 14 and finally 15. What I want to concentrate on here is to outline the differences between File and Folder Backups vs Image backup (or Backup My Computer) with Norton Ghost.
About File and Folder Backups:
When many people think about backing up important day to day documents they think about file and folder backups. It seems very straight forward. In a generic sense this works just fine in most cases.
Some do file and folder backups exclusively and this is great if all you care about is personal documents. However, if you care about restoring your system drive (which contains your OS) this is never enough. You will not be able to restore your OS through this method. If your system drive crashed and all you have is file and folder backups, you will be forced to reinstall your OS and ALL applications after which you can restore your personal documents. If this is not a big deal to you then you are all set, otherwise you need to do more (explained below).
Some believe that if you do an image backup on your system drive you must also do a file and folder backup. This is NOT true and is completely redundant.
Some believe that you should do an image backup on your system (OS) drive and a file and folder backup on everything else. Though this works, there is another alternative which is to do an image backup on all drives.
Now to outline some of the pros and cons of Image backups (Backup My Computer) vs File and Folder Backups.
Pros of File and Folder Backup:
Cons of File and Folder Backups:
Pros of Image Backups (Backup My Computer):
Cons of Image Backups (Backup My Computer):
As you can see from the list above, image backups performed with Ghost have far more pros than cons and once you get used to the concept of image backups it is actually much more straight forward than file and folder backups with Ghost.
FYI: I perform exclusively image backups on all 3 of my internal hard drives. The only time I use file and folder backup is for testing purposes to assist on the forums here.
I hope this information will be of use and please let me know if you have any questions or need clarification on anything.
Thanks very much for reading through my long post!
03-13-2010 02:22 PM
Thanks for the kind words. I'm happy to help out when I can.
04-13-2010 02:41 PM
04-14-2010 03:04 AM
I've divided my hard-disk into several partitions and using one partition for documents.
Making image backups (incemental) with Ghost 15 from the C-partion and my documents-partion to my second hard-disk and external hard-disk (offsite destination).
Works like a charme.