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Kudos0

Norton Ghost 14 backup questions

  I'm using the old Ghost 14 program to backup my PC's harddrive through a USB port to an external Harddrive.  I have the schedule set to backup the drive on a weekly basis.  I'm sure this is good enough to protect me from a major data loss.  If malware gets through NIS 2010, would it most probably get to the external backup drive also?  I don't change my PC's data very often and was trying to find a way I could perhaps schedule Ghost to run on the first of each month?  Also if I turn off the external harddrive, to protect the data, everytime I boot up, I get an error message from Ghost that it cannot find the external harddrive.  Is there a way I can prevent this message?    The program works great, now I'm just trying to fine tune it.

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Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost 14 backup questions

Hi PC_confused,

I've never actually heard of an infection hitting a backup drive though theoretically anything is possible. The vast majority of all malware out there will target your system drive, for obvious reasons.

Your biggest risk from a backup drive perspective is that you could backup one of your other drives (primarily again the system drive) and if that drive had malware present, it would of course also be present in your backup image. But in this case your backup drive does not actually contain an active infection, rather it is just present in the compressed Ghost backup image file. The risk would then be if you restored your system drive with a backup image that contained said infection. The infection would then become live so to speak.

This is one of the reasons (though not the only one) why I always recommend having at least 2-3 and preferably more full backup sets. Backup set is defined as the BASE + all incrementals built off of that base. I also recommend having the backup span a period of at least a full month if not longer. The idea is that if you get hit with an infection you will probably know it before that month is out and should then have a backup which does not have that infection present.

I actually have an internal RAID array for my backup drive and this has never been an issue.

It is also OK to unplug your external USB drive as desired. You can configure Ghost to not warn you about things like this but I'm not sure you would really want to. If you go to Tasks (menu not tab) and select Options, then click on Tray Icon you will see several things there which you can either put a checkmark on to be notified of or removed if you don't want notification.

For backup drive missing, it would be either missed backups or error messages. Clearing one or both of those will probably suppress that message but again I"m not sure you would want to do that because you could lose visibility to other error messages which you DO care about. Of the two, error message is probably the one which would report backup drive is missing provided that the last scheduled backup was indeed performed.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes.

Allen

Windows 7 Ultimate SP 1, 64 bit, 32 GB * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32* Ghost 15 * IE 9, Firefox, Safari. Test laptop with W7 Home Premium 64 bit * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32
Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost 14 backup questions

AllenM - Thank you for the reply and information.  If I read your reply correctly, even you recommended a backup at least once a month.  How do I set the schedule up to record monthly?  The only time frame I can see, is what day of the week..  Or do you just manually run the backups?

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost 14 backup questions


PC_confused wrote:

AllenM - Thank you for the reply and information.  If I read your reply correctly, even you recommended a backup at least once a month.  How do I set the schedule up to record monthly?  The only time frame I can see, is what day of the week..  Or do you just manually run the backups?


HI PC_confused,

No I didn't say to run a backup at least once a month, I said you should have at least a month's worth of backups and I would recommend more like 2 months.

The backup itself should be run more frequently. This could be daily, weekly or whatever depending on how frequently your data changes.

Please see the following post for information regarding the creating of a new base vs the incremental backups which run after the base image is created.

http://community.norton.com/t5/Other-Norton-Products/Norton-Ghost-14-second-schedule-back-not-incrementing/m-p/201560/highlight/true#M19468

Also see the following thread.

http://community.norton.com/t5/Other-Norton-Products/Ghost-15-Back-up-files/m-p/232432/highlight/true#M22919

Please let me know if you need something clarified.

Best wishes.

Allen

Windows 7 Ultimate SP 1, 64 bit, 32 GB * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32* Ghost 15 * IE 9, Firefox, Safari. Test laptop with W7 Home Premium 64 bit * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32
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Re: Norton Ghost 14 backup questions

HI PC_confused,

I noticed you logged on and am wondering if there are any more questions I can answer.

I also have a side question for you. When did you get Ghost 14? Was it recently? Ghost 15 is the latest version and there has also been a problem with Symantec online store where it refers to Ghost 14 instead of 15. So if you purchased this from Symantec recently (since the online store problem started) you will be entitled to Ghost 15 at no additional charge.

Best wishes.

Allen

Windows 7 Ultimate SP 1, 64 bit, 32 GB * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32* Ghost 15 * IE 9, Firefox, Safari. Test laptop with W7 Home Premium 64 bit * NIS Vers. 21.6.0.32

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