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Norton Ghost - Install Question

Norton Ghost –

I plan to purchase Norton Ghost.  Before installing, I checked Norton’s support options to see if I would have questions on the installation.  One of the steps mentioned was Advanced Options.  I plan to install Ghost on an external drive.  Which options should I choose from the below link?  Or do I need to worry about this option?

https://www-secure.symantec.com/norton-support/jsp/help-solutions.jsp?ct=us&docid=kb20100125103755EN_EndUserProfile_en_us&layout=Retail&lg=en&product=home&pvid=f-home&q=norton+ghost+backup+options&start=5&version=current

Thanks,

Jerry

12/20/12

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Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question


Jerry8A wrote:

Norton Ghost –

I plan to purchase Norton Ghost.  Before installing, I checked Norton’s support options to see if I would have questions on the installation.  One of the steps mentioned was Advanced Options.  I plan to install Ghost on an external drive.  Which options should I choose from the below link?  Or do I need to worry about this option?

https://www-secure.symantec.com/norton-support/jsp/help-solutions.jsp?ct=us&docid=kb20100125103755EN_EndUserProfile_en_us&layout=Retail&lg=en&product=home&pvid=f-home&q=norton+ghost+backup+options&start=5&version=current

Thanks,

Jerry

12/20/12


Welcome Jerry,

I guess my first question would be how do you plan to use Ghost? The reference is for copying a drive rather than backing one up. Both features are available and work well.

My second question is why install on an external drive?

Thanks

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Looks like I miscommunicated.  I plan to install Ghost on my C drive and then use an external drive for full system backups.

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question


Jerry8A wrote:

Looks like I miscommunicated.  I plan to install Ghost on my C drive and then use an external drive for full system backups.

Jerry


Jerry,

Much clearer. The defaults for most of the settings should work well. I back up my primary drive twice a week [incrementals] and do a full backup monthly. I've also set the program to retain two backups.

Keep us posted

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Hello Dick –

Maybe you can field another question.  In the Support pages it talked about Differential, Incemental  and Full Backups.  I assume I will be asked to choose one.  Can you provide a Norton link that explains these choices?  I see that you use Incremental.  Thanks for supplying your choices.  It can give me a guide.   I want to be sure that any choice I choose will back up all system settings and contents I have on my C drive listed as OS(C:)

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Just to add my little bit,

do a "One Time Backup" from the "Tasks" menu first, essential in my opinion to create a quick and simple pc backup. Then mess around with incrementals and base backups.

With a one time backup it is easy to do and there are no "complicated settings" to worry about it is dead simple.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Deric -

Thanks for your input.  Any bit of help is appreciated.  I have tried backup programs with third party companies and found it somewhat intimidating and not fully clear on the "little things."  In fact I was using such a program and when I needed to restore my system, it failed.  No doubt it was something I did wrong when I installed it.  The reason I am considering Norton Ghost is hoping it will provide install steps that aren't confusing.

Perhaps Dick will follow up on my questions to him.

Thanks,

Jerry

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Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Ghost does not do differentials, only full images and incrementals.  Incrementals only backup the stuff that has changed since the last full image, making them much smaller and faster to make.

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question


Jerry8A wrote:

Deric -

Thanks for your input.  Any bit of help is appreciated.  I have tried backup programs with third party companies and found it somewhat intimidating and not fully clear on the "little things."  In fact I was using such a program and when I needed to restore my system, it failed.  No doubt it was something I did wrong when I installed it.  The reason I am considering Norton Ghost is hoping it will provide install steps that aren't confusing.

Perhaps Dick will follow up on my questions to him.

Thanks,

Jerry


Jerry,

Using the "one time backup" image that too is simple to run, I run them regularly to re-image after messing around as I do trying this and that.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Hello -

I think I know the answer to this, but wanted to check.  Can I backup to a flash drive?

Jerry

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Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question


Jerry8A wrote:

Hello -

I think I know the answer to this, but wanted to check.  Can I backup to a flash drive?

Jerry


Yes. if it is big enough to hold the image. If the UFD does not have the capacity, Ghost will fill the UFD, then split the image and ask you to insert the next media. It will expect the same drive letter, so you may have to go into Disk Managment to give the addional UFD(s) the same letter.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Appreciate all the input.  I ordered Norton Ghost 15 and it should be here around the 24th.  I plan to purchase an external hard drive for my backups.  I am going to keep this thread open until after my installation in case I have further questions.

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

We'll be here when you need us

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Hello –

I have four questions at this point.  I backed up Norton to my drive M.

1. When I backed up Norton it gave me a schedule.  How can I delete that option from my backup?  See below.

2. I have two external drives at K and M locations.  I backed up Norton to M.  After doing that I found the external drive at K was not backed up.  See below.  If I want to back up the K drive next time I back up, what do I need to change?

3. If I choose to not back up the K drive, will I always receive the “At Risk” notice?

4. The One Time Backup, which I would like to use, says it is not saved.  It later says I can restore lost data.  So, if I use that option are all backups saved for future recovery?  See below.  Also I see an option called “Run Now.”  See below.  How does that differ from One Time Backup?

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Hello -

After my previous post I  wanted to edit it but could not.  Anyway, after the post I think I found the steps for question 1 thru 3.  So, my remaining question is #4 on the previous post.

I went ahead and tried "Run Now."  When it was finished it indicated my Drive D was backed up.  See below.  So, my question is why don't I see my Drive C as being backed up as well?

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

When you run a "One Time Backup" if you have multiple partitions on your C: drive you must highlight ALL partitions on that drive to back up your Computer.Eg. C: D: E: etc.and direct the backup to your external drive preferably in a folder on that drive.

Ghost will then show as no risk and backed up, if you could post a pic of your disk management we can tell you exactly what to do.

Deric.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

My computer hard drive contains C and D.  K an M are external drives.  I back up Norton to my M drive.  After I do a One Time Backup I will want to delete the backup that indicates I am at risk.  However, I am still not sure per my previous posts if a One Time Backup can be saved for future system recovery.  See Welcome to the One Time Back Up Wizard screen shot in previous post.  Below is my disk management.

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

It says the backup JOB is not saved.  That is the settings you used to perform the task, the source drive, destination location, etc.  All those settings are only saved if you schedule a backup job.  The image file is indeed saved and you can use it to restore your system.

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Dave -

Thanks for the clarification.  Deric indicated he will assist in my using One Time Backup.  I don't want to get the At Risk notice on future backups.

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

If that K drive is an external drive you do not want to backup, then Open Ghost and click the big button "Advanced"

Right click on the K drive and select "Customize statis reporting"

Then select "No statis reporting"

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Dave -

Got it.  Now the screen shot below, for some reason (probably something I did), shows drive D not reporting.  Eric said I need to have all partitions on my computer drive backed up to ensure a full system backup of My Computer.  So, that seems to tell me I need to change the status of my D drive.  Do you agree?

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Only you can see your images until they get approved.  Your images from earlier are still not visible to us because it's taking a long time with the holidays.

But yes, eric is correct, you need to have a backup of each drive that you would ever need to restore.

If it is set to "no reporting" and you want it to notify you when it is not backed up you will need to change that one too.

Change that one to full reporting and your external to no reporting.

Dave

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Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Here is where I am now.  Not sure what you want me to do with changing external to “Not Reported.”  Are you saying I should change the last listing called Norton Backup to “Not Reported?”

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Hi Jerry, Yes,

full reporting is only necessary for C: drive and the partitions you want backing up on C: drive. Both external drives K: and M:can be set as No reporting. Dave has explained exactly what you should do, all I am doing now is elaborating a bit.

You are now in an excellent position with C: drive fully backed up, if you want you can now play with incremental backups and if you want to run them we or I can post a series of pics to show you how it is done.

Rest assured you are now safe, I don't use incremental backups because I prefer the much simpler "One Time Backup"  which is a manual option and you can run one at anytime you like. My recoverys have never failed with the "One Time" option, ( make sure you ticked the box validate) Incremental backups are a bit complicated for the new user, best to get to know Ghost before you start experimenting.

Lastly, Recovery D: won't be needed from now on because Ghost will recover all your setting etc. that you had on the day you ran a "One Time" backup so on a recovery just highlight C: and bingo you have a pc up and running in no time.

There is nothing stopping you recovering D: if you want, it is just not necessary.

By the way, if you want to show us a pic of Disk Management right click on the Computer icon, click Manage and then disk management. That will show you and us what drives and partitions are on the computer and whether you have any "complicated" drives or partitions.

Deric.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

Hello Deric –

I know you folks are busy and I really, really, appreciate your detailed answers.  For a beginner they are needed.  Below is the screen shot you mentioned.

1.However, I would like to remove one of my recovery points.  I think I backed up an  unnecessary backup. Could you please find the thread  Deleting Recovering Points-How? and comment.

2. Also, Dave said in a previous post “Only you can see your images until they get approved. Your images from earlier are still not visible to us because it's taking a long time with the holidays.”

What does that mean?  Are you saying I cannot restore my system until the images are approved?  And, if that is correct, do I get a notice when they are approved? 

Jerry

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question


Jerry8A wrote:

2. Also, Dave said in a previous post “Only you can see your images until they get approved. Your images from earlier are still not visible to us because it's taking a long time with the holidays.”

What does that mean?  Are you saying I cannot restore my system until the images are approved?  And, if that is correct, do I get a notice when they are approved? 

Jerry


We cannot see pictures you insert into a post until they are approved by a moderator. You can check this by opening another browser or signing out of the community then viewing your post.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question


Jerry8A wrote:

Hello Deric –

I know you folks are busy and I really, really, appreciate your detailed answers.  For a beginner they are needed.  Below is the screen shot you mentioned.

1.However, I would like to remove one of my recovery points.  I think I backed up an  unnecessary backup. Could you please find the thread  Deleting Recovering Points-How? and comment.


Hi Jerry,

On your external drive you can manually delete the recovery point you don't want.

The best plan is to create a folder on your external drive and call it "Backup 1" for example, then it is easy to select and delete it.

You may need to clear the history by stopping the Norton Ghost service in "Services" and deleting the necessary files see Red's post Here for his instructions how to do it.

Don't worry about our time we are here to help, don't hesitate to ask better that way than to mess up.

Before you do any deleting run another "One Time Backup" into a folder on your external drive just to be on the safe side.

We still can't see your pic yet.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost - Install Question

I spoke too soon, we can see disk management and you have 3 partitions on disk 0 the EISA is the one I am not too sure about but run a backup again and backup all 3 partitions on disk 0.

Dave, Red and Brian are better to advise  on the 55MB partition.

Deric

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