Ghost Haunts Smaller Sites

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-11-05

Symantec is passing off its recently released Norton Ghost 2002 disk-cloning tool as a backup tool for road warriors and small business.

However, after working with the $69 product, I recommend sticking to any of several backup utilities and services that are often cheaper—about $20 for shareware tools—or more convenient to use.

Even though I could add new files to the disk image, it was still difficult to use Ghost 2002 as a backup tool because it is really a disk-cloning utility. To back up my changes, I had to go through a number of steps to start up the Ghost 2002 cloning process. Most backup utilities track file changes and automate most of this process.

The Ghost product line has a place in the enterprise, but home and small-business users should steer clear of this offering.

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