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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.5 stars

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current version:

    1.4 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Version 15 Appears To Be Better!"

    September 30, 2010  |   By Digital_jammer

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    So far this version (with Win 7 Ultimate) and only 512Mg instead of 1 gig of memory runs faster, is NOT as complex to use, in fact it's easy to use, and I believe the price is cheaper.

    Cons

    Have yet to do a full restore, so I can not say it it restores correctly yet. I am worried because the back up images and files it wrote to my external hard drive show 0 Kb of space used,

    Summary

    I have only fot as far as a full back up of my C drive, I have not needed to do a full restore yet. I am very worried over the fact all of the back up images and files left on my 1 TB external hard drive read 0 KB! . I have done a full C drive back up and it took less than an hour for my 160 gig drive.

    Assuming this does restore everything correctly then it is much better. So far it was very easy to back up my C drive in less than 1 hour running Version 15, and Windows 7 only only 512Mb of ram.

    Either way Version 15 appears better all the way around. But I still have not done a full restore yet, and I question why the back up files and images are showing 0 Kb in size.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "very dissapointed in the download"

    September 5, 2010  |   By irishmistmr

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    none could not use the product

    Cons

    Was suppose to have full use during trial period but could only use to portions and these were the ones I didn't need.

    Summary

    The product gives false information before downloading trying to get you to by the product.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It's a rather complex program demanding time to learn"

    August 7, 2010  |   By Wim_Damstra

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    Automatically backups up harddisk(s) at a pre-installed date and time and apart from that you can backup f.i. daily selected files; furthermore you can make a separate backup of your drive(s) on an external drive.

    Cons

    It's rather complex to understand all the possibilities and in my dutch version the helpfile is in polish (help_nl) which can't be replaced by the english version as it is immidiately corrected (there are only a few dutchmen understanding polish!).

    Summary



    Updated on Aug 7, 2010

    I don't recommend it as restores are unreliable.
    (I think back longingly to the former reliable DOS version of Ghost!)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "unreliable"

    May 19, 2010  |   By calebcrawford

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    I don't know. I am just glad I never had to rely on it in the event of a catastrophic hard drive crash.

    Cons

    I can't rely on it. After the 4th time uninstalling and reinstalling I am giving up. The appended data backup will fail after sometimes 10 days, this time after 4. The computer backup is even worse - it never appends.

    Summary

    Bottom line: what happened to Symantec? Their whole product line has imploded.

    I have little control over the nature of the backup - there are no compression settings so everything is coded. I am a little old-school, and like to see the files and folders as they sit on my drive. Will Apple please come out with Time Machine for Windows?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I Killed The Ghost In My Computer"

    February 5, 2010  |   By Gold Dust

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    Looks Good Just Like A Picture That Hangs On A Wall.

    Cons

    It Killed My Hard Drive, I Had To Use System Restore To Get My Computer Back!

    Summary

    Do Buy This GARBAGE!

    Updated on Feb 7, 2010

    I Gave CPR To Ghost So Now It Is Back In My Computer, After All $70.00 Is A Lot Of Money To Throw Away, So I Am Learning How To Use It Right.......And Now I Love It, So Five Stars * * * * *!

    Updated on Feb 14, 2010

    Ghost Killed My Drive Again, So I Killed Ghost! Norton GoBack Is The Best, They Have It On eBay.

    Updated on Feb 23, 2010

    You Can Not Kill A Ghost So I Brought It Back, Since It Is One Of The Best Backups Out There I Will Just Have To Learn How To Use It, But You Never Know With Me.

    Updated on Mar 9, 2010

    GHOST REALLY IS DEAD NOW!

    Updated on Mar 10, 2010

    Error Has No Fix For Ghost (Error E7C30010: Device\\.Physicaldrive Cannot Write 8,192 Sectors Starting At LBA 63, Error 00000005: Access Is Denied)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I would never buy it or use it free"

    December 10, 2009  |   By comicfan

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    I don't have it

    Cons

    Where to begin, it's slow, froze during backing up. Have had to try to fix issues for others using it, like not booting PC, errors on boot, restore won't work, the list goes on so when I tried it, It wouldn't even backup.

    Summary

    Since the point of this is to backup, and it failed it's first task, there is no reason I would use this. I admit to never liking Ghost and always felt it was over rated. Of course it was one of the only backup solutions most knew of at one time so everyone praised it. I gave it a chance, but it didn't give me one. It was taking long enough as it was, then it froze. I waited almost 2 hours for an 80 gig partition, to get,... nothing. I won't even bother trying it on Win7, I use Paragon and will stay with Paragon.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it really sucks"

    October 8, 2009  |   By ormico

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    there are no pros

    Cons

    doesn't work

    Summary

    don't buy it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "So disgusted with Norton Ghost and their policy."

    September 14, 2009  |   By Chavo222

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    I They want to charge me for phone support or email them and wait till they respond by mail... F that! I just paid $69.99 for a program that doesn't install and you would think they would give me help over the phone for free.

    Cons

    1. No free phone support. 2. High price of $69.99. 3. You only get free email support.
    purchased Ghost 14.0 and after a half hour trying to start the install it just gives me errors saying to reinstall and doesn't see the C: drive.

    Summary

    The bottom line is don't waste your time and money. The way they sell their software is to only give you a few that you want in one disk and you have to buy another disk to get the one other software you want. NO FREE PHONE SUPPORT! Once you buy it your stuck with it whether you can install it or not.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cumbersome, slow"

    May 1, 2009  |   By Barzillai

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    Customer service was prompt.

    Cons

    Slow, cumbersome, froze during back up.

    Summary

    I have a Dell XP notebook with 60gigs to backup (C drive and an external drive) to a Western Digital RAID drive.

    NG14 takes over 24 hours to "backup" and it would freeze during the process so that in a week's worth of trying, I could not backup once. But its day-long reporting that it was at 1% of the backup and then freezing up was a major problem for me trying to do other work on the computer.

    Customer service could not fix the problem and suggested I just let it run --- which I had tried for a week without success and without a backup.

    I downloaded Acronis True Image Home 2009 backup software and am now just about finished with a full backup. ATI did not slow my computer like NG14 did and ATI is far easier to use.

    I have tried many Symantec products (beginning years ago with PC Anywhere) only to find much better software for the same task is made by someone else, ATI is a beautiful program that really did back up my C drive with one click.

    I doubt I will ever use another Symantec product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Remains garbage even now."

    February 21, 2009  |   By Charles K

    Version: Norton Ghost 14.0

    Pros

    Easy to use.

    Cons

    You name it, it goes here. Recovery sucks as it's never recovered a proper system. XP looses the device managers ability to update, uninstall drivers. Vista recovery gives you a very unstable system.

    Summary

    Take it from someone that knows the real deal. Ghost sucks big time. Don't bother wasting your time here. In truth, most all drive imaging software sucks. The only recovered image that is identical to the original system & stable in every way is the recovery of a Vista Ultimate system when the backup/shadow copy was created by the system itself. What I'm using now is a Vista Ultimate system, recovered yesterday & it's great. Now this is a first!

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