By Ivy / Last update April 30, 2020

About Norton Ghost

Symantec Norton Ghost (disk utility) is a powerful disk cloning and backup software running in Windows XP (SP2 or later), Vista, 7 for home and small business users, which has been discontinued on April 30th, 2013, and it’s support for Norton Ghost ended on June 30th, 2014. The lasted version is Norton Ghost 15 and it’s key features like backup and recovery have been built into other Norton products such as new Norton 360 or Symantec Ghost Solution Suite.

Norton Ghost 15 Trial GUI

What does Norton Ghost 15 (no free version) do in Windows XP, Vista, and 7? The following are the main features provided by Norton Ghost:

  • Backup selected files/folders, or entire hard disk

  • Backup remote computers from your computer

  • Recovering files, folders or entire drives

  • Clone hard drive

  • Create Symantec recovery disk or CD

  • Manage backup jobs: Compress, explore, disk image backup

  • Schedule backups

However, Norton Ghost is not available for users, even not to mention that available in Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. Many users complained that Norton Ghost 15 backup is very slow. Moreover, you have to pay for Norton Ghost before doing anything. Hence, if you would like to protect your critical data and hard disk safely, it’s time to find another best free Norton Ghost alternative.

Best Free Norton Ghost Alternative

Considering that these powerful features in Norton Ghost, it’s strongly recommended to try the best Norton Ghost free alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is designed for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) personal users to backup and clone data easily and safely. For business users, please try AOMEI Backupper Workstation.

Why AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best Norton Ghost alternative, see the following reasons:

  • Fast backup and restore speed.

  • Flexible backup types: disk backup, file backup/sync, partition backup, system backup, full backup, incremental backup, schedule backup.

  • More powerful clone features: disk clone, partition clone.

  • Robust restore options: restore everything, selective file restore, restore to a new location, etc.

  • Easily manage backup tasks: compress, comment, edit, locate, or delete backup image,  etc.

  • Professional utilities: Create Windows recovery media, explore, import/export and check image, view logs, etc.

And the most important thing is that it’s a freeware for you to manage data.

How to Clone a Hard Drive with Norton Ghost Alternative in Windows 10?

To get clear how to use this Norton Ghost alternative in Windows 10, we will show you the detailed steps of cloning system disk in Windows 10. First of all, please free download AOMEI Backupper Standard and give it a shot. 

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1. Execute Norton Ghost alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard, select Clone -> Disk Clone on the main console.

Disk Clone

2. Choose Windows 10 system disk as source disk to clone, and hit Next >>.

Select Source Disk

3. Tap another larger HDD/SSD as destination disk to save all the files from Windows 10 hard disk, and press Next >> button to go on.

Select Destination Disk

✍The destination disk will be deleted or overwrite after the clone finished.
✍You are able to clone larger hard drive to smaller as long as the data capacity on the source disk is smaller than the destination disk.

4. Press Start Clone >> to clone hard drive in Windows 10 with free Norton Ghost alternative.

Start Clone

SSD Alignment: Check this option if the destination disk is an solid state drive (SSD) to optimize for your SSD.
Sector by sector clone: clone all the sectors on source disk whether it is in used or not, even bad sectors if trying to clone smaller HDD/SSD to larger one.
Edit partitions: It’s a premium feature that allows you to adjust partitions on the destination disk while cloning smaller HDD to larger one, which helps you to fully use the storage space on the destination disk.

After the cloning finished, keep it safe as an alternative backup, or replace hard drive with the larger one safely, and change boot order to boot from the cloned HDD/SSD, then everything is done.

Be ware of the unallocated space if the edit partitions option is not applied while cloning smaller one to larger one, you could merge unallocated space to existing partition, to fully use the space. Sometimes, you may encounter the cloned SSD won’t boot or Winload.efi missing after clone, click the link to fix it easily.

To Sum Up

As the best free Norton Ghost alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard, is not only data protection & disaster recovery solution, but also disk partition cloning software, and with the user friendly GUI, anyone, even non-technical users can straightforward backup and restore, clone other data efficiently without seeking help from an expert. If you're looking for a fast and easy way to perform backups or clone, then AOMEI Backupper offers exactly that one. Just a few clicks and it will do what you expect it to.

For who is running Windows 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), please try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more powerful features, like system clone to migrate Windows 10 to SSD, command line tool for IT experts, restore to dissimilar hardware computer, event-triggered scheduled backups, real-time file sync, differential backup, etc.

If you want to backup remote computers from your current computer, please try AOMEI Centralized Backupper.