About ghost disk utility
Today Windows users meet serious disk troubles from time to time. We will never know when the disaster will happen. A hard disk image backup can help restore computer to earlier date that works normally with all your applications and personal data. On the other hand, we can also choose to restore the disk image to new disk when we need to replace the old one. Then the ghost disk utility is needed.
Norton Ghost used to be the best free disk imaging software. It’s one disk cloning and backup tool developed by Murray Haszard in 1995 and it was acquired in 1998 by Symantec. The tool can help you backup your whole hard drive or selected folders to a partition, an external hard drive or a network drive.
However, Norton Ghost is no longer available for Home user. It was discontinued by Symantec in 2013. At present, you can still download the last Ghost disk utility - Norton Ghost 15. But you need to pay for it or you can get a 30-day free trial version.
Create image backup with Norton Ghost
Download this ghost disk software from Symantec site. Or you can simply type “Norton Ghost 15 download” in the search box of your browser and search the download page.
It will run a step-by-step wizard the first time you open it. At last, you will access the Easy Setup interface where you can create a backup at once. Or you can click Cancel and set the backup task later in its Home interface.
On the Home screen, you can click Define Backup Wizard or Run or Manage Backups to create a backup task. Here we choose Run or Manage Backups.
The Easy Setup screen will appear again. You can click OK to accept the default settings or click a setting to modify it. Or you can click Custom... to create a backup as per your need. You can choose to backup the whole computer or only selected files. Click Next to choose the drives/files you need to backup, the destination to save the backup and the backup time. Finally, click Finish to confirm.
If you want to perform a restore, just click Recover My Computer or Recover My Files to make it.
For anyone who wants to clone hard drive may feel disappointed. Indeed you can find the Copy My Hard Drive option under Tools tab. However, when you click it, a pop-up window will appear and says that the feature is not enabled. You need to license the product to activate the feature.
Don’t forget that you can only use Norton Ghost freely for 30 days. Then you have to purchase it at Symantec Global Store. Fortunately, besides Norton Ghost, there’s one alternative named AOMEI Backupper that can help backup your disk as well as clone the hard drive to another. And it’s totally free of charge. Just keep reading to learn more info.
Best free alternative to Ghost disk utility
AOMEI Backupper Standard is one comprehensive backup & restore tool which is available in all Windows OS including Windows 10/8/7. It provides various functions related to backup, restore and clone. With its simple and easy-to-use GUI, anyone, even non-technical users, can protect all important data in minutes without seeking help from an expert. First download AOMEI Backupper and then learn how to use this ghost disk utility.
Ghost disk to image
It can help you create an image backup for your disk in only a few clicks with its disk backup feature. In addition, it not only supports ghosting a hard drive but also ghosting a particular partition like system drive or any other partition. It’s also possible to backup selected files/folders as you want.
1. You can create a custom schedule backup. Then it will automatically perform the backup daily/weekly/monthly.
2. You can save the backup image on your hard drive or to the external hard drive, the USB flash drive, the network drive.
Clone hard drive
It allows you to directly clone hard drive to another one. All data on the disk including operating system, applications, configuration settings and all partitions, etc. will be transferred to the destination. You can choose to enable “Sector by sector clone” that will clone all sectors on source disk no matter they are used or not to the destination disk.
Restore hard drive
It’s also easy enough to perform a restore if you have created a backup with AOMEI Backupper in advance. You can completely restore entire hard disk drive, partition or volume to the point you ever backup. Just need to select the right backup and choose the destination. Then AOMEI Backupper will complete the job.
That’s all for how to create image backup with ghost disk utility. Norton Ghost is a tool worth to have a try, but you need to pay for it. Or you can also let AOMEI Backupper help you. It offers all-around backup options to protect your data. And what’s more, it’s free to use. It will always keep your data safe and restore the files you need as soon as possible.