There’s been lot of talk about backing up Drive image using Norton Ghost with Restoret installed. Although there is never a need to backup computer using Norton Ghost, since Restoret itself comes with the feature of Drive Imaging. But still certain people come up with the question again and again. Here I would like to answer this.
Firstly to answer in a very short way, YES it is possible to back up a Drive using Norton Ghost or any other disk cloning software with Restoret Installed. Drive cloning software would work as if Restoret is not there. Let’s look at different example below.
In case when Restoret is not installed
Let’s say the PC has Windows 7 with PC cleaner software installed. When you would run Norton Ghost to back up the computer, the system image would contain Windows 7 and PC cleaner software. And when you transfer the image file to a new hard disk, it will have Windows 7 and PC cleaner software.
In case when Restoret is installed
Let’s assume you have numbers of system image (snapshots) saved. Each of the snapshots would have different program and settings. Let’s say in snapshot “X”, you have Windows 7 and PC cleaner installed and in the current snapshot “Y” you have Windows 7 and data recovery software installed. When you run Norton Ghost to create system image of the current system. It will only contain Windows 7 and data recovery software because Norton Ghost can only see Windows 7 and data recovery software in your system, it’s just like Restoret is not there. In case you want to have Window 7 and PC cleaner software in your system image, you would need to rollback your computer to snapshot “X” and then create the system image.
So it’s as straight forward as you can see. Norton Ghost can only view what is there in the present system. It would not be able to copy the program and setting of other snapshots.
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