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Norton Ghost 2003/Ghost Version 9.0


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I have had the Norton Ghost 2003 updated by subscription and have never liked the program and have always taken it to a tech to get my notebook Imaged and create a bootable disk with the C drive partitioned off with my ghost Image on the Partition.

I found the program difficult to understand and since this was my back up in the event of a disaster I did not want to make an amateur version of a Ghost and not have it work and thus the expense of a Tech.

Now I understand that the Version 9 is more user friendly and that you can update incrementally by choice I am looking at purchasing it.
However, I have had comments about PowerQuest and Symantec and that this new version is not as good as my old 2003.

Nobody ever says what the problem with the new version is, simply comments that I have the better version.

My sister who has the same notebook that I do, tried out the Acronis True Image and had problems, so I am not going to step into that arena.

Ghost has always worked for me. i forgot the other feature that the New version 9 has and that is that you don't need a boot disk which I like the idea of.

I would appreciate all comments.

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yeah i have the same problem. while i know how to ghost a HDD to another HDD im not sure how to ghost the harddrive to just an image file. I too would like to know how to make a ghost image into a bootable disk that would just reghost my pc.
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well, its not really that hard to do. I've been using ghost for a long time. If you can get the corp. version instead of the home (2003, 2004, ect) then you are better off. Yes symantec purchased powerquest, but I have yet to see a significant contribution into ghost yet. ghost can now read powerqest image format though.

the only issues I have seen, people blame ghost 9, but carefull observation they either didn't do any troubleshooting, or had other problems with thier system. Namely spyware.

is there a paticular step you are needing help with? It appears that ghost 9 has a straight forward process for what you are needing.

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I have spoken to my reliable tech that I have had do the imaging with the old 2003 Ghost and I am going to have him clean up the Toshiba checking for spyware, malware etc. and then remove the partition from my C drive which has my current Ghost Image on it and then also uninstall cleanly the 2003 Professional Systemworks, and then install the 2005 Premier Edition that I have bought.

I wanted him to unistall the 2003 Program as I don't want leftovers in the Registry that can cause me problems.

I had a conversation with him earlier and he said that he far preferred the NAV of 2003 over the 2005 version and so I thought I would post here a question as to whether I can retain that particular version or will the 2005 overwrite it?

My subscription for the Norton systemworks 2003 expires in July.

I also wondered if this is going to create problems for me if I install the New Version now???

I would appreciate all comments.

And what do members in particular have to say about NAV 2003 and NAV 2005???

Thankyou
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I recommend nav 2005. Viri and spyware are evolving rapidly and you have to update to the newest verion every few years to keep yourself adequately protected. I just upgraded recently. Actually its systemworks 2005. It does everything you expect it to, but adds some added protection with the inclusion of NIS. Light version really. It shows up as "internet worm protection". Basically this is a firewall. You can only update the trusted application list. No configuring of it beyond enable/disable.

It was interfering with Call of Duty, so I disabled it. I believe it is a trusted application. It also wanted to disable xp's sp2 firewall and use its own. I prefered xp's sp2 firewall, especially as I'm not running the worm protection.

Overall I think its a good package. Limited install features. They don't provide a fully featured customized install where you can fully pick and choose. So know you can't save anything from 2003 version. Shouldn't have any issues.

I use the corp. version of ghost (8.1) because the previous versions of consumer version didn't allow for mapping networked drives. besides, I have to use it at work everyday.

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Thankyou for the response, I can safely go to my Tech and just ask for a clean uninstall of Norton Professional systemworks 2003 and ask for the partition and old image on my C drive removed.

That is good.

Sounds like I finally have this ship navigating in the right direction.

I found your comments on custom install interesting.

Can one not pick and install simply what you want or you have to install them all and then work on the basis of Disenabling?
Or did I misread your post?

For example, out of this whole Premier systemworks, I would use Ghost, NAV, Live up date of course, Norton System Dr and the shorter One Button which I use often and then these new additions of worm protection, etc. I am a little uncertain about. I don't use Go Back, and I do have the Norton Protected Recycle Bin...though I don't really get all of that and there is not much about it in the manual. So I use only selected programs.

Other security programs that I have on my notebook are, Panda Active Scan Pro Version, Panda Tru Prevent, adaware free, spybot free, spyware blaster, spysweeper and Trojan Hunter, firewall and NAV.

Have been motoring along for 2+ years and no problems of crashes and no malware etc. as our inhouse tech checks our notebooks and I update daily and scan regularly.

Do you think any of these security programs may conflict with this New Systemworks Premier???

I don't want headaches that I haven't had before!!!

I look forward to comments.

Thankyou, your experience is graciously appreciated.
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what I meant to say about the custom install is that they don't give you complete control over every aspect of the install like, say microsoft does. The way they do do it is most userfriendly though. For your purposes it will do what you want it to. I , as an advanced user, like maximum control.

They do allow you to pick and choose in norton utilities, and often what they don't allow durning the install, you can choose the product and go throught the options screen and configure the additional features.

It is recomended that you choose one antivirus program and stay with it. They don't play well together. Here at GTG we reocommend the Panda online Active scan to assist us in cleaning up systems. Beyond that I don't have any additional info on thier software, although it seems to be effective. I would consult with your tech to see what he says. IF your going to use nav, then turn off the internet worm protection, especially since you use TruPrevent.
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Thankyou for the reply that makes it a lot clearer for me, the Panda Active Scan Pro version is the same stand alone that you use only I purchased it so that it would do the disinfect as it kept coming up with the discovery of a bad entry and thus i decided that I always did use either the Panda Active Scan, the free version or the stand alone Trend Micro House Call Scanner; just to be on the safe side and thus I decided I may as well purchase it and so I use it about every other night.

I am glad that you mentioned the "turn off the worm feature", that is why I decided I should do a post to let your experienced mind focus on the security programs that I have on the notebook.
I have been very pleased to date with their interaction and thus would not want a glitch after I changeover to Version 9.

I must say I did not know that there were commercial versions of Systemworks, probably a lot more expensive and I believe all my needs are accomodated by the Home Edition which I get $50 back on.

It is really nice to visit a forum where one feels genuinely confident with the information that is given and I sincerely mean that.
I participate in other forums and have found that well meaning posters will actually get into aggressive behaviour mode if you question them regarding their advice and all one is actually trying to do is get a perspective on their advice and understand the rationale!

Respectful Regards. :tazz:
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Im about to pull my hair out. Internet Worm Protection keeps asking me about the same program over and over to permit or block.. there is no "remember this decision" button and its frickin annoying. But how do you disable it!? I have Norton SysWorks 2005, and there is no IWP menu.. its just listed as "on" and there is no menu for changing the rules like the help file says.

Can anyone explain where this panel is? Im on WinXP and it never asked me during install if i wanted this crap program and now i can't figure out how to turn it off.

THanks

-EDIT- I guess i inspired myself.. I found it

to disable internet worm protection you need to goto options -> Norton Antivirus, then on the left side select Internet Worm Protection and uncheck enable. FINALLY

Edited by Dsstrainer, 22 May 2005 - 07:04 PM.

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Thx ;) i really appreciate the comments about how to disable the worm protection as in the forums I have been in I have been reading that it is good to disenable it when one has the other programs that I have installed.

And it is great to hear from someone who has found the way to do it. I have not installed the Norton 2005 Systemworks Premier yet plan to as sooon as the 2003 systemworks expires which should be next month.

Everyone tells me i should just use kapersky, A/V however I like the Ghost and use One Button Check and System doctor and have used them over the years and been satisfied.
I know that NAV slows down the boot time, but I have no problem with that; it has intercepted several emails that were suspect with viruses and I have been healthy computer wise since I bought the box and use the other programs along with it and that is all I wan.

I really apppreciate comments like yours and loolk forward to doing the install and for certain and really Clean uninstall of Norton Systemworks 20003 which I will let my Techie friend look after.

I am not a techie and would rather entrust the box to someone who knows what they are doing!!!!!
Again thankyou for your comments they help me a lot!!!!!

Regards, :tazz: ;)
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I'm having problems where I can't image the local drive. In older versions of powerquest drive image I was able to boot into dos so that I could do this. Now with ghost9 I'm unable to. It only gives me options on backing up my other drives, but I'm just trying to have an image in case anything goes wrong with my boot drive.

Any suggestions? Thx!
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I'm having problems where I can't image the local drive. In older versions of powerquest drive image I was able to boot into dos so that I could do this. Now with ghost9 I'm unable to. It only gives me options on backing up my other drives, but I'm just trying to have an image in case anything goes wrong with my boot drive.

Any suggestions? Thx!

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You need to make a Ghost boot disk. Then boot from that disk
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