best backup programs
Backup Software Reviews
Advanced backup and recovery for your PC
Symantec's Norton Ghost provides advanced backup and recovery for your PC, protects your data by making a backup of your hard drive's contents - without restarting Windows. Norton Ghost is a comprehensive disk imaging solution for home and small office users, enhanced with Drive Image technology, which Symantec obtained through the acquisition of PowerQuest Corporation. Incremental backups save you time and disk space. You can even schedule backups to run automatically. You can restore individual files, selected folders, or the entire hard drive.
Data backup and recovery
Norton Ghost is an advanced disaster recovery and backup solution for your PC. Wizards guide you through creating an exact copy - or backup image - of your hard drive. Norton Ghost also makes it easy to copy everything from your hard drive to a new hard drive when you upgrade the hardware in your computer. Norton Ghost supports shrink on restore for FAT, FAT32, and NTFS. Smaller drives can be used when restoring backup images (when space is available).
Backing up and restoring your computer
If you have a backup and you encounter problems with your computer, you can restore the backup image to return your computer to the state it was in when you created the backup. Instead of just getting some files back, you get the operating system, applications, and your data files from the drive. Having a good backup also lets you restore individual files and folders if necessary. Using Norton Ghost protects you from the following problems:
Norton Ghost lets you create a base backup with incremental backups. A base backup (.v2i) is a full backup of everything on the drive. An incremental backup (.iv2i) is an addendum to the base backup that captures everything that changed on the drive since the base backup was created. Because they contain less data, incremental backups are faster to create and require less disk space to store, so you can back up your computer more frequently without using as much time and space.
Activation protects you. Product activation is a technology that protects users from pirated or counterfeit or infected software by limiting use of a product to those users who have acquired the product legitimately. Product activation requires a unique computer key for each installation of a product.
An exact copy of a drive (either containing data or the operating system) that is usually compressed and stored as a file. A backup image file has a .v2i (Virtual Volume Image) file extension. Backup images are what you use to restore files and folders or an entire drive. A backup image is also sometimes known as an image, backup, or backup set.
The smallest allocation unit in the FAT, FAT32, and NTFS file systems. One cluster consists of a fixed number of disk sectors.
A request by the software for exclusive use of a selected drive before making any modifications to the file system of the hard drive. By locking down a drive, you prevent other software programs from changing the file system while the product is trying to change it. This ensures that any data on the drive is current and accurate at the time of restoration.
A special kind of primary partition that was developed to overcome the four-partition limit. The extended partition is a container inside of which you can create logical partitions. The extended partition itself does not hold any data, nor is it assigned a drive letter. But logical partitions inside the extended partition can hold applications and data and are assigned drive letters.
A partition referenced in the master boot record (MBR) partition table. Only four primary partitions can exist on a hard disk. One of these may be an extended partition. Only one primary partition on a drive may be active at a time. When one primary partition is active, the other primary partitions are typically not accessible. Data and programs are often placed on a logical partition inside an extended partition. This enables the data to be accessed by all primary partitions.
PC Magazine Editors' Choice
PC World Best Buy
[ To the top ]