I haven't used Norton Ghost (or anything else Norton).
I am running Win98SE and use xcopy to clone my C: hard drive to another separate hard drive which is then taken out of the computer and stored. Also I would never back up any important files to a CD-RW, they are not very reliable. Always back up to CD-R or DVD and also make two copies.
If you are running any other OS above Win 98SE, like, XP or W2K etc you could find xxcopy from click here or click here a better bet.