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Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0 backup software

£40 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Symantec

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

There used to be a clear distinction between the two main applications that created a backup image of your hard drive: Symantec Norton Ghost benefited from simplicity, while Acronis True Image pushed ahead in terms of performance.

There used to be a clear distinction between the two main applications that created a backup image of your hard drive: Symantec Norton Ghost benefited from simplicity, while Acronis True Image 10.0 Home pushed ahead in terms of performance. Recent releases of True Image have seen its interface become incredibly slick, while Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0 has added important features such as incremental backups which provide much faster operation and require less space.

Symantec Norton Ghost 11.0 was an important release in terms of catching up with Acronis True Image, but Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0 sees a number of new features. LightsOut Restore allows you to recover your system without the need for a bootable disc, while it's also possible with Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0 to convert a recovery point to a virtual disk that contains all known-information about your PC.

Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0 Expert Verdict »
300MHz processor
Windows XP/Vista
512MB RAM
160MB hard disk space
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 9 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Acronis is a tenacious competitor, and True Image remains the best buy in spite of Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0's new-found excellence. Unless you're looking at remote management - for which you need server versions of Acronis - True Image is slightly better, and cheaper. That said, Symantec Norton Ghost 12.0 is very close on its heels. This is one example of competition being beneficial to the development of both products.

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