Alternative to Norton Ghost

Posted on 2011-02-17
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
Does anybody have an alternative (as effective but less costly) to Norton Ghost?
Suggestions should be for software that you have used (i.e. tried and true)
Question by:vlogg5
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Aaron Tomosky earned 100 total points
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Acronis. I quite using ghost years ago.

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hecklej earned 40 total points
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Well I Second that Opinion... Aronis is a great product.  We have been using it for a few years in our Tech room.  We have used it for imaging servers and restoring onto new hardware.  Works great.  Workstations, and Servers.  Similiar features and the Universal Restore option works well.  Let me know if you have any other questions, but yes..this is something I would recommend.

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t-max earned 100 total points
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If you are pro open-source, take a look at the Ghost alternatives here:
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lancecurwensville earned 100 total points
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x3 for Acronis, however, recently I have begun using open source as t-max suggested.  The one that has worked the best for me so far has been CloneZilla.  It has done the imaging job very reliably from the local machine to network shares and back, the best part of it I like over Ghost is that I dont' have to mess with different boot discs or pcdos/msdos multi-template boot devices.  There is a server level version available for it and people that have used it appear to have good luck with it but I am not willing to designate a server or even a virtual machine for a linux based server.  PING (partition image is not ghost) works very well, but I have had a couple oem machines that don't have compatible nic cards.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 40 total points
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Acronis works very well, and is far superior to Ghost today, as Ghost is no longer being developed by Symantec.

But for (free trial), try Drive Snapshot but very inexpensive.

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Lord_Austin_Powers earned 40 total points
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Acronis 11 si the best shareware actualy
With acronis you need a deploy server and a client computers or a cd for specific OS booting déployement.

But Microsoft give you an internal possibility winth WDS server (Windows Deploy Services)

Best regard
(Sorry for my French english)

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FireW0lf earned 40 total points
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Hi vlogg5

I've used SavePart before very successfully

It is freeware, and works superbly. The only downside is it requires a little bit of prep

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Chunks earned 40 total points
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Are you in a networked environment cos you could just use windows deployment services. Works fine for us and is free. I have used acronis too that seems ok.

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Thanks people for all the timely suggestions.

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