difference between ghosting and imaging

I have been reading up on the difference between ghosting and imaging and still think there seems to be no difference. Is there? I have read several writings but it seems like there is no difference other than who is speaking and how they were taught.
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Dennis MillerAsked:
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CompProbSolvCommented:
I don't believe there is a difference.  The confusion likely comes from the fact that Norton Ghost was a very popular product that you could use to image a hard drive in addition to other forms of backup.
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Dennis MillerAuthor Commented:
After all I have read that seems to be the case. They both create a clone or copy of the entire hard drive applications and all, kind of like a snapshot of the entire drive.
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Dennis MillerAuthor Commented:
I will see if anyone says otherwise tonight and then close this. I am sure there is a backup person who does this will know for sure but I think you are correct.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
agreed...they are the same thing with the first based on the norton product
i could use clonezilla (which i do at the office for deploying same model notebooks) and say i have a clone of a drive - still an image or 'ghost', if you will
the technology is basically the same - making a file that is a mirror image of a hard disk whether it is an entire physical disk or an individual partition
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
As I recall, the term "Ghosting" became popular when Norton Ghost was all the rage. However, ghosting is just imaging. There is no difference between "Ghosting a Hard Drive" and "Imaging a Hard Drive"

Of course, you then have the different types of Image creations.

One time full imaging which just makes an image of an entire drive to keep
Incremental imaging which creates a full image first, and then updates that image by creating incremental change images
There are others as well - which you use to suit yourself

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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Dennis MillerAuthor Commented:
Thanks all. I am now satisfied that your answer is what I thought
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