Well, my old standby, Norton Ghost will not work on W8. Will NOT save the license number and Symantec has finally declared is doesn't work.
Re: Ghost 15 on Windows 8 - Not supported
11-02-2012 05:33 PM
Symantec does not have a Windows 8-compatible version of Norton Ghost at this time. Ghost continues to be fully compatible with the Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, and Windows 7 platforms. Attempting to install or use Norton Ghost on Windows 8 may result in unexpected results, such as incomplete imaging.
Symantec recommends using Norton Online Backup to protect your important files in a secure, remote location in the cloud. Should you need to back up files using Windows 8, you can use the File History feature of the new operating system. And to refresh and restore your computer, users can use the Advanced Recovery Tools found in the Control Panel. For small businesses, Symantec recommends Symantec System Recovery to create full image backups of your PC. Symantec System Recovery 2013 is planned to be Windows 8 compatible and available in Q1 CY2013.
We will announce updates as they become available. Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in Norton Ghost.
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Since W8 has been released in preview and I'm sure Symantec has or had easy access to the RTM, I am quite surprised that they didn't have a fix available within a few days of release like they did for W7. W7's Upgrade Advisor indicated Ghost 14 would not work, but W8's said it would? Maybe a preview did work, who knows, but it took some period of time for Symantec to realize it didn't work. I'm not sure if there would be a Ghost 15 upgrade or a new product, but I don't think I want to work or have ANY real confidence at this time that the backups are really working.
Sooo... I'm considering switching...
There are 3 contenders here as far as I can tell, Paragon (will have W8 version 'soon'), Acronis, and Macrium :
PARAGON BACKUP AND RECOVERY 12
ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE 2013
MACRIUM REFLECT V5
I've got a few weeks to make the decision, assuming both Ghost is REALLY making good images and I can restore them IF there should be a crash, but I almost feel like I'd like to switch no matter what. Note that Macrium also needed an upgrade that cost as well.
What is important to me is basically a few things :
- When making a backup I can STILL use the computer with the backup process not being a large load on the computer
- I can restore individual files if need be
- Backup is completely automatic and if the computer IS NOT on when scheduled I'll be notified that a backup was missed or the backup will be done immediately after the first boot on a missed backup
I'm not worried about price, but I need 3 licenses probably, but 2 for sure as these will be the only systems that will be W8, the others will stay using Ghost 15. Of course, support and reliability are a concern.
Since there are many users of each of these here, I'd like some comments on each product and why it is better (I know, subjective) or if anyone has done the comparison and the reason to get one over the other.
I've obviously looked at all 3, and Paragon might add some new features with the new release, and the cost seems to vary from $70 to $90 USD for a 3 or 4 license version. Price alone isn't the consideration, but if all are equal I'd go for Paragon (assuming the W8 release is just as good and same price and released 'soon').