Germ, well, Ghost has one identified problem and some it seems NOT identified.
The main problem is that you can NOT put the license in, keeps saying it is invalid. Seems to be due to registry change. The program does work but it has the 30 day trial clock running. After 30 days it will no longer work. Folks say all you need do it wipe it clean and re-install and you'll have another 30 days.
This is Symantec's 'formal' response :
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.
Norton Forums Global Community Manager
Clear indication that one might need to use something else but it will not be available until early next year.
Of course, this part bothers me, "Attempting to install or use Norton Ghost on Windows 8 may result in unexpected results, such as incomplete imaging."
It seems that there are more than 4 ways to do the imaging, Ghost, Acronis, Macrium, and Paragon. Not all have W8 solutions though. As far as Macrium goes, I need the disk management, so I'm looking at the fee based version. I could probably rig up something to delete the first set or do it manually, but I don't want too. I assume most use it here as it is free. Others cost generally. I don't want to make a project of determining which I should buy or which is best? System 'load' is subjective anyway, and with a 1TB drive devoted to backups (I keep 5 copies, one per week of 3 partitions) space or I should say compression isn't a big deal to worry about.
What I need is :
- Automated backup and if the computer is off when scheduled it be started on next boot or at least a warning (like Ghost did) that one was missing and do I was to do it?
- Disk space cleaner that removed older backups after x images are there.
- Easy single file recovery using the application
- No notice on the system that it is running and no noticeable effects on system usage.
- Easy restore.
I was hoping people who used ANY of the various imaging programs can provide information to help me make a decision.
Oh, the last line in the above announcement, "We will announce updates as they become available. Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in Norton Ghost." can be read as there will be a Ghost update to fix this problem. I've paid for it, don't know if I should wait or not? Can't get an answer out of Symantec at all?