reboot you will find a yellow Ghost icon in your system
tray. Right click the icon and select from the context
menu that appears. Double clicking the system tray icon
opens the main application. From here you can perform backups,
restores and even copy one hard drive to another. This
is useful if you are upgrading your hard drive and is a
nice feature. Be very sure you read the Copying Drives
section in the included manual if you intend to use the
drive copy feature.
this version of Ghost is really very simple. While in
Windows you can make a backup of your local drives to
any Windows share. I tested the backup feature on a straight
Windows 2K server share, a Linux Samba share and even
a Netware NSS volume. Ghost worked flawlessly each time.
Once the local drive has been backed up you can access
it by locating the .v2i file on the share where you backed
it up and right clicking on the file. On the context
menu you will notice a new choice called "mount".
Select it and Ghost will pop up a dialog box showing
the file and the first free drive letter available on
your system. There is also a short note to remind you
the file is really Read Only even though it mounts as
take varying amounts of time depending on the level of
compression you select. I backed up a 3.7GB boot partition
to a network share using the Standard compression and
it took about 23 minutes. The resulting file was about
2.4GB. I then tried the high compression. It took much
longer, but the resulting file was only marginally smaller.
Unless you are backing up a drive with a lot of files
that compress well, I recommend the Standard compression
an image is also straightforward. As with the backup,
a Wizard is opened that walks you through the job. You
select the image and the destination and then select
your options. Restore times seem to be about the same
as backup times. Note that unless you have seriously
hammered the drive you probably don't need to restore
the whole image. If it's just a few files or folders
just mount the image as described above and copy them
from the image back to their original locations.
don't have a network server handy Ghost 9.0 will also happily
backup and restore to your CD or DVD writer, USB or Firewire
storage devices and Iomega Zip and Jazz drives. I tried
it on a USB HP dc3000 DVD writer and it worked without
any issues. For me no issues is all I want.
the backup and restore from Windows features are very good,
most folks think of Ghost as the software to save their
posteriors when their drive goes south on a permanent basis.
I tested this on a box by creating the backup from within
Windows as described above. I then removed the HD and put
in an empty drive. I booted with the Ghost 9.0 CD and was
able to restore the image and set the drive as active.
It booted right up.
thing. Normally I'm pretty disappointed with the documentation
that comes with most software. In the case of Ghost 9,
I can report that the manual is well written and to the
point. It tells you what to do and how to do it. You should
take the time to read it before you become too dependent
on Ghost. If nothing else, it will save you some anxiety
if you should need to use the recovery feature. Good Stuff.