Symantec has released version 10 of Norton Ghost. (Thanks to Pleonasm for the heads-up). We're still trying to determine an official release date and what differentiates it from previous versions, other than the number printed on the box. Features posted here.
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Starting with version 9.0 (2004), Norton Ghost is actually based on a product called Drive Image, originally developed by Powerquest (same folks who brought you Partition Magic, the finest program of its kind). Powerquest was purchased by Symantec in December 2003.
I detail my feeling why (DOS-based) Ghost 2003 is more reliable than subsequent (Windows-based) Drive Image-based versions .. see here: Norton Ghost v9.0 & Hot-Imaging.
Ghost v10.0 comes with a copy of Ghost 2003 included in the same retail box. That's the best thing about v10, imho.
If you've not yet seen the world-famous Radified Guide to Norton Ghost, shame. It is the original Radified guide (first published June 2000), and still the site's single most requested feature (updated today, with input from a reader who resides in Eastern Bavaria).
If you've ever lost a hard drive, you know there's no better back-up protection than an image stored on a separate hard disk. It can save you *days* worth of system restoration (and untold tears). And if you haven't, well, just wait...
Update: Looks like v10 will be able to *encrypt* image files, not merely password-protect them, like previous versions. Encrypting infers the image-files would also have to be decrypted: another opportunity for problems to arise. Call me paranoid.
The short version seems to be: Ghost 10 = Ghost 9 + encryption