Thursday: 01.March.2007

Rad Community Forums break 25,000 post mark

The Rad community forums broke the 25,000 post mark (with some individual threads logging more than 80,000 page views).

The Rad forums specialize in backing up your hard drive (the ultimate way >) with an imaging/cloning program called Norton Ghost (distributed by Symantec). A back-up image can help you sleep better.

Everybody at the forums has their own bailiwick of troubleshooting expertise, and there aren't many problems we haven't already seen (dozens of times).

There are several different versions of Ghost which folks are using .. including Ghost 2003 (which I prefer, for reasons detailed here), along with Ghost 9,.. Ghost 10, and now Norton Save & Restore (which is sometimes called Ghost 11, but close in features to Ghost 10).

today's entry continues here

Those last 3 versions (Ghost 9/10 and S&R), which are functionally similar to each another, now have their own dedicated board.

If you Google the query > norton ghost, you'll find the (world famous) Rad guide listed among the first few returns. (Only the Symantec site itself is ranked higher.) It remains the site's most popular feature.

I used to offer a downloadable PDF version of the guide, which contained all 15 pages (in a printer-friendly format), but it became a hassle to keep current both version (PDF & online).

The *best* way to back up your hard drive is to a (physically) separate drive .. for reasons explained here > Caveat .. which means you would need (at least) two hard drives (one external for laptops).

But burning to DVD will also work (tho can be slow), or transfer images (across the internet) to an online back-up service, which is pretty cool, tech-wise .. so if your house is ever vaporized, the image remains safe & intact.

The optimum method remains imaging one fast, internal drive .. to another (fast, internal drive). That's as good as it gets .. long as you follow a few basic Partitioning Strategies.

Much of what I learned about Ghost (sad to say) came the hard way. I've made most every mistake one can make with the program. =/ (but only once)





Posted by Rad at March 1, 2007 07:59 PM

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