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Feb 27th, 2006 at 12:40pm
 
And Symantec continues to expand the range of its backup solutions for the home PC user, as announced today.

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CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb 27, 2006 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Norton Save & Restore, a highly intuitive automated backup and recovery solution for consumers, which is scheduled for wide availability in late March.  With simple installation, setup, and built-in automation, Norton Save & Restore will make it easy for home PC users to preserve valuable digital content, such as photos, documents, music, and financial information.  A recent IDC study suggests that while nearly 60% of consumers are concerned or very concerned about loss of data folders on their PC, more than 68% confess to not making backup copies to protect their data. [1]

“Home computer users, especially families, store a wide range of important information on their PCs, from financial data to photos, email, address books, music, and more,” said Rowan Trollope, vice president of consumer products and solutions at Symantec. “At the same time, threats to the safety of that data are increasing, including spyware, hacking attacks, tampering, and theft as well as hardware and software failures, user error, and even natural disasters. By simplifying backup and recovery, Norton Save & Restore helps protect the digital treasures that consumers care about most.”

Norton Save & Restore offers users quick and simple ways to save the items they consider most important through pre-defined backups of common folders and file types.  For added convenience, Norton Save & Restore can also perform scheduled, on-demand, or event-driven backups to a wide range of media. Utilizing the disk imaging power of Symantec’s award-winning Norton Ghost, Norton Save & Restore also allows users the option to create an exact image of their entire hard drive without leaving the operating system or rebooting.

Offering users the best and most complete coverage, Norton Save & Restore can automatically scan the user’s system and recommend which drives, files, and folders should be backed up.  Norton Save & Restore takes away the guess work by automatically determining the best location to store backups.  When teamed with Norton Internet Security, Norton Save & Restore can automatically initiate a backup whenever it is notified about a virus or worm outbreak. To further safeguard data, Norton Save & Restore enables users to encrypt and password-protect their backup files.

Source:  http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20060227_01
 

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Reply #1 - Feb 27th, 2006 at 2:29pm
 
I think Mani must work for Symantec. I asked once but he didn't answer. "Ghost 11" is coming early. Six months before the expected time.

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Reply #2 - Feb 27th, 2006 at 3:59pm
 
Thanks Pleo for the heads up and info.

More info:
http://symantec.com/about/news/index.jsp

Also, from their Press Kit link:

Symantec Quick Profile
Norton Save & Restore

Available:
• March 2006

Product Positioning:

• Norton Save & Restore is Symantec’s new, highly intuitive automated backup and recovery solution for consumers. Norton Save & Restore provides consumers the disk imaging power of Symantec’s award-winning Norton Ghost plus new, faster, more flexible backup and recovery capabilities. With simple installation, setup, and built-in automation, Norton Save & Restore makes it easy for users to preserve valuable data and recover from disasters—even if their operating system will not boot.

Key Messages:

Flexibility
• Creates exact image of entire system or disk without leaving the operating system or rebooting
• New file and folder backup capability lets users choose specific files and folders to save, rather than the entire drive
• Wizard-driven interface and integrated search allows easy back up of pre-defined and customizable file types (such as photos, documents, or music) as well as common folders
• Supports system and data recovery even when the operating system is inaccessible
• Provides incremental image backup and restore, and selective file and folder backup and restore
• Allows scheduled, on-demand, and event-driven backup
• Creates an exact copy of the hard drive for fast upgrades
• Supports CDR/RW and DVD+-R/RW drives; USB and FireWire devices; Iomega Zip and Jaz drives

Ease-of-Use
• Provides simple, intuitive interface that enables users to view their backup status and check their level of backup protection coverage
• Wizards and tutorials guide users through important tasks such as customizing scheduled backups
• Verifies backups and provides detailed reports and real-time notifications and status to enhance usability and data protection
• Automatically scans system and makes backup recommendations
• Automatically determines best location for storing backups

Security
• Initiates backup when notified of threat outbreak when teamed with Norton Internet Security
• Enables users to encrypt and password-protect backup files
Target User:
• Consumers using Windows XP Home, XP Pro, or XP Media Center Edition

 

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Reply #3 - Feb 27th, 2006 at 5:02pm
 
Contained within the Press Kit found at http://symantec.com/about/news/index.jsp, it is worth looking at the screen images found in the file ‘NSR JPG Screenshots 1-24-06.zip’.

Norton Save & Restore certainly looks like Ghost 10 – with the additional capability that the user can select which file types are to be included within the restore point.

Very interesting, indeed.  Could it be the case that the “Ghost” brand is to be replaced by “Norton Save & Restore” for the home market?
 

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Reply #4 - Mar 1st, 2006 at 2:30pm
 
Upon further examination of the product’s screen images, it appears that Norton Save & Restore is really two applications bundled as one:  first, a file-oriented backup that can maintain multiple versions of the selected file types in chosen folders; and, second, Ghost 10 that maintains system images.

I do not think that Norton Save & Restore is the next version of Ghost (i.e., “Ghost 11”), nor do I suspect that it will replace Ghost in the product lineup offered by Symantec.
 

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Reply #5 - Mar 2nd, 2006 at 12:14pm
 
Symantec has posted the following comparison of Norton Save & Restore to Ghost:

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Key Feature
  • Offers all the power of Symantec's Norton Ghost™ technology, plus faster ways to back up files.
New Features (compared to Norton Ghost 10.0)
  • File and folder back up lets you choose specific files and folders to save, rather than an entire drive.
  • Protects all files of a certain type (such as photos or documents) by finding and backing up the exact file types you indicate.
  • Norton Protection Center console integration allows you to manage your Norton security applications from a single easy-to-use interface.
  • Outbreak Alert trigger automatically initiates a back up when Norton Internet Security 2006 is notified about a virus or worm outbreak. (Norton Internet Security 2006 sold separately.)
Source:  http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoffice/products/backup_recovery/nsr/features.ht...

Norton Save & Restore and Ghost 10.0 both have the same list price of US$69.99, which suggests that Symantec may be positioning the former as the successor to the latter (?).
 

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Reply #6 - Mar 2nd, 2006 at 5:21pm
 
 

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Reply #7 - Mar 2nd, 2006 at 5:37pm
 
Acronis True Image 9 has both image and file backup and this has caused a lot of confusion among posters.

From Symantec
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File and folder back up lets you choose specific files and folders to save, rather than an entire drive.


Some posters in the TI group felt that you could create an image and choose which files to exclude. Not so. Like Save and Restore, TI contains two separate applications.
 
 
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Reply #8 - Mar 2nd, 2006 at 5:48pm
 
From Symantec
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Creates an exact copy of the hard drive for fast upgrades

I am hopeful that this feature (copy the entire hard drive, including ALL partitions) will help with some of the new multi-partition PC's now being sold.  That is, assuming it will also let you resize the target partition sizes if desired.
 

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Reply #9 - Mar 2nd, 2006 at 5:54pm
 
Brian wrote on Mar 2nd, 2006 at 5:37pm:
Acronis True Image 9 has both image and file backup and this has caused a lot of confusion among posters.
Some posters in the TI group felt that you could create an image and choose which files to exclude. Not so. Like Save and Restore, TI contains two separate applications.

I think there is some danger as applications get so comprehensive, that they lose the focus of what they were designed for.  This could be an example of that.  While file backups are a needed function, having a all-in-one application that does everything (think Microsoft Word or Office) does it still do the basics correctly?

As a person who wants a GUARANTEED sector image backup, that is my first priority.  There are dozens of file backup solutions out there.

I bet all of the Ghost 2003 advocates would agree with this priority as well.  I know this very topic has been discussed extensively in the past -- Do hot backup images really work?  etc.

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Reply #10 - Mar 3rd, 2006 at 10:33am
 
Ghost4me, it is worth remembering that a user has the option of purchasing a license for Norton Save & Restore or for Ghost 10.  At least for the present, there is no need to acquire Norton Save & Restore in order to have the capabilities of Ghost 10.    Therefore, as a user of Ghost 10, you are not “loosing” anything with the introduction of Norton Save & Restore.  Additionally, I am highly confident that the file backup component of Norton Save & Restore could simply be ignored, if the user wishes to only use the recovery point capability.

On the one hand, I do applaud Symantec for their continued efforts to extend “backup best practices” to the typical home PC user, and for integrating and supporting both image and file backup modes.  On the other hand, if not done well, the increased protection could be more than offset by the heightened complexity.

In about two weeks (i.e., 13 – 17 March 2006), Norton Save & Restore will be released – and scrutinized by all of the Ghost users.
 

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Reply #11 - Mar 3rd, 2006 at 12:29pm
 
Pleonasm wrote on Mar 3rd, 2006 at 10:33am:
Therefore, as a user of Ghost 10, you are not “loosing” anything with the introduction of Norton Save & Restore.  

I agree with you there.  However, I would bet money that in 2007 version 2.0 of Norton Save & Restore will be available, but NOT Ghost 11.0.

 

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Reply #12 - Mar 3rd, 2006 at 5:37pm
 
Ghost4me, I fear that your prediction is correct.  The fact that the retail pricing for both Norton Save & Restoer as well as Ghost is the same suggests that - in the future - it may not be possible to purchase only Ghost per se.
 

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Reply #13 - Mar 17th, 2006 at 3:35pm
 
The Norton Save & Restore 1.0 User's Manual is now available for downloading and viewing.

Some observations based upon a quick read:
  • The user needs to uninstall Ghost 10 before installing Norton Save & Restore (NSR), implying that the version of Ghost embedded with NSR may be different from the existing version 10 (page 24).
  • Copying one hard disk to another is still done one partition at a time (page 128 ).
  • Norton Save & Restore can restore backup images created using Norton Ghost 10.0, Norton Ghost 9.0, and Norton Ghost 2003 (page 25).
Symantec says (17 MAR 2006) "The download file for Norton Save & Restore will be available the third week of March....  Packaged product will begin shipping the first week of April."
 

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Reply #14 - Mar 27th, 2006 at 8:54am
 
Norton Save & Restore
CNET Review

Reviewed by: Robert Vamosi
Review date: 3/21/06
Release date: 3/1/06
 

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