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Norton Ghost no more

As one of the most popular in IT and antivirus software, it is no surprise that they have specialized software made solely for a certain purpose, such as the Norton Utilities or the Norton Ghost. The latter was first introduced in 1998 and had ceased selling since April 30, 2013.

However, it still is classic software, offering professional-grade imaging and backup for PCs. They have sold over 7 million copies, after all. Norton Ghost has been replaced by more cutting-edge and state-of-the-art software that continues to lead the way to innovative approaches.

Norton Ghost is an acronym for General Hardware-Oriented System Transfer and was a disk cloning program. Ghost was marketed as a backup program and comes with an ISO file that needed to be written to a CD. Ghost can copy one hard drive’s contents to another, as well as converting a hard drive’s contents to virtual disk like VMware’s VMDK file.

The latest was Norton Ghost 15.0 and was released in November of 2009. They featured improved support for virtual formats and an improved platform support. Apart from that, Ghost 15.0 could also create recovery points from within the Symantec Recovery Disk and convert those recovery points to virtual disks via a schedule.

They also provided support for Microsoft Hyper-V as well as support for Blu-ray disc media, and featured a 30-day trial. Afterwards, on April 1, 2010, they updated the Norton Ghost 15.0 and consequently released it.

Symantec released the statement of discontinuing Norton Ghost on March 2013, but said that the support for the software will still be available until June 30, 2014. Moreover, new and existing Ghost users are being referred to Symantec System Recovery software. Apart from that, the Ghost Solution Suite’s last update was in 2008, but reports said of a new version currently under development.