As our drives are so large, with multiple partitions and files scattered in various locations, it's not always easy to backup our data on a file-by-file basis. It's easier to grab the entire drive contents, select a location then back it up. If the drive or partition fails, we can then simply restore the entire drive, rather than mess around with individual files or components. However, you need a dedicated tool that will take your existing drive, backup and then perform an incremental backup in the future. This means that the backup application will only backup files altered since the last drive backup, resulting in a far quicker backup procedure.
Norton Ghost 14 is a drive backup and restore tool that's been around for ages. At revision 14, it can certainly be regarded as tried and tested technology. On key rival is the excellent Acronis True Image 11 and both are worth evaluating.
Norton Ghost 14 and Acronis True Image 11 links.
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