Symantec's Norton Ghost Garners High Praise from Editors, Reviewers
- Rave Reviews in from InfoWorld, PC/Computing, PC Week, and Windows Magazine -
Cupertino, Calif --September 15, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:
SYMC), the worldwide leader in utility software for business and
personal computing, today announced that since its acquisition of
Ghost disk-cloning software from Binary Research Limited in June, the
product has received accolades from many of the industry's most
prestigious trade publications. Norton Ghost is the industry's leading
disk-cloning technology. The product is used by more than half of the
Fortune 500, and nearly four million seats of Norton Ghost have been
installed in the last 20 months. Symantec purchased Ghost to enhance
the company's solutions for corporate customers by providing them
software tools that help management PC systems more effectively and
Symantec recently unveiled its Norton-branded Ghost product, Norton
Ghost. Norton Ghost enables users to copy the entire contents of one
disk to another or to a disk image file. They can, in turn, use the
image file as a template to create copies of the original disk.
Norton Ghost reduces the time to install a typical 300MB Windows 95
system from an hour-with substantial operator input-to just five
minutes-with no operator input required. Multicast allows multiple
workstations to be installed at the same time, which further improves
efficiency. Norton Ghost can make complete backups of disks, even
copying "in-use" system files that are missed by other backup
In the September 1998 issue of PC/Computing, editor Dave Johnson gave
Norton Ghost the publication's top five-star rating, calling the
product "an essential part of your toolkit" for managing multiple hard
disks or images. Referring to the multicast capabilities in Norton
Ghost, Johnson singled out the solution's value as a network imaging
tool as well as a single hard-drive copier.
The September 1998 edition of Windows Magazine also praised Norton
Ghost's multicast features, naming Norton Ghost to the magazine's
esteemed WinList of recommended products. "[The product] is one of the
most sophisticated, yet inexpensive, pro-level disk-copying programs
available," read the review. "There's almost no disk-copying problem
you can't solve with Ghost," the review concluded.
The June 29, 1998, issue of InfoWorld included a product comparison
featuring Norton Ghost and Quarterdeck's DiskClone. Editor Mike Avery
gave Norton Ghost a rating of Excellent and DiskClone a rating of
Good. "I found that the mature Ghost is still your best bet for
reliable, fast system installation and disk duplication, " wrote
Avery. "Ghost created this market and still has an edge in robustness
William Wong's positive review of Norton Ghost was featured in the
July 6, 1998, issue of PC Week. Wong singled out Norton Ghost's
outstanding performance and interoperability, writing, "The latest
version of the speedy Ghost disk-cloning software has a new GUI and
improved support for SCSI DAT, making a good product for rolling out
operating systems and applications en masse even better."
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing.
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safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions
and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand
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