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Acronis vs Ghost

Norton Ghost 14 Vs Acronis True Image 11

When it comes to choosing the best backup software there really are only two serious contenders. Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image, both have been around for years, both have a large user base, and both will do what most people would need a backup software package to do.

According to Google Trends the popularity of searches for Norton Ghost has been on a steady decline over the last few years. Whereas the popularity of Acronis True image has been on a steady increase. It is reasonable to predict that Acronis may very well eventually take the lead as the most popular backup software.

Below is a basic comparison of some of the features of each software package. You can click on the following links to read full reviews:
Norton Ghost 14
Acronis True Image 11

Features Norton Ghost 14 Acronis True Image 11
Price ($US) $69.99 $49.99
Operating System supported Windows Vista, Windows XP Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Minium hardware requirements CPU: 300MHz
RAM: 256MB
CPU: 300MHz
RAM: 256MB
Complete Image backup of hard disk Yes Yes
Able to create Image backup while Windows is running Yes Yes
Incremental Backup Yes Yes
Differential Backup No Yes
Individual File/Folder Backup Yes Yes
Able to backup files in use Yes Yes
Schedule backups Yes Yes
Outlook/Outlook Express backup separately No Yes
Backup files to FTP No Yes
Backup data to external hard disk Yes Yes
Backup data to removable media such as DVDs, CDs, etc. Yes Yes
Password protect backup Yes Yes
Password encrypted No Yes
Can restore individual files and folders Yes Yes
Backup data is compressed Yes Yes
Size of Image backup files can be preset No Yes
Include/exclude certain file types with filters. Yes Yes
Verify/validate backup ? Yes
Create mirror/clone backup of hard drive Yes Yes
Software can create backup recovery disk No. Yes
Span the backup across multiple drives or disks. Yes Yes
Image backup file format .v2i .tib
Continuous data protection No No
Logging/Reporting Yes Yes
Backup is bootable with recovery disk Yes Yes
Restore individual files and folders Yes Yes