"Great for my hard drive swap and more."4.5 starson by stjudedaddy
Pros: Flawless swap of hard drive without hassle, relatively easy to use
Cons: Extreme novice may need some minor tech help
Summary: I recently upgraded/expanded my HDD to 1TB (from 250GB) and feared having to reinstall everything - you know, programs, files, settings and the like. Even typing that makes me cringe!
I researched what might make my job a bit easier and Norton Ghost 14.0 seemed like a nice fit. I found some so-so and poor reviews from some earlier versions (from customers), but I was willing to risk it for the possibility of success. (After all, I performed a complete backup before doing anything that might be "risky".)
I am thrilled with the outcome! I simply installed the software, which took the standard 5 minutes or so, launched Ghost 14.0 and followed the instructions. I installed my new hard drive as a secondary and used the "copy my hard drive" feature and in about 45 minutes, my copy was complete. Afterwards, I simply swapped the two drives positions (be sure to switch the connectors to the motherboard as well and fired up my machine.
I have not had a single problem (knock on a wood-grain CPU cabinet) and I am back to work with only about 60 minutes downtime.
As for the other features of Ghost 14.0, the verdict is still out, but if they perfom half as well as the hard drive copy feature did I will be very happy! After using a 20% discount on Norton's website I think I had about $54 in it - and it saved me far more than that in downtime so hat's off Norton!