What Is a Ghost Hard Drive Copy?


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Ghost hard drive is a term that refers to a physical backup copy of a hard drive created using Norton Ghost, one of the most popular hard drive backup utilities available as of October 2015. The official terminology for a physical hard drive backup copy is a clone.

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The cloning process involves copying all of the data including files, master boot record, allocation table and operating system files from the original hard drive directly onto another physical hard drive disk, differing from hard drive imaging. Hard drive imaging also copies all of the files and boot systems from the original hard drive, however the copy is then compressed into a single file which can be written to a physical drive at a later time.

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