While most will schedule the backup to run at a specific time, say 1am when they are not using the system, if the job is running when you need to use the computer, you have the option to adjust the speed of the backup so that you can work more efficiently while the backup is going on, and then speed it back up when you are done.
Then if anything bad happens like a hard drive crash, a virus, or even if your house is destroyed in a fire, as long as you have access to your recovery disk, the most current set of backups, and Ghost, you can recover to the point of that last backup.
If you have multiple hard drives and you do a full backup of your system drive, you may only want some information from the second drive backed up. You can also set it up to do backups of a specific directory, for example your photographs. Then when you add a bunch of new photos you can just run the job and those files will be protected.
So with all this, what's new with Norton Ghost 15?
• Cold imaging now lets you backup files without installing Ghost. This allows you to create independent recovery points using the "Back Up My Computer" feature in Symantec Recovery Disk. Sometimes known as a cold backup or offline backup, you can create recovery points of a partition without the need to install Norton Ghost or its Agent.
• ThreatCon integration leverages intelligence from Symantec’s industry-leading security research organization to automatically backup files whenever ThreatCon reaches a specified threat level.
• Blu-ray Disk imaging gives you the ability to not only back up to DVD, or CD, but Blu-ray as well. Now you can copy your recovery points to any of these media.
• Windows 7 support has now been added to Ghost. Updates have been added so that this version works better with Windows Vista with SP2 (includes Home Basic, Home Premium, Business-Retail, and Ultimate).
• Virtual formats support has been improved to include support for VMware ESX 3.5i and 4.0i as well as VMware ESX 3.5 and 4.0