About key product components

Norton Ghost includes two key components: the program itself, and the Symantec Recovery Disk CD.

Table: Key product components

Key Component


Norton Ghost program (user interface)

The Norton Ghost program lets you define, schedule, and run backups of your computer. When you run a backup, recovery points of your computer are created, which you can then use to recover your entire computer, or individual drives, files, and folders. You can also manage recovery point storage (backup destination), and monitor the backup status of your computer to make sure your valuable data is backed up on a regular basis.

Symantec Recovery Disk CD

The Symantec Recovery Disk CD is used to start your computer in the recovery environment. If your computer’s operating system fails, use Symantec Recovery Disk to recover your system drive (the drive where your operating system is installed).


Depending on which version of the product you have purchased, Symantec Recovery Disk is either included on your product CD, or as a separate CD. You should place the CD that contains Symantec Recovery Disk in a safe place.

See About recovering a computer.

About key product components