Configuring Norton Ghost default options

The Options dialog box includes several views that let you configure the following default settings:




Specify a default location where a backup will create and store recovery points and file and folder backup data. If the location you choose is on a network, you can enter your user authentication information.


Lets you specify a default speed for backup or recovery processes. When you move the slider closer to Fast, it increases the speed at which the program backs up or recovers your computer. If you choose a slower speed it could improve the performance of your computer, especially if you work on your computer during a backup or recovery.


During a backup or recovery, you have the option to override this default setting to fit your needs at the time.

You can also configure network throttling to limit the effects of backups on network performance.

See Adjusting the effect of a backup on computer performance.

See Enabling network throttling.

Tray Icon

You can turn on or off the system tray icon. You can also specify whether to show only error messages when they occur, or to show both error messages and other information, such as the completion of a backup.

See Adjusting default tray icon settings.

File Types

Lets you manage file types and file type categories, which are used as a method for selecting the types of files you want included in a file and folder backup.

See Managing file types.

Google Desktop

If Google Desktop is installed on your computer when you install Norton Ghost, you have the option of enabling Google Desktop file and folder recovery. When you enable this feature, you can search for files (by file name) inside a recovery point that was created with search engine support enabled.

If Google Desktop is not installed on your computer when you install Norton Ghost, you have the option of clicking a link to the Web site where you can download and install Google Desktop for free.

See About using a search engine to search recovery points.

External Drives

Delete or rename the unique names you have given to external drives used as backup and Offsite Copy destinations.

See Using nicknames for external drives.

Configure FTP

Specify default FTP settings to be used with Offsite Copy.

See Configuring default FTP settings for use with Offsite Copy.

Log File

Lets you specify the types of product messages to log (errors, warnings, and information), where to store the log file, and set a maximum file size for the log file.

See Logging Norton Ghost messages.

Event Log

Lets you specify the types of product messages to log (errors, warnings, and information) in the Windows event log.

See Logging Norton Ghost messages.

SMTP E-mail

If you want a history of actions taken by Norton Ghost, or of error messages and warnings, you can choose to save them in a log file on your computer, or to have them emailed to an address you specify.


If you have a Network Management System (NMS) application, you can enable SNMP Traps support to send notifications to you NMS application.

See About SNMP traps.

To configure Norton Ghost default options

  1. Start Norton Ghost.

  2. Click Tasks > Options.

  3. Select an option you want to edit, make any necessary changes, and then click OK.

More Information

Selecting a default backup destination

Enabling email notifications for product (event) messages

Configuring Norton Ghost default options