Ghost Explorer could work with images from older versions but only slowly; version 4 images contain indexes to find files rapidly.
Version 4.0 also moved from real-mode DOS to 286 protected mode.
After the Symantec acquisition, a few functions (such as translation into other languages) were moved elsewhere, but the main development remained in Auckland until October 2009 at which time much was moved to India.
Ghost 8 and later are Windows programs; as such, they can run on Windows PE, Bart PE or Hiren's Boot CD and use the same plug and play hardware drivers as a standard desktop computer, making hardware support for Ghost much simpler.
Norton Ghost 2003, a consumer edition of Ghost, was released on September 6, 2002.
As a DOS-based program, Ghost requires machines running Windows to reboot to DOS to run it.
Ghost 6.0 requires a separate DOS partition when used with the console.
However, version 3.1, released in 1997 supports cloning individual partitions.
Ghost could clone a disk or partition to another disk or partition or to an image file.
Available as an independent product, Norton Ghost 2003 was also included as a component of Norton System Works 2003 Professional.
A simpler, non-corporate version of Ghost, Norton Ghost 2003 does not include the console but has a Windows front-end to script Ghost operations and create a bootable Ghost diskette.
Gdisk serves a role similar to Fdisk, but has greater capabilities.
A Norton Ghost version for Novell Net Ware (called 2.0), released around 1999, supports NSS partitions (although it runs in DOS, like the others).
The Binary Research logo, two stars revolving around each other, plays on the main screen when the program is idle.