File Extension GHO

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    Norton Ghost Backup Image Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a GHO file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a GHO file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your GHO file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The GHO extension is used by Norton Ghost 2003 and earlier versions for the image files. Current versions use the extension v2i and do not support the GHO format, they can not restore GHO files.

Symantec's Norton Ghost is a backup utility that creates complete images of disks and partitions. It stores the entire structure and all data in one or more files. The first file of such a backup has the extension gho, all following the file extension ghs.

Norton Ghost allows these backups to be completely written back to a hard disk or to search in the backup and extract individual files.

GHO files can also be password protected and compressed.

Programs which can open a GHO file

How to open a GHO file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the GHO file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a GHO file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support GHO files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a GHO file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all GHO files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with GHO there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the GHO file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the GHO file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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