GHO File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a GHO file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .GHO files.

What is a GHO file?

Files that contain the .gho file extension normally hold Norton Ghost files. These GHO files contain "snapshots" of a user's hard drive.

The Norton Ghost application is used by users to save an exact copy of the user's drive into the GHO file format. This GHO file can then be used to restore the hard drive or individual files that were on the hard drive if the hard drive or the data on the drive becomes lost or corrupt.

If a user does not want to have an exact replica of their computer contents accessible in an unlocked file, the user can encrypt the GHO files for added security.

How to open GHO files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension GHO for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 3 different GHO openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension GHO

While we know of one file format using the .GHO file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .GHO file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of GHO files. Remember, different programs may use GHO files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Symantec Ghost ExplorerSymantec Ghost ExplorerUser submitted
Norton Ghost ExplorerNorton Ghost ExplorerUser submitted
Ghost ExplorerGhost ExplorerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with GHO-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with GHO-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!