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november 2014 by melypearl
DiskImage Brings Professional Cloning Features to the Desktop
If you've ever worked in IT support, you're likely familiar with enterprise cloning and disk imaging tools. They usually allow you to schedule backups, mount virtual disk images as drives, and can do live backups of your drive while you're still using it. O&O brings a number of those high-end tools to a desktop product with DiskImage, a feature-rich disk cloning tool that supports both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 2000 Professional, XP, and Vista.

When I built my new 64-bit Vista system, the first thing I wanted to do when I was finished (and one of the things I was most worried about being able to do) was back up the drive to an image I could restore if I had problems later down the line. Creating a good clean image to restore from gives you a way to rebuild your system from a good state without having to reinstall all of your apps and drivers. DiskImage is a great solution that quickly performs whole-disk backups without having to boot to another drive.

In addition to the ability to back up a disk from within Windows, DiskImage also allows you to mount disk images that you've made as virtual disks, so if you deleted a file that you know is in your last backup, you can mount the image and copy the files you need. It also supports dynamic and GPT disks, and RAID arrays.

The app can take whole-disk backups to network drives, optical media like CDs and DVDs, and can even do disk-to-disk copies if you need to do entire disk backups and restores. The app can create a bootable emergency CD if you need to run the utility but can't boot into Windows, or want to do a disk restore.

One of DiskImage's best features is the ability to do whole disk backups and then do incremental backups, much like an enterprise backup solution. This means that only files and folders that have been changed since the last backup are included in the upcoming backup, which can cut down on the amount of time DiskImage takes to run its backup jobs. You can also run your backup jobs on-demand or schedule them to run sometime when you know you'll be away from your system.

DiskImage isn't free; the full version will run you about $30. There are free backup tools that offer many of the same features, like Comodo Backup, IdleBackup, and DriveImage XML. Even so, the $30 price tag for the number of features you get is compelling, and when you consider how much the utility costs compared to the amount of time you'd likely spend frustrated and trying to recover from a drive failure or data loss, it might be worth it.

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january 2009 by egwillim
DriveImage Helps You Recover Data Quickly
Everyone knows that backing up your data is a no-brainer. It's not a matter of whether your hard drive will fail, but when it will fail, and how you'll recover. Seasoned IT professionals know that imaging hard drives and partitions is much better than copying data to CD or DVD or keeping an army of external hard drives connected to your machine. DriveImage XML is a free utility that helps make the imaging process easy to manage and simple to do.

Most IT departments at large companies rely on drive imaging to back up and deploy systems from servers to laptops. Imaging your drive means you can take a good, working installation, complete with your favorite programs, settings, bookmarks, and files; back everything up to a single file; and keep that file safe on an external drive. If your system dies, you have Windows problems that you can't fix, or you need to replace your hard drive, then you can download the image to your formatted hard drive or replacement hard drive and be up and running again without having to download programs and spend time installing things.

DriveImage allows you to do this, and even automate regular imaging and backups using Windows' built-in task scheduler. The app allows you to back up logical drives and partitions and copy them across network shares or back them up to external hard drives automatically. It also lets you image new hard drives with images that you've saved. You can even browse the contents of an old image to see if it has all the updates or settings that you're looking for before you use it for something.

DriveImage uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), a tool built into Windows that means you don't have to boot up to a CD or DVD to image your drive. Most other drive imaging tools require you to boot up to a special disk or CD to properly image your system, assuming that it can't get an accurate image if the disk is in use. Because DriveImage uses VSS, you can stay online and image your system at the same time. Additionally, because DriveImage stores your images in XML format, other tools can browse the image files as well.

DriveImage XML supports only Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003, and is completely free. You can download and install the tool, or you can grab a copy of the WinPE boot CD that has DriveImage XML on it.

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october 2007 by egwillim

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