5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Imaging Program with Good Features,
This review is from: DiskImage (CD-ROM)
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I have used a lot of imaging programs over the years and this is a good one. For those who are not familiar with disk imaging it is basically the ability to capture an entire physical disk in the format of a file. Typical uses in the IT industry is to make a base copy of an installation complete with settings, individual programmes etc. These are then applied to similar hardware so as to avoid the long drawn out process of swapping disks etc. Your own laptop or PC would have been installed in this way at the factory.
This programme allows you to take an image of your own kit as an insurance policy against a hard disk failure so that not only do you safeguard your data but all the programmes you have installed.
In the past, when I have taken these images, the kit needed to be booted from a CD as the OS could not be operational. This one can be run while the PC is in use. The snag for the average user is the time it takes to create the base image. On my laptop it took about one and a half hours. However when I think of a recent event where I had to reinstall an XP based laptop it is no contest. As XP is a very mature OS, there are literally hundreds of patches to go on the laptop even when the base OS etc is re-installed from the recovery partition. I had the laptop for two days while it caught up with hundreds of patches.
This is a good product which can convert its image file to VHD format (used by VMWare for example) and it also has a 64 bit version.