Drive Image 7
Image 7, the premier backup solution, is a fast, inexpensive,
and complete hard drive imaging solution. Unlike file-by-file
copying utilities, Drive Image uses SmartSector imaging to
create an exact image of a hard drive or partition where your
operating system, applications and data resides.
With Drive Image, you can create and restore a compressed
image file of an entire hard disk or individual partitions
of a hard drive. Because Drive Image uses SmartSector imaging,
your Windows optimizations are preserved when you restore
Drive Image 7 runs on Windows XP Home and Professional, as
well as Windows 2000 Professional Desktop Version. Drive Image
2002 is included for users of Windows 95c, 98, ME and NT 4.0
Workstation. The purchase price includes both products.
Image 7 Features
prepare backup images
Back up your entire computer, including the OS, programs,
files and settings. Scheduling allows you to choose to back
up a drive immediately or lets you to schedule backups for
the future and choose a regular schedule to repeat backups.
backup simple with a user-friendly Windows interface and
your backup to virtually any internal or external drive
(CD or DVD burners, USB or FireWire devices, network locations)
automatic backups for any time you select, view the backups
you have scheduled and and view the history of backups completed
on the drive
your backup as a driver letter for easy access
“hot imaging” to create backups without ever
create exact hard drive duplicates
Capture everything on your hard drive, precisely as it is, using
SmartSector® Technology. SmartSector imaging has several
key advantages over file-based copying solutions. Those advantages
include improved performance, precise hard-drive imaging, preservation
of Windows hard-drive optimizations, and flexibility.
all the information on your computer, not just application
drive images saves valuable disk space
and safely restore your system
Have the complete backup you need when errors or system failures
occur. PowerQuest Drive Image 7 is like buying insurance –
you never know when a disaster will happen. With Drive Image
each backup takes a complete image of your hard drive or just
the partitions you specify including OS, programs, files, and
settings. Drive Image allows you to rest easy knowing that your
data is safe and secure. You don’t have to worry about
selecting each file or program or trying to remember what you
chose to save – everything is automatically backed up.
your entire system or just selected files – you choose
all your data from one computer to another without hassle
and advanced views
Drive Image includes two views. The basic view is the default
and provides quick, easy access to the most commonly used
Drive Image features. It incudes a menu bar, icons for common
tasks and a shortcut for switching views.
The advanced view provides a quick overview of the drives
on the machine, backup jobs you have created, the backup history
for each drive, and Drive Image-related event messages. You
can also perform some additional tasks from the advanced view
that are not available from the basic view.
The Copy Drives feature helps you copy the contents of one
hard drive to another. You can copy your operating system,
applications, and data to a new hard drive. Copied partitions
are expanded to occupy the same proportion of the new hard
disk as they do on the original hard drive. For example, if
you had two 1 GB FAT 32 partitions on a 2 GB hard disk and
you copied both partitions to a new 8 GB hard disk, each partition
would be expanded to 4 GB on the new hard disk. You can choose
to copy an entire hard drive or selected partitions.
You can use the Copy Drives feature when you upgrade to a
larger hard drive or when you add a second hard drive and
keep the original. You should not use the Copy Drives feature
to set up a hard drive that will be used in another computer.
Windows XP Home/Pro/2000 Pro Windows Me/98/98SE/95c/NT WS
new in Drive Image 2002
imaging technology allows you to create and restore drive
images while running in Windows*, unlike other desktop imaging
solutions which require booting to DOS
intuitive Windows interface
your image files directly to another section of your hard
drive by automatically creating a dedicated backup partition
support allows you to save hard drive images to, and restore
from, a network drive
and improved online help. Quickly learn all the functions
while walking through common backup scenarios
and start using Powerquest
Image 7 Reviews and Press
By September 2003's Computer Video magazine, Bob Crabtree)
Drive Image v.7 is claimed to be faster and more convenient
and flexible than previous versions, being able to back up
even boot disks over a network and to FireWire and USB drives.
But can it live up to the hype?
Drive Image hard disk back-up and restore program is one of
CV readers' favourite Windows utilities. It's a simple-to-use
safety net against disk failure and is also employed by reviewers
(and system builders) as a fast and dependable way of restoring
known good configurations onto boot drives on test PCs - to
make the next hardware or software installation as hassle-free
Drive Image 2002 (review, Dec 2002, p74) was a significant
improvement over V5, adding the ability to work with drives
bigger than 80GByte, and to carry out a range of back-up tasks
from within Windows that, in V5 and before, had required a
reboot into DOS.
Where DI 2002 fell short, though, was in its inability to
back up in a Windows environment any drive on which files
are open. This means that backing up a boot drive still required
a reboot into DOS - and the same was true for restoring. This
was more than an irritation - drives don't work as speedily
under DOS as they do under Windows, so even ignoring the delay
for a reboot, the creation and restoration of drive images
takes considerably longer under DOS. Backing up to network
drives was also unnecessarily complicated and there was no
support for backing up to DVD burners.
With Drive Image 7, PowerQuest appears, on paper, to have
addressed all the biggest issues in V2002, and to be introducing
a program that's far more convenient and flexible. Version
7 can back up any hard disk under Windows, even if it has
open files - and even if it's a boot disk. Better still, the
program can back up to (and restore from) external FireWire
and USB drives - something that was beyond earlier versions
because there are no DOS drivers for FireWire and USB. And,
with V7, the program can back up to DVD.
But there's bad news, too. V7 only works under Win XP and
2K. That's because a lot of the clever stuff relies on Microsoft's
.NET Framework being installed - and this won't run on Win
95, 98/SE, ME or NT. Oh, and at least 256MByte of RAM is needed
to restore backups. Version 7 has lost one feature introduced
in V2002 - the ability to non-destructively create a partition
on the boot hard disk onto which a backup can be saved. But,
in truth, a partition on the boot disk is about the worst
possible place for it.
We also discovered that Drive Image 7 won't work reliably
on PCs that boot into more than one operating system. That's
plain daft, given that one of the key selling points of Drive
Image's sister program, Partition Magic, is its ability to
easily implement dual-booting. Information about this shortcoming
is found only at the end of a read-me file that's buried within
a sub-folder on the program CD and will be first seen by most
users only at the point where the program finishes installing.
a fix isn't made available, this limitation needs to be explained
on the packaging, on the company's website and in its other
publicity material - users with dual-boot systems may otherwise
assume, because they've got good back ups, that they'll be
able to restore from them - only discovering when an emergency
arises that they can't.
Drive Image 7 comes with an inadequate printed manual and
has some maddening foibles, notably the inability to work
reliably on dual-boot systems or to allow browsing of multiple
image files on removable media. These are things that PowerQuest
ought to address, and quickly, but knowing the company's past
reluctance to introduce intermediary fixes and point-revisions,
we're not holding our breath.
Even so, in most ways, Drive Image 7 is a massive improvement
over its justifiably popular predecessor. The ability to easily
back up to (and restore from) virtually any drive, irrespective
of how its connected, is a huge step forward. So, too, is
the speed at which backups and restores take place, and the
fact that the user can keep on working during the creation
of backups - though we'd not recommend anyone edit video when
this is happening.
long ceased to be any valid reason for not backing up important
drives and data. But almost all excuses for users of Win 2K
and XP are now blown away by the arrival of Drive Image 7,
with its ability to take advantage of a wide range of affordable
everyday technologies - giant-capacity hard disks, writable
DVD, networking, FireWire, USB, SCSI and PCMCIA.
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