Disk Image

User's Guide

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Overview and List of Features

Disk image software Active@ Disk Image allows you to create an image of the data stored in selected partitions of a hard disk or an image of the entire hard disk.

Active@ Disk Image is partition-oriented and not file-oriented. In a file-oriented system, you must select all the files that you want to archive. In a partition-oriented system, all files on the selected disk partition are saved into the archive.

A partition-oriented approach offers two major advantages:

  • There is no risk that you will overlook important files when performing the backup. All files on the disk are saved into the image file.
  • The folder structure and all hidden system files are saved, guaranteeing reliable partition restoring. If the original partition is completely corrupted and unrecoverable, it is still possible to restore system partitions, data and installed software.

Main Features

  • Create and restore a disk image without having to restart the computer (in most cases).
  • Optionally select only those sectors that contain useful information. The resulting disk image is smaller and it takes less time to create.
  • Store a disk image in a local file, on a network drive or burn directly on CD/DVD/Blue-ray Disc.
  • Create an exact (sector-by-sector) image for data recovery scenarios or for backing up partitions with unknown file systems.
  • Make a disk image of any hard disk (IDE, SCSI, USB, FireWire), Solid State Disk (SSD), USB Flash Drive or Floppy diskette.
  • Create an ISO image from CD/DVD/Blue-ray disc and burn them back.
  • Backup data from basic disks or dynamic disks.
  • Configure image compression to make a balance between archive size and recording speed.
  • Create an image of several disk partitions at the same time and store them in one archive.
  • Automate image creation by setting up several disk images at once.
  • Restore selected disk, partition or individual files from the archive.
  • Run disk backup software Active@ Disk Image from Active@ Boot Disk to perform all disk image operations no matter what installed operating system is present.
  • Setup an unattended imaging of a computer using scheduling.
  • Simple procedures using easy-to-follow wizards.
  • Record operations logs. There are three log formats supported: XML logs (used internally by software), plain text log (placed along with an image) and Windows Event log.
  • Split a disk image into several files to make file handling easier.
  • Use password protection for security.
  • Exclude page files and hibernate file to improve recording speed and reduce backup file size.
  • Easily transfer system and program files to several workstations with disk or partition cloning. Unicode support (file names and descriptions in Asian languages are supported).
  • Backup disks partitioned with MBR, GPT or Mac OS X Boot Camp style GPT Create incremental and differential backups to save storage space

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