R-Drive Image is a potent utility for creating disk image files creation for backup or duplication purposes.
Disk image file contains the exact, byte-by-byte copy of a hard disk, partition or logical disk, and can be created with various compression levels on the fly without stopping Windows OS.
R-Drive Image is a software that creates disk image files. R-Drive Image is one of the best backup and disaster recovery solutions for preventing loss of data after a fatal system failure.
These drive image files can then be stored in a variety of places, including various removable media such as CD-R (W) or DVD-R (W), Iomega Zip or Jazz, etc.
R-Drive Image is capable of restoring those images on the original disk, on any other partitions or even on a hard drive’s free space on the fly. R-Drive Image creates a special bootable diskette to restore the system partition.
To restore only certain files from a disk image, you can connect the image as a virtual disk and copy those files directly from the disk image using Windows Explorer or any other file utility.
Here are some key features of the “R-Drive Image”:
– A simple wizard interface – no in-depth computer management skills are required.
– Commands in the shortcut menu to perform some disk operations, such as restoring data from an image file and connecting a image as a virtual disk directly from Windows Explorer.
– Image files are created on-the-fly, no need to stop and restart Windows. All other disk writes are stored in a cache until the image is created.
– Images can be created for storage devices with removable media
– Images can be burned on CD / DVD recorders directly from the program
– Image data can be compressed to save space.
– Image files can be stored on removable media. Support for USB 2.0 devices in the startup mode.
– Images can be split into several files to fit the type of storage medium.
– Image can be created incrementally and differentially.
– Image files can be password-protected and contain comments.
– Support for various non-MBR partition layouts. This Support for Various Non-MBR Partition Layouts for details.
– Data from an image are restored on-the-fly, except for a system partition. Data to the system partition can be restored either by restarting the R-Drive Image in its startup mode directly from Windows, or by using specially created startup disks.
– A special startup disk (a startup CD / DVD disc, USB removable storage device, or 2 floppy disks) can be created to restore data to a system partition.
– The file system of the restored disk can be converted to another one (FAT16 to FAT32 and vise versa.).
– Data from an image can be restored on a free (unpartitioned) space on any place on a hard drive. The size of the restored partition can be changed
– Data from an image can be restored to other existing partitions. R-Drive Image deletes such partitions and restores data on that free space.
– An entire disk can be directly copied to another one.
– An image can be connected as a read-only virtual drive and its content can be viewed and copied.
– An image can be checked for its integrity.
– A built-in scheduler automatically starts the disk operations at scheduled times / events.
– Scripts can be created for frequent or unattended actions. Scripts are executed from a command line and can be included in any command file.
– Support for backup sets. A backup set is a set of files (usually a file for a full image of an object and a number of its incremental / differential backups) which R-Drive Image treats as one unit. Backup sets are used to flexibly control the parameters of complex backup tasks such as total size allocated for image files, the number of image files to keep, and the time for which the data will be kept.
– R-Drive Image OEM System Recovery Media creation: a special startup disk (s) that can be used to restore a computer system after a complete failure when it requires a complete system setup (system recovery disks).