Softpedia Editor's Review for DriveImage XML
Backup and image logical drives and partitions, create hot images, copy one drive to another
Written by Sorin Cirneala on December 27th, 2012
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DriveImage XML is a lightweight application designed to help you backup a drive and restore the files later. It is a useful tool that can be used to restore important files when you encounter a disk failure.
To protect yourself from the experience of losing important data due to a faulty hard drive you need to create a backup of your information. This program enables you to store the exact image of a disk partition onto another disk. If you want to save disk space, the app can easily compress the image.
It can work in raw mode that creates an exact copy of the partition's occupied space but it generates a file that cannot be browsed. If you want to view the content of the image you need to extract the entire image. Unchecking the Raw option allows you to browse the files from the image file and to extract only a certain file.
To restore an image file to a partition you just need to select the backup and the target partition. DriveImage XML replaces all the data from the target partition so you should be careful and not lose any useful files. You can use the program to backup a partition directly to another partition if you want to move the data without making any changes.
The application uses the Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services in order to back up even the files that are currently in use which prevents corrupted disk snapshots. These backup files can be processed by other tools and you can restore them without having to reboot your computer.
The interface of the program is easy to understand and each task is performed using a wizard that guides you through all the steps. In our tests the program performed without any problems. It uses insignificant system resources and has virtually no impact on the computer performance.
The backup speed is reasonable since it took about six minutes to backup a partition of 3 GB. To restore the same partition took almost eight minutes.
You should try DriveImage XML if you need to backup and to restore your data with minimum efforts.
DriveImage XML description
Here are some key features of "DriveImage XML":
· Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
· Browse images, view and extract files
· Restore images to the same or a different drive
· Copy directly from drive to drive
· Schedule automatic backups
· Run DriveImage from WinPE boot CD-ROM
· 256 MB Ram