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Image for Windows can help you safeguard data by backing up partitions or an entire drive. It supports various target storage locations, like local and mapped folders as well as discs and USB drives. The tool has a simple interface, which can be switched between two modes: simple and normal. When the program starts, you are welcomed by a screen that lets you pick one of the four main functions: Backup, Restore, Validate and Copy. Luckily, everything is done in a wizard fashion, so you will not feel overwhelmed by too many options at the same time.
In backup mode, it is possible to create copies of one or various partitions and even an entire disk. Additionally, you do not need to copy all the data in the source location because the program allows performing differential and incremental backups, which may significantly reduce the time required. Fortunately, you are also allowed to compress and encrypt the resulting file (256-bit AES), to save storage space and protect the data from intruders.
A backup can also be validated, which means checking its internal consistency as a way to make sure the copy is reliable. In turn, the resulting image files can be used when it is necessary to restore data, such as in case of a disk crash. Finally, you can also clone a partition to another drive to create an exact copy.
The tool works with raw data and, as a result, it supports any kind of partition, including DOS, Linux and even encrypted partitions. Good news is that it allows you to continue using your machine while the backup is being created without generating any kind of inconsistencies.
The tool has other advantages. For instance, it lets you schedule backup jobs. This way, you can automate the process and stop worrying about doing it manually. Likewise, it is great that all the discs (CD, DVD, BD) containing backups are automatically made bootable, which lets you restore data even when the system has completely crashed. Another asset of this program is that it can be used from the command line.
All in all, Image for Windows is a great backup tool that ranks among the best of its type. The product definitely deserves a try, that is why it is a blessing that it can be evaluated at no cost for 30 days. If you like it, you can buy as part of a bundle that contains other tools by the same developer.
- Supports any file format
- Command-line support
- Wizard-driven interface
- Allows differential and incremental backups
- Creates bootable discs
- Lets you continue using your machine while performing the backup
- Supports encrypting and compressing data
- Allows scheduling backup jobs
- Buying it in a bundle may increase its individual cost