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Creating An Image Of Your Hard Drive Using DriveImgXML

preventing a hard drive disaster

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    In order to keep your previous data from being the victim of a disaster such as a hardware failure, creating an image of your hard drive is a quick and easy solution. You don't need a complicated system or expensive software either.


    DriveImageXML is one such utility. Its function? To take a complete image of your hard drive which you will be able to restore to. But it gets even better, you can perform this function while using your computer.


    Once installed and launched just click on the Backup button and you're off to the races. Browse to the location you wish to save to (preferably an external hard drive or CD) and move to the next part of the wizard.


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    The settings here affect how large the backup is

    • Split large files. If you plan to burn your disk image to CDs or DVDs, select "Split large files," which will break your image file down into smaller chunks. This way you can easily save them to smaller-sized disks later on. If "Split large files" is NOT checked, you'll get one giant image file, either as large as the disk itself or as large as the used space on the disk (depending on whether "Raw mode" is enabled.)
    • Compressed. If space on your destination drive is at a premium, select the "Compressed" option to make your image file up to 40% smaller than in normal mode. Compression will slow down the imaging process, but it will help save on disk space.
    • Hot Imaging Strategy. The hot part of DriveImage XML is that it can image your drive while you work—but that means that files you're using while it does its thing have to be locked to be copied correctly. DiX will try two strategies: locking the drive entirely (if you're not using the computer and saving files), or using Windows' built-in Volume Shadow Services to get the last saved state of the drive. Leaving this at the default—"Try Volume Locking first"—is fine for home use.

    Click the Next button to start creating the drive image file. Depending on the speed of your computer, and the size of your hard drive (and amount of used space), this process can take a significant amount of time.