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O&O have recently released version 5 of their Professional disk imaging software and so are now offering the previous version (v4) for free. This is however, the full Professional Edition which includes all the features and options one would expect from a commercial disk imaging program, including; incremental & differential backups, scheduled backups and bootable rescue CD.
O&O DiskImage Professional Edition also includes native support for 64-bit systems.
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February 26, 2010
Hey MerleOne - I investigated your claim and it turns out you are right on the money!!
Most other disk imaging software includes the ability to create a bootable rescue CD from within the software itself. Even the freeware version of Macrium Reflect includes that feature.
Information across the O&O site clearly states that a bootable rescue CD is included with this product and there is absolutely nothing that suggests otherwise. That is, in my opinion, misleading and dishonest.
Disk imaging software is pretty useless without a rescue disc so, in the end, O&O are giving away nothing!! I am disgusted with O&O and have sent them an email telling them so.
Thanks for the heads up....much appreciated,
Disk imaging software is pretty useless without a rescue disc[/quote:21yxzgtn]
Well, useless may be a little extreme. It's useful if the system is bootable and you can get into the program to restore the image. That said, there are lots of other options including True Image!
I don't think it is a little extreme at all Dave.
When do we need to restore an image? Mostly when the O.S is badly broken and often when it is no longer bootable. I consider the ability to use bootable media to restore an image [i:2xbeko55]the[/i:2xbeko55] most important ingredient for any disk imaging software.
We have many other choices for when a system is experiencing some hiccups but is mostly usable, including good ol' System Restore.
I have never yet needed to restore an image just because something is broken, provided the O.S. remains bootable and mostly functional, most things are repairable.
To me, disk imaging software is the ultimate disaster recovery tool which definitely loses that potency if no bootable CD is included....thus rendering it pretty useless.
In the grand scheme of things I stay away from system restore. It becomes my last line of defense if I have no other options. Why? System Restore is mainly a registry recovery with some system files thrown in for good measure. An image contains everything including: registry, programs, settings, and all files. As such, it can be used in many recovery operations, not just an unbootable system.
It's just two sides of the same coin, but don't count an image out as your main backup choice! Of course, an image with a bootable rescue CD/DVD is the ultimate rescue tool. Either way, if you are going to create an image why not use a program that does include the rescue media!
Hey Dave - I reckon we are basically on the same wavelength mate.
[i:3ao2r45p][b:3ao2r45p]"In the grand scheme of things I stay away from system restore."[/b:3ao2r45p][/i:3ao2r45p]
Yes, I've heard that a lot from advanced users and I do agree in principle BUT I guarantee if you took a survey among the average (not so savvy) users you would find System Restore is, more often than not, their number one method of rescue.....and most would agree, I reckon, they would be lost without it!!
Also, System Restore was very much improved in Vista.
Anyway, my main point in the original post was O&O's non disclosure of the missing (dare I say 'essential') element.
Cheers mate....hope you and yours are enjoying a good break,
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