Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Drive Image 2.0

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Drive Image 2.0

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PowerQuest http://www.powerquest.com

PowerQuest's Drive Image is a powerful system backup and recovery tool. It can archive files for recovery purposes by making a complete backup of your hard drive onto a Zip, JAZ, or almost any removable media drive. Drive Image can be used to perform disk cloning to replicate files when upgrading to a new hard drive, or create duplicates of a standard workstation configuration. Drive Image takes an image of one or more partitions from a hard drive and stores it to another local drive partition, network, or removable drive. It provides a faster and much improved method for moving data.

Drive Image is a DOS application that supports a variety of common operating systems and file systems including FAT, FAT 32, and NT File System, yet it has a user-friendly graphical interface and offers a step-by-step wizard to simplify the process. PowerQuest claims on its Web site, "Now, restoring your hard drive is as easy as blowing it up." In reality, information systems (IS) professionals should have no difficulty utilizing Drive Image, but for the home or novice user, the users guide and accompanying instructions omit many of the underlying assumptions needed to successfully use the product. The user must have a complete understanding of hard disks, including how data is stored and retrieved, how a disk is formatted, and the various file systems and partition types.

Drive Image was tested on Windows NT 4.0. The objective was to create an image file on a secondary hard drive. The loading of Drive Image was very simple. The install program created bootable floppy disks since the program cannot be run from the hard drive in Windows NT 4.0.

The graphical interface wizard clearly guided the user step-by-step through the image creation process. The "Create Image" wizard aided in choosing the drives or partitions to copy, the destination of the image copy, the compression levels, and error-checking features. There were additional user-friendly wizards available to "Restore the Image" and perform "Disk to Disk" copy, used to copy the partitions from one hard drive to another within the same computer. …

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