PowerQuest Drive Image 2002

Drive imaging, the best way to back up your entire hard drive for disaster recovery, used to require rebooting to DOS. Now you can do much of the chore in Windows.

For Drive Image 2002, PowerQuest substantially over­hauled its predecessor, version 5, though the new version remains backward-compatible. New features in­-clude LAN support and a scheduler with a great new option. After scheduling an image creation, you may tell the scheduler to wait until you shut Windows down to run Drive Image. When you instruct your PC to shut down, a small program that monitors Windows then proceeds to launch Drive Image.

Best of all, Drive Image has par­titioning capabilities. This is important because the easiest place to put an image of your hard drive is onto the hard drive itself - but that requires a second partition.

This program supports CD-R, CD-RW, Iomega's Zip and Jaz discs, and other storage devices. It runs in Windows and comes with a bootable, non-Windows environment for situations where running in Windows isn't practical.

You can interact completely with Drive Image from inside Windows (version 5 offered limited Windows usability). But if you tell it to back up or restore the system partition (the one containing your Windows folder, probably your C:\ partition), the program will have to exit Windows, reboot, do the backup (or restore), and then reboot your system. For other partitions, Drive Image can do its backup and restoration from inside Windows.

In brief: PowerQuest Drive Image 2002

The best drive-imaging tool now has an improved Windows interface.

Price: $99.95.

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