Active@ Disk Image 5.3.1 UPDATE

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by treehouse786, Oct 14, 2012.

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  1. treehouse786

    treehouse786 Registered Member

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    Changes in Version 5.3.1:
    * Generic uncompressed raw images support
    * Editing scheduled tasks
    * Pre- and post-execution commands for scheduled tasks
    * Changed: Partitions are now created aligned to 4K boundary for improved performance on SSD disks
    * Fixed: DIM crashes when creating a RAW image of not initialized disk
    * Boot Disk – also contains all latest improvements:
    – Driver’s Packs for Medis Storages/USB/Networks
    – Updated browser and other utilities

    http://www.disk-image.net/
     
  2. Narxis

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    Thanks. Favourite disk image/backup software.
     
  3. Jim1cor13

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    Thank you for the info tree :) I would like to try this, and I downloaded the full installer and bootdisk. I assume I would install as Pro, although I do not need the Pro version. After 21 days, if I like it, and bought Standard, must the trial be uninstalled or will it offer whatever features are in the purchased version?

    I have read before that you guys really liked Active@disk image. Is speed of imaging pretty fast? I'm used to the speed of IFL as comparison. It sounds like it has a pretty good record for reliability. Good to find solid imaging apps.

    I like the layout and the features, but do not need the pro features.
    Thanks again for any adivce. :)
     
  4. twl845

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    Thanks for the heads up! Up date installed successfully. :cool:
     
  5. zfactor

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    with version 5 it was based on the key you entered. if you entered a standard lic key certain features just did not work and said you need a pro lic for those. i assume this version is the same way
     
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    IFW/IFL's speed is quite fast
    If you have IFW/IFL already, I do not think you need Active@ Disk Image.

    Active@ Disk Image has a Starter version, which is the cheapest, and the less features. But if the features in Starter version meet your requirement, then you can save money.

    Comparsion chart
    http://www.disk-image.net/features.htm
     
  7. treehouse786

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    @Jim1cor13
    as zfactor said, in previous versions it all depended on the key you entered as to what features were enabled and am pretty certain it's the same with this version.
     
  8. treehouse786

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    there is more to imaging programs then just speed. the reason i use Active@ for my imaging needs is because it has the best boot disk in the business, not to mention the easy to use interface :thumb:
     
  9. andylau

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    WinPE bootdisk is very easy to create.
    As for IFW, it just need two files, users can boot from their Win Vista/7/8 DVD and locate the path of IFW.
    If you do not know how to do that, you can still use IFL or IFD.

    In my memory, there are some IFW users use Active@ bootdisk builder to add IFW's files to the bootdisk.
     
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  10. Jim1cor13

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    Thank you guys for the input and advice, zfactor, Andy, Tree, very much appreciated :)

    Indeed, after 8 months of regularly using IFL, BIBM, etc., they are top notch well focused flexible utilities, and hard to beat their performance. I do like the interface and track record also of Active@, at least what I have read from tree and others and I respect all your opinions. I have downloaded the full package, I may try it soon and will post accordingly.

    Thanks again for taking the time to respond. At least I know what to expect as far as licensing, etc., and Lsoft sounds like they are easy to deal with also.

    Some food for thought and you guys had good points :) Have a good day!
     
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    Thank you for the kind words. I have PM'd you a modest discount code should you decide to purchase any Active@ product
     
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    Thank you very much tree :) That was very kind of you. Have a great day my friend.

    Jim
     
  13. The Red Moon

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    There are plenty of free options out there so i see no reason to be paying for imaging software.
    I use the windows built-in imaging and it does a fine job of restoring images.
    I will not pay for this when windows is free.:thumb:
     
  14. treehouse786

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    you see no reason but alot of us do as pointed out by Brian in this brilliant post of his

    @Jim
    Your welcome, you have a great day too
     
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    ifw is my main choice and what i normally install on my own systems but i also own lic's to active @ and its my CLOSE second choice. a few updated back i had a few issues with the restore of a backup so i stopped using it for a short while but it seems to be fine now as i tested this version out today.
     
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    Just one correction to Brian's last point in that post; image verification is available in W7's image-backup. But I found his other points put W7's image-backup at a substantial disadvantage compared to alternative solutions.

    TS

    PS. When I tried the prior build of Active@ DI, I found it much slower backing-up than IFW under the exact same conditions!
     
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  17. Brian K

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    TS,

    You will have to help me. I can't find that option.
     
  18. Jim1cor13

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    Thank you for your thoughts zfactor :) I bought the entire Terabyte suite in Feb. of this year and use IFL 99% of the time for my imaging needs. I have used Keriver Image which is very solid, but much slower than IFW/IFL but that is ok as it too is very reliable solution. I have been imaging for many years and there are a few products that do a really good job at it.

    Active@ appeals to me for all the reasons given, excellent bootCD, etc., and the fact it is not bloatware. I like lean to the point and focused software that gets the job done without demanding a lot of drive space, whether it is an imaging solution or an anti-virus solution, etc. One of the main reasons I was sold on Terabyte products because of their small size and effective performance. Active@ appears to offer what I like in regards to imaging and I think according to what you and tree and others have stated about it, it would be a good companion imaging solution to own.

    @Shadow Thank you for your comments also :) Indeed, sometimes applications hiccup and miss the mark, even with IFL it has had a hiccup or two, but mostly my fault at the time, but overall extremely reliable. Some very good points brought up in this thread and very much appreciated that you have all taken the time to point out both strengths and weaknesses of Active@ along with a few others. Brian also has been very helpful in our discussions about Terabyte products over time, and helped me understand them better. Thanks Brian ;)

    I am looking forward to trying Active@ and will offer my thoughts once I give it a shot. Thanks again Tree for starting this thread and to all of you for your comments. I apologize for any comments off topic, but it all kind of fits together in our discussion and offers some good reference points to consider.

    Jim
     
  19. Robin A.

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    Good news. Could you explain how is the image verified?
     
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    If this "discount offer" is still valid treehouse, would you be kind enough to PM me a discount code for Active Standard version? I'm ready to join the "family"...:)
     
  21. Brian K

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    Brian/Robin,

    After revisiting W7's image-backup I find I mispoke about verification - I was sure I saw it, but now I can't find it to save myself. :oops:

    Brian, fwiw it has a scheduler. It appears on the settings panel right after clicking on Control Panel > Backup Your Computer, where one can schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups.

    However, I still believe there are much better alternatives!

    TS
     
  24. Brian K

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    TS,

    Thanks, I missed seeing that.
     
  25. Frank648

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    I'm using Active@ products and have no probs what so ever.
    However, I only work with boot disks for backup/restore etc.

    Maybe I do misunderstand something - using EasyBCD
    What good is it, if your partition or HDD fails?
    Thats when you cry for a boot disk, so why not use it at all times?
    (ok, there is that speed and comfort component, but rely on EasyBCD?)
     
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