Help me Decide

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  1. Serapis

    Serapis Registered Member

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    Hey guys, I'm torn at the moment between 2 tools, IFW or Drivesnapshot. Things I would like to know is which one has the:

    -higher backup speed
    -more features

    Based on this I will make a choice. On my computer there is only space for one recovery tool and would like to make up my mind on using only one. Please give input based on numbers and facts. Thanks!
     
  2. pandlouk

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    o_O Why don't you give them a side to side test and compare them yourself? o_O

    Anyway...
    Drive Snapshot is faster in full backups (20-30% faster) and even more faster in differentials.
    But Image For Windows is faster by 20-30% in validation than DS.
    So if you autovalidate your images, their speed is almost the same for the full images, but on the differentials DS is faster.
    Image for windows has more features, but you'll probably will not use most of them.

    You cannot go wrong with either of them.

    Panagiotis
     
  3. pandlouk

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    I run a test on my desktop. I took an image of my OS 17.7gb and then added 1gb of data for teastsing the differential. Below are the times needed from each program (minutes:seconds)

    Drive Snapshot
    Full backup 4:25
    Verification 4:27
    Differential 3:54

    Image For Windows
    Full backup 4:51
    Verification 2:48
    Differential 5:15

    ps. seems that this past months I benchmarked them IFW improved further. DS is 9% faster when taking a full image but IFW is 58% faster when verifying it.

    Panagiotis
     
  4. Serapis

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    Thanks Pandlouk for your input.:) I guess DS small size is very appealing and useful in more situations especially when portability is involved.
     
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    One thing to notice you,

    DS can only restore the original image(snapshot) to the same or larger size partition.

    If you want to restore to a smaller size partition, you must resize it first.


    IFW, you buy one, can get 3 for free(IFD, IFL, TBOSDT):D
     
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    And all 4 are licensed for 3 home computers.

    TBOSDT is just amazing.
     
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  7. Serapis

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    Sounds good :) I will take that into consideration.
     
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    And, Image for Windows is for less than $30.00

    Best regards,

    KOR!

    BTW, Mark mentioned in one of the threads that Drive Snapshot will be given free to Wilders' Members, but no updates. I am waiting for this to materialize, as Mark knows a whole lot about Drive Snapshot.
     
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    i e-mailed Tom @ DS and was told there's not discount for Wilders members at the moment.
     
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    Hi Moontan,

    Thanks for the information. I wasn't looking for the discount. Mark promised us a free copy without future updates. He is very influential with Tom, so I am hoping that we will be given the good news soon!

    Best regards my friend,

    Mohamed
     
  11. Aaron Here

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    As far as I'm aware, Mark was referring to his own Drive Snap program and not Drive Snaphot. ;)

    Aaron
     
  12. Serapis

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    I guess that makes sense :D the lifetime thing sounds too good to be true :eek: :D
     
  13. Aaron Here

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    Yeah, getting a free license for Drive Snapshot would in itself be a nice gift, not to mention a lifetime license! Besides which, it's extremely rare for any pay-software to come with a lifetime license... ;)

    Aaron
     
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    Where can you get IFW for under $30.00
     
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    here:
    -http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/image-for-windows/src=day/nfy=143363/-
     
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    Where this lifetime thingy came from. Must be smoking some of that Californian, or maybe the closeness to the Mehico. ;)

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
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    I see!

    LOL! I must be smoking some of the Californian thingy, as I failed to realize the difference.

    My bad!

    Best regards my friend the old geezer,

    Mohamed
     
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