Image for Windows/DOS Reliability

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TheKid7, Nov 5, 2008.

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I am working on trying Image for Windows. I have not installed it yet but I did make an image of one of my hard drives with Image for DOS last night but I have not yet restored it. It is my understanding that Image for Windows and Image for DOS are very reliable. What has been your experiences with these two programs? Reliability?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Brian K

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    TheKid7,

    I've never used any image/restore app that failed to create or restore an image. So in my experience they are all reliable. Others have different experiences.

    I love the TeraByte products. They can be used in simple or complex ways. But the choice of a backup app depends on what you like best.
     
  3. sukarof

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    I did use Image for win and image for DOS before my current image software and my experience was that it was very reliable.
    I made many successful images and restores with it. Never failed me the time I used it.
     
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    Since I began using IFD, it has been perfect for me. Zero bad images. :)
     
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    never fail me, i use it allot 5 to 6 times at day i restore image never fail one
     
  6. osip

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    Apart from FDISR I use IFD as my main image sw...I find it perfect, fast with good compression...(Also fond of DS, but tend to use IFD more often...)
     
  7. Cloudcroft

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    I've never had a problem with IFW/IFD, it's been 100% reliable. It's saved me from numerous headaches!
     
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    Curious as to what level your computer knowledge is. Mine is not very high would I still be a candidate for IFW/IFD or would I be better off with another simpler backup program? I would appreciate your replies and would thank you in advance.

    John
     
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    If I can use IFW/IFD, anyone can. There's a good user's manual that you can download, and several people on these forums are very helpful if you have questions.
     
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    @jpcummins: John: that q has been asked many times :)
    There is strong support here for Storagecraft as an imager
    http://www.storagecraft.com/products/ShadowProtectDesktop/
    Free trial.

    I am like you: enough knowledge to want to be careful ;)
    The Terabyte tools also have strong support here as you see :)
    If you are prepared to spend a couple of hours with BootItNg and IFW IFD free trials and the manuals/kb at terabyte you will without doubt become very expert v.quickly.
    Your expertise with partitioning, understanding of HDs and the MBR will balloon.
    What can be done with BING and IFW/IFD is remarkable; some of the best tools anywhere at any price I can assure you.
    IFW on its own is amazing. Simple, almost bulletproof.
    BING will boost your experience.
    I often sound like a broken record spruiking Terabyte but for good reason.
    As for level of knowledge/experience: if I can do it.....:D

    A bonus for both Storagecraft and Terabyte is integration with VMWare.

    for Terabyte apps There is an added bonus of a very high level of advice available here ( BrianK is a guru for one) and at Terabyte's newsgroups.

    You will find that one of the most frightening computer experiences you can have is your first restore..lol...we've all been there.
    Once you've done it: you're set
    Terabyte
    VMWare
    Linux
    Multibooting ....

    PS: what Cloucroft said :thumb:
     
  11. Brian K

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    John,

    IFW, IFD are among the easiest backup apps to use. 5 clicks to do an IFW backup.

    They do have the options to make things very complex but you don't have to know about that if you don't want to.
     
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    Will Bing or WinImage support RAID 0 System partitions?
     
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    TheKid7,

    I should have mentioned that IFD/IFW comes with IFL. You don't need to know anything about Linux to use the CD. IFL is the easiest app, by far, to create or restore images across a network. No setting up IP addresses or configuring settings. Just boot from the CD. The technique can be learned in one minute.

    IFD/IFW/IFL all create and restore the same image files. They can be used interchangeably.
     
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    Stellar reviews!

    I can see that both DS (which is my pers fav) and IFD are both in a class to themselves and carry an undeniable umbiguous recognition of 100% perfect reliability each and every time.

    EASTER
     
  18. osip

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    I roger that...I have DS on BartpE but find the IFD rescue disk quicker and after you get used to it very convinient in all aspects...So, both are full proof and just a matter of taste...Splendid products and no need for massive competitive alternatives...
     
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    I also use DS with BartPE. I like it a lot. Speed isn't evverything. With PE I can store other data on the disc than images. Also, with it I now have an environment that I can use to change out data, copy data to USB, etc. That cannot be done with IFW. So, IFW/IFD may be faster but there many are other things to consider.

    Both a very good products though.
     
  20. HAN

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    You could try TBIView for IFW/IFD. http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads-image-for-windows.htm#addon It looks similar to Windows Explorer and will allow you to "open, browse, and extract files or folders from TeraByte Unlimited image files that are based on a EXT2/3, FAT, FAT32 or NTFS partition."
     
  21. n8chavez

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    I was refering to a PE versus IFW/IFD. Yes TBIView is good. But it only opens image files. PE allows the user access to the entire drive. TBIView needs windows to function. PE can be placed on a bootable disc and does not require windows.
     
  22. Brian K

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    Nate,

    I'm not sure what you mean by this. Both DS and IFW can run in BartPE as single files. No installation is needed. What can DS do in BartPE that IFW can't?

    TBIView works from BartPE.
     
  23. n8chavez

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    The argument here was that IFD is 'better' because it is quicker. What I'm saying is that using a PE might be slower but there are advantages. I'm comparing the restore methods not the backup software.
     
  24. Brian K

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    They are both good apps. BartPE or other PEs are very useful for restores. Running DS in a PE is a lot easier than running it in DOS and Markymoo's app is easier again. I like using DS in VistaPE as the PE boots in half the time that BartPE takes and it has the "Windows Explorer" function too.

    I misunderstood your statement. I though you meant IFW didn't run in a PE as easily as DS.
     
  25. osip

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    Yes, that´s right...as Brian pointed out, if you have DS on BartPe, you can also have IFW plugin with or without as aut. startup...Then both are in the options...With IFW you also have IFD and then it´s just your choice, bartpe or IFD rescue...I´ve tried most of image sw:s and this is my final solution.
     
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