Questions about Drive Snapshot

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  1. zorro51

    zorro51 Registered Member

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    Hello everybody

    In first, excuse me sincerely for my poor english...

    I have several questions about the software Drive Snapshot.

    This software is great, because small, standalone, and effective...

    But it seem this not work with Windows Seven.

    Indeed, when I run it in Windows Seven, he says it can not exclude files PAGEFILE.SYS HIBERFIL.SYS from my backup...

    I have not tried to restore the image created (I use usually VistaPE for restoration, because DOS seems a little too complex for me), but I think that backup does not work ...

    short you know exactly when will a version compatible with 64-bit Windows Seven?

    Other question : Is it possible to create a backup of both partitions into one image (containing the partition of Seven, and the small recovery partition ...) without using the DOS mode?

    And finally, last question: is it possible, in use Drive Snapshot, to restore an image on to a new hard drive completely blank, but smaller capacity than the original hard drive?

    Thank you
     
  2. n8chavez

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    I am unsure if Drive Snapshot functions on Windows 7. It is not listed on the site of acceptable Operating Systems.

    Try creating an image again in an account that has administrative rights. It should not matter, but it might work.

    If I were you I'd put Drive Snapshot and my images on a DVD which also includes The Ultimate Boot Disc for Windows. That bootable utility has plenty of useful applications that can take care of partitioning a harddrive. It is a GUI driven disk so there should be no problem there; the Drive Snapshot exe will work the same there as it does normally

    Drive Snapshot does support 64-but but I am unaware as to whether or not it currently supports Windows 7.
     
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    Unfortunately, I can not create an Ultimate Boot Disc for Windows, in the sense that I have just a Vista license 64 (and no XP license) ... This allows me to create a VistaPE ...

    But with VistaPE, Drive Snapshot work fine...

    By cons Drive Snapshot takes well over the 64-bit OS, because I was using it recently on a Vista 64

    The only big worry : I'm not sure that Drive Snapshot is capable to restore a backup on a partition smaller than the original partition ... ?:rolleyes:

    Hoping to have a compatible version of Seven in not too long ...
     
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    Little up
     
  5. Brian K

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    DS can image/restore Win7. To the same size or a larger partition.

    I used an 8 GB Win7 partition. I tried restoring the image to a 7.5 GB partition and DS couldn't do it.
     
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    I do not know if the same can be said for any imaging program though. I do know that there is a partition program that is a part of the UBD for Windows. That would solve that issue.
     
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    Yes, it is true that we can always restore the image, then resize the partition with GParted or another tool ...

    But the last time I wanted to restore an image created with Drive Snapshot on a hard drive completely blank, nine ... But it did not work!
    Why? Perhaps because the partition was not restored with the status "active" ?

    What is the best imaging program : fast, reliable, compatible with 64 bits OS ?
     
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  8. Brian K

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    Depends on who you ask. I like the TeraByte imaging products. Compatible with Win7. 64 bit OS. Unattended restores. They will let you restore to a smaller partition, depending on the data spread in the partition. For example, say you have a 10 GB partition with 3 GB of data, spread over the first 4 GB of the partition. The TeraByte products will allow you to restore that image to a 4 GB partition. Drive Snapshot and some other apps will need a 10 GB partition for the restore.
     
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    I know a few products Terabyte ...

    But tell you Terabyte Image for DOS or Image for Windows?

    In fact I personally have always preferred the imaging tools, but do not install: then either as LiveCD or as Drive Snapshot: stand alone
     
  10. Brian K

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    Yes, IFW, IFD, IFL.

    IFD and IFL can be used from the disks. Completely outside of Windows.
     
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    The trouble with asking this question is that each individual weights the value of properties of a product differently. IFW is an excellent product with many good properties, but I consider the format of its images a negative. Any of the products that produce a virtual drive image has an advantage over IFW in my personal weighting. IFW offers only a crude ability to access or restore files from an image. By contrast, any software can be used with a virtual drive image. So, for example, you can run a disk utilization mapper on two images to quickly determine what caused one of the images to be inordinately larger than the other. This kind of flexibility counts for a lot in my book.
     
  12. Brian K

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    layman,

    TeraByte says it is on the "To Do" list.
     
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    DRIVESNAPSHOT IS KING! :thumb: :thumb:
     
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    As helpful as that comment is, it doesn't say much. As we all know, all hardware will eventually fail. That being the case, it's important to chose an imaging application that will be able to handle the inevitable hardware changes. Can Drive Snapshot do this? I know it'll need disk drivers, loaded after the image is restored. But other than that I'm not sure of its capabilities here.
     
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