Another year, another Rollback imaging thread I've been doing some testing using Drive Snapshot (DS) www.drivesnapshot.de as an imaging solution for Rollback systems and while the initial results were variable and didn't seem to make sense, I seem to have now found a method which works reliably (for me, at least). It would be good if anyone else with a quest for knowledge could also test this out.....but not on your important data! This is a summary of what I think I've discovered: DS cannot reliably image RB from within Windows. DS can reliably image RB from within a UBCD or BartPE environment providing the DS 'Maintenance Mode' option is selected. The maintenance mode does not do a byte for byte copy but it does successfully back up the snapshots. The restore can be done from within the UBCD/BartPE environment or from the DS DOS boot disk. On restoration of the image, all snapshots are available and fully functioning (exciting bit!). The DS differential backup facility also works as it should. Prior to restoring an image, it is essential to 'wipe' the partition or else RB will find previous data and get confused. I found that just deleting the partition with Acronis Disk Director was not adequate. You have to select the option to wipe the partition. One pass is enough. In testing with RB8, I found that the saving of a snapshot using the built-in option did just that. But you only got that one snapshot and had to re-install RB on recovering from the image. So, to successfully image and restore a RB installation together with all snapshots using Drive Snapshot, I do the following: 1) Boot up using UBCD or BartPE. 2) Save an image (or differential) of the system making sure that the Maintenance Mode option is checked. 3) To recover, wipe the partition information using your favourite partitioning software (just deleting is not good enough) 4) Either run DS from DOS (if you don't mind a simple command line) or from UBCD/BartPE. If you do this from DOS then restore the main image file first and then the differential if you have one. 5) Reboot and feel smug when it all comes up as it should The partitioning bit was where I was getting odd issues. The RB data was obviously surviving the deletion of the partition and so was confusing things. I even found it necessary to do this when re-installing a RB image saved from within RB8. The first time I restored a RB8 produced image without wiping the partition, it showed 5 snapshots but messed up when trying to roll back to them. Once the partition was wiped, it successfully restored with just the one saved snapshot. I don't understand why this hasn't shown up as an issue before unless I am misinterpreting what is going on. The images take longer to save with the maintenance mode selected but I'm not bothered how long it takes if it works! To give some idea of storage requirements, my test setup was a 15GB C partition with 2.7GB used. An image taken before RB installation is 1GB. An image taken using 'Maintenance Mode' after the RB install and with a few basic snapshots is 1.3GB A differential taken on the same basis after installing some software is 73MB. The OS is XP Pro. The Drive Snapshot release is V1.38 dated 4th April 2007 and I have tested this on RB7 and RB8.