- Drive C: for operating systems and programs
- Drive D: for documents, e.g. photos, Office documents, music, etc.
This makes it easier to image data using data imaging products such as O&O DiskImage.
The huge advantage with an Image is that it takes up much less space than a copy of your data. Using special algorithms, it is also able to recognize and save just the changes made since the previous image – so-called follow-up images. This way you can easily manage your Images and when disaster strikes, simply restore your lost data with a few mouse clicks.
- Note: Data saved on your Desktop are normally on drive C:\, the system partition. Please be aware that you are unable to restore a system partition with O&O DiskImage Express. If you wish to image data from the Desktop with O&O DiskImage Express, please move the data to another partition, e.g. your data partition.
- Note on the shortcut symbol: The arrow symbol indicates a shortcut, meaning the data itself is not stored at this location, rather the symbol acts as a “link” to the data. In the context menu you can see where the content of the folder is stored, e.g F:\Fotos.
If you delete the symbol, you only erase the shortcut to the data, and not the data itself.
- You should image an intact system
- We recommend regular imaging (once a month minimum). The more regular you carry this out, the more up-to-date the data is contained within those images
- System drive (Windows), mostly Drive C:
- All remaining data drives where private and business data, e.g. customer data, photo collections or music is stored.
- Not on the same hard disk where the imaged drive is located
- Ideally on an external hard disk
- For restoring the system partition.
- When your operating system will no longer start.
- You must create an image file(s) and save it to your hard disk before you can write it to CD/DVD
- When creating the image, you should restrict the image file size to the size of the intended removable medium where it will be saved, under Image Options/Image Properties/Split
- Should the image exceed the chosen maximum file size, it will be split into several image files
- You can then write the image files to CD/DVD
- Simply click on Tools on the start page, then on Write Image File(s) to CD/DVD and follow the instructions
- If you already have an Image saved to your hard disk that is too big for the removable storage medium, then you can of course still split the image file.
- Under Tools, open up Convert Image File
- Select the Image you wish to change by using Add
- Then select Split and enter the required maximum file size of the individual parts
- During conversion, one copy of the Image is made, whilst the original remains unchanged
- restore this Image
- display drives from the Image
- use the Image as a Base Image for Incremental Imaging purposes
- merge Incremental Images
- convert the Image file
Before you go ahead with any of the above named steps, we strongly advise you to save all parts of the Image in a folder on your hard disk. Please ensure the folder is not on the drive to where you wish to restore the Image. Once you have done this you can complete the steps outlined above by simply following the instructions under the respective chapters in the User’s Guide.
Note: To maintain the maximum available working memory buffer, please close all applications before and during the procedure, for example defragmentation or copy processes.
Important: Should you go over the available working memory, the current changes will be written direct to the source drive. This makes the image inconsistent and may render it unusable. In such cases you should load the image after the procedure is finished and check it for errors.
- Under Tools select Convert Image File.
- Select the image using Add and then select the drive you wish to separately image.
- After confirming, click Start.
A new image will now be created. The old image remains unaltered.