How do I image a hard drive?
You may ask how to image a hard drive.You will first need to get software that images a hard drive.Once you have found the right software use their instructions to receive the best results.
When you `image' a drive you are taking an exact copy of the drive as it is at that point in time.You get an exact copy unless it is corrupted and then you get nothing.It is an all or nothing situation.
You may think this is a good solution to back up your information.However, if you use your computer often, which most people do, you will lose all of the data that you created or changed since the last time you took an image.Hence, many find the image tactic not a practical solution to back up their data.
However, there are several advantages to the image tactic of backing up a hard drive.It is very simple in concept and is not very time consuming once the program has been set up correctly.You take an image of the drive instead of trying to back up specific pieces of data.You may also create the same drive multiple times if you need to set up multiple computers.
Selecting the right Imaging Software can be a little more complicated.Disk imaging software should be reliable, versatile and easy to understand, or you won't bother using it. The following features should be considered:
1. Feature Set
Ease of use
Backup / Restore Process
Help / Support
The most popular use of imaging is for large corporations that support numerous machines that need to be built frequently and identically.The IT Department can build one computer to the exact specifications needed and then take an image of the hard drive.They can now make you and all of the other employees exact copies of the drive needed to do your work.When working with large numbers of computers, it would surprise you how many times a drive crashes or needs to be rebuilt.The imaging software quickly becomes a great asset.