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The Disk Image plug-in allows creating and restoring snapshots of hard drives and individual partitions. It supports “live” disk imaging, i.e. allows performing the backup without stopping Windows.
Snapshots can be restored only to a “cold” hard drive that has no software running on it. If you want to restore a system partition, it is recommended to boot from a recovery USB drive. See Disaster Recovery Module for more details.
The plug-in requires you to have Volume Shadow Copy Service running on your system.
To use the Disk Image plug-in, Workstation must run from a user account with administrator privileges.
The file system provided by the plug-in is organized as follows:
Files and folders in the plug-in’s file system don’t have any attributes, which means that when compared to other files and folders, they will be always considered as different. Incremental backup will always copy the entire set of data; if you want to optimize usage of disk space, use differential backup.
As a result of backup, you will have binary snapshots of the objects you selected. At present, these images cannot be mounted or browsed (you can only restore them completely).
The Disk Image plug-in can only be used as a source of data for backup tasks. To learn more, please refer to Specify Backup Set.
To add an image to backup set, follow these steps:
Note: The full drive image file (located in the Physical drive folder) is used to access all HDD data, i.e. it also includes all objects from the Partitions folder. When adding data to backup, make sure you don’t do double selection.
When restoring a disk image backup, target drive must be a “cold” media, i.e. have no applications working with it. When you run a restore task, the plug-in firstly locks the drive, then performs the copying, and then unlocks it.
To restore a disk image, follow these steps:
If you want to restore a snapshot to a different drive, follow these steps:
Note: By restoring a snapshot to a different place, you can effectively clone your HDD.
After verifying paths of restoration, you need to select type of restoration, enter decryption password (optional), and name the task. These steps are not specific to the Disk Image plug-in. To learn more, please see Restore Task.
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