Archive for July, 2007
We have been testing making drive images made with Self Image and found that you have to make sure that you created an entire drive image when creating an image.
If you make an image of a partition then it is likely that you won’t be able to get all the parameters exactly the same on the new partition. If you have an image of the entire drive then you will restore the all of the partitions and boot settings etc. Much easier as long as your target drive is bigger than the drive that was backed up.
I needed to find some decent backup utilities for the office. We wanted to have a program that would perform a daily backup and FTP the files off site. The other necessecity is to be able to backup and restore the entire machine quickly.
Cobian backup met the criteria for backing up the files on a regular basis. It is able to perform diff backups, compress the output, and send the results to a remote FTP location. It will even deletes older backups on the remote site so you don’t run out of disk space. Unfortunately a recent post by the developer on the Cobian site says that he will abandon his software if someone doesn’t take over the project lead.
Self Image is imaging software that is able to make a disk image of a running Windows machine. The idea here is if the hard drive fails in one of the machines this will enable us to get the machine up and running with a minimum of fuss. Finally if the machine has failed it needs a host system to restore the image. Self Image is now included on the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows.