O&O DiskImage 10 Pro Review
O&O DiskImage 10 Pro Review
Every PC user stores on the computer a lot of different files, for example, personal photos, music collections, documents, etc. and the loss of them may at least make them unhappy and sad. So it is very important to protect those files and make backup copies of all necessary files because they allow you to restore everything in the case of the system failure or a virus attack.
There are a number of programs that help you quickly and easily create a backup of all required data and O&O DiskImage 10 Pro is one of them. It has got all the necessary functions and features to back up a specific file, entire drive and partition or the operating system.
The developers of O&O DiskImage 10 Pro has just upgraded their product to version 10 (on June 29, 2015) and added some new features and functions such as full compatibility with the new Windows 10, brand-new file-based backup, driver integration when creating or using a boot medium. Additionally, as it was claimed on the official blog, O&O DiskImage 10 Pro is now twice faster than the older version.
Download and Installation
O&O DiskImage 10 Pro, like previous version 9, comes in three different editions – Server (299 Euro), Workstation (39 Euro) and Professional (49,90 Euro). All three versions are practically identical in functions and usewith the only exception is that the Professional one lacks network functions, i.e. you cannot manage images across a network.
As before, the official and full-featured version of O&O DiskImage 10 Pro can be downloaded from O&O software website. It is available for both 32 and 64-bit versions of the Windows operating system. It is about 50 MB in size. Unfortunately, the program currently supports only three languages – German, English and French.
The trial version of the program is fully functional and has not restrictions in use and testing, but it is time-limited so you can try it only for 30 days.
The installation process of O&O DiskImage 10 Pro is straightforward and every step is performed with the help of a special Setup Wizard which helps you to go through all steps easily and effortlessly.
After accepting the terms of the license agreement, the program will offer you to select one of three setup types – Typical (only the most common features will be installed), Complete (all features of the program will be installed) and Custom (this setup type allows you to choose those features of O&O DiskImage 10 Pro for installation which are needed for you on the one hand and select the desired program location on the other hand).
That is all, after extracting files, the program will be installed according to your chosen preferences. Do not forget to restart the system for configuring all settings.
The Interface of the Program
The main interface of O&O DiskImage 10 Pro has left unchanged as compared with version 9. It is still consists of five tabs that are as follows:
Start – it is designed in the Windows metro style and includes six different tiles that are arranged in two rows and each row contains three tiles. Through this tab the program allows you to gain access to main tools and operations such as creating drive imaging, file backup or restoration, and so on.
Drive Operation – this tab is divided into three sections – Image (for starting one-click and drive imaging or creating an incremental or differential image), Restoration (for restoring previously created drive images) and Cloning (for cloning drives).
File Operation – it is divided into two sections –Image (for creating full, incremental or differential file backups) and Restoration (for restoring file backups).
Tool s– the fourth tab is divided into five sections – Image Files (it provides you with full information about created images on the one hand and allows you to validate and burn image files on the other hand), Virtual Drives (this feature of the program lets you to mount an image or ISO file as virtual drives), Convert (with the help of this section you have the possibility to convert an image file to VHD, i.e. to Virtual Hard Disk and merge several incremental images into one), Network (it helps you to initiate a connection to a network drive) and System (it contains tools for checking a drive for errors, changing computer properties, creating a bootable disk and starting a command line).
In addition it should be noted that O&O DiskImage 10 Pro can be switched to a so-called Express View and with the help of it you can perform all basic operations such as creation and restoration of an image and some others.
The Main Features of the Program
O&O DiskImage 10 Pro provides you with reliable protection from data loss and quick and easy possibilities to create images and restore the entire system. Using the program, you will do practically everything with one click of the mouse.
With O&O DiskImage 10 Pro you have the possibility to perform several backup options. The program allows you to back up the entire system or individual partitions, single files and folders or make the exact copy of the drive by cloning it.
The program uses different imaging methods while creating disk image and VHD files, namely, you can make a complete image of all sectors (i.e. forensic image), image of used sectors (i.e. used sector image) or complete image of all data including encrypted files (i.e. direct forensic image).
In addition, after creating a full image, O&O DiskImage 10 Pro provides you with opportunity to perform incremental and differential backups.
Thanks to Machine Independent Restoration technology, you are able to restore created backups even onto computers with a different hardware.
You can use some additional features of the program while creating an image file. The first of them is data compression, i.e. you can make a backup image much less. This function is of use for those who have got limited disk space. O&O DiskImage 10 Pro offers two default compression methods, namely, LZNT1 Standard (performance optimized) and BZIP2.
The second additional feature of the program is automatic splitting of the image file into smaller images. This is very useful if you want, for example, to transfer it over the Internet or burn on several CDs or DVDs. You have the possibility either to select typical size offered by the program (for example, 100 MB, 4.5 GB, 25 GB, and so on) or define the desired size manually by yourself.
The third additional feature of O&O DiskImage 10 Pro is an encryption of the created images. This feature allows you to protect backups from unauthorized access and use. The program uses advanced encryption algorithms based on AES (short for Advanced Encryption Standard) technology, i.e. AES 123, AES 192 and AES 256.
The fourth function is so-called file filters. O&O DiskImage 10 Pro offers you two file filters. The first of them allows you to exclude from the backup process, for example, temporary files and other unnecessary user data and significantly save time and disk space. All you need is to determine those file types will be ignored when creating the image using wildcards. The second filter is very familiar to the first one, but it allows you to exclude files not from the image, but from already compressed objects for their repeated compression will not give tangible results in file compression. It will only prolong the backup process and consume computer resources.
In addition, you have the possibility to apply some advanced options while creating the image, for example, ignore and skip bad sectors, lock drive while imaging and use checksums to identify unchanged data.
O&O DiskImage 10 Pro offers some additional tools that are very useful and significantly enhance program’s functionality.
Image Information – the program allows you to view thorough information about each image file and virtual hard disk file. You have the possibility to get details about imaging methods, backup types, date of creation, and so on.
Validate Image File – this tool helps you to check created images for errors.
Burn Image Files– with the help of O&O DiskImage 10 Pro, you can easily burn created images to any optical media, for example, CD, DVD or Blu-Ray disks. The program lets you burn image and ISO files, create an ISO file from the image and delete rewritable disk using quick and complete deletion method. The program supports any type of optical media, i.e. CD, DVD DL or Blu-Ray disks, etc. The process of burning images is very easy, just load the image, select CD, DVD or Blu-Ray disks according to the image size. If the image is too big, the program will divide it into several parts during the imaging process.
Mount Image and ISO file – O&O DiskImage 10 Pro allows you to mount created image files and ISO files as a virtual drive. After creating it, the image will be displayed in the Windows Explorer and you will be able to work with it just like any other folders and files. You can copy files and transfer them to another location or restore from the backup some specific objects, etc.
Convert Image Files – with this tool you can convert image files to Virtual Hard Disk format and vice versa. In addition, you have the possibility to specify imaging type (i.e. Used Sector, Forensic or Direct Forensic), compress the image using offered by the program compression methods, add encryption to it and write personal comments.
Merge Incremental Images – if you have got several incremental images and want to merge them into one, you can easily do that using this tool.
Map Network Drive – with the help of this tool you can initiate a connection to a network drive and access such services that offer online storage space.
Create Bootable Disk – the sudden crush of the system may come unexpectedly and in an instant destroy all these valuable documents which you have been collecting for years. Just for avoiding such an unpleasant accident, O&O DiskImage 10 Pro provides you with a very necessary and useful tool that will help you to repair the system and boot it.
With the help of this tool you can create a bootable CD image and burn it to the disk using Windows recovery environment, Assessment and Deployment kit, Automated installation kit or Installation media. Optionally you can add drivers. The Creation of the image needs only two steps. In the first step the program collects system information and configuration, and in the second one, it allows you to burn the created image to CD or DVD disks or write to the USB stick. If you do not want to burn CD image, you have the possibility to save it on the computer and use it later.
Extras – among extra features, it should be noted the following-Schedule (you can schedule automatic performance of backups by specifying their periodicity (for example, daily execution, one or more times a week, etc.), date and time) and Notification (O&O DiskImage 10 Pro allows you to configure email settings and send notifications for certain events, for example, in the case of successful job run, etc.)
Windows Vista – Windows 10
30 MB of free hard disk space.
What is new in O&O DiskImage 10 Pro
Fully compatible with the new Windows 10
Brand new file-based backup: now twice as fast as ever before
Trigger multiple tasks with portable devices (plug and play)
Driver integration when creating a boot medium
Driver integration when using a boot medium
O&O DiskImage 10 Pro is one of the best backup programs on the software market and it provides reliable protection from data loss.
O&O DiskImage 9 is a powerful backup program. Using it you can quickly and easily create a full system image or simply back up individual files and folders. The program has got a special scheduler which helps you to execute automatic backups at a specified time. If something goes wrong with your operating system, you can easily recover it from the created backup with just a few clicks. Additionally, it contains several useful tools which greatly enhance the program functionality.
1. You can create an image of entire drive with one click of the mouse
2. It supports different backup methods
3. You have the possibility to restore the image even onto computers with different hardware
4. Compression and encryption of images
It supports only three languages