All computer hard discs will eventually wear out and cause disastrous results or inconveniences to users. Thus, it is important to have a contingency plan to backup all the important and valuable data such as photos, projects reports, email, financial records, etc. Disk Imaging Software is a good solution to assist users to backup or duplicate their data without spending a lot of time. There are various good disk imaging software available in the market such as Acronis True Image, Paragon Drive Backup, Norton Ghost, etc. Most of these applications are not free and the prices generally range from $30 to $100. Anyway, if you are looking for a disk imaging software but cost is a concern to you, probably you should look at Macrium Reflect.
Macrium Reflect is an award wining disk imaging and file backup software for Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003. Now this disk imaging solution has released a Free package which allows users to download and use it for free. Macrium Reflect Free Edition features all the basic functions such as disk imaging, scheduler, XML backup definitions, network support, etc. These basic functions are reasonably sufficient to perform the basic backup task.
The summary of the features available:
• Create a disk image whilst running Windows using Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS).
• Image to Network, USB, FireWire drives and DVD.
• Built in scheduler.
• 32 bit and native 64 bit versions.
• Industry leading compression levels and speed.
• Linux based Rescue CD with Network access and full GUI. Only 6.5MB in size!
• Built in CD/DVD packet writing engine. Supports packet writing to DVD DL media with Windows Vista.
• HTML log files.
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