Windows drive imaging tool

runs on Windows
screenshot of DriveImage XML

Sometimes the best backup is an image of a partition or an entire drive. Whether you're doing a periodic backup of your system, or you're making a copy to clone a drive, you want to grab everything.

DriveImage XML may be the tool for you. Taking advantage of Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS) technology, you can create images of volumes that are even currently in use. That's going to save you a lot of time, since you don't have to walk away from your machine while it's being backed up.

As its name implies, DriveImage XML saves your data in XML files, so you aren't stuck with some obscure proprietary file format. Browse your images, extract individual files, and more. You can even schedule automatic backups with Task Scheduler to further automate the process.

DriveImage XML Private Edition is free for private home use. It's a Windows app and runs under Windows 2003, XP, and Vista, and is compatible with FAT and NTFS file systems.

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2 Responses to “Windows drive imaging tool”

  1. Matt says:

    DriveImage XML is great. It will often work even when other Image tools fail.

  2. Mechanic says:

    I tried DriveImage XML on Windows Vista.
    When trying to make an image backup DriveImage wanted me to sut off the User Account control, restart the computer and after finishing the backup, switch it on and restart the computer again. Rediculous of coarse.
    Tried to contact the makers, but the don’t give support.

    Followed teir instructions and guess what: it took about 15 hours for a job Acronis True Image and Macrium Reflect do in about one hour.

    Macrium Reflect is availble as a free version, doing only image backups. The payed version (€ 29,99, excl. VAT) also does file and folder backups. It is difficult to find.
    Follow this link: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp