If a drive is at risk of failing, or there is a possibility that lost data may become overwritten (and permanently erased) then it is recommended that an image (a copy) of the drive be created. The drive image can be opened, scanned, as with a physical drive, and the data recovered.
Creating drive images on a regular basis is recommended as part of your routine system maintenance. A drive image is a powerful alternative to backup and will enable a full restore of your data in the event of data loss.
Drive images are identical “clones” of your actual drives. Routine drive imaging ensures that all data is available for recovery in situations where, for example, you experience a hard drive crash, and/or your data becomes lost/deleted.
Creating a drive image
The Wizard will guide you through the Drive Imaging Process. Launch FileRestore for Networks and select Drive Image from the FileRestore Wizard. This will open the Drive Image Screen.
Click “Create Drive Image”. Select either the complete drive or a sector range (area) of the drive that you wish to image. Click “OK” and select the location where you wish to save the image and click “Save”. FileRestore for Networks will automatically determine the amount of available free disk space on the target drive where the drive image is to be saved. If there is insufficient free disk space available, a warning popup (prior to imaging) will alert the administrator.
If a specific sector range is selected to image, the corresponding image size is shown on the “Creating Drive Image” screen. This is particularly useful if there is limited free drive space available to save the image file to. A smaller image file will also take less time to create and will also take less time to scan subsequently.
Once imaging commences, a status bar will detail the progress of the image being created. A small drive will only take a few seconds to image. A large drive may take some time.
Once the image is created, the image file can be opened and selected from the drive dropdown list. The image can be scanned as if it were an actual drive.