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Image for Windows is an affordable and reliable drive image backup and restore software package that is used for backing up all of your hard drive data to other media or external drives (such as eSATA, USB or 1394) and allows you to easily perform a bare-metal restore for efficient disaster recovery. It can also be used for disk to disk cloning and includes scheduling, encryption.
It even includes three other excellent tools; Image for DOS, Image for Linux, and the TeraByte OS Deployment Tool Suite. In particular the OS Deployment Tool can be used to script your image deployment to support different hardware (hardware independent restore).
Works on Windows Server. Works on all versions I have owned (xp, 7, 8, server 2003). Does incremental backups. Lets you browse your images and restore individual files.
Lots of features I don't understand
This program has saved my but big time twice. I had my RAID on my server fail and was able to restore an image and in a couple hours was up and running again. I had another occasion where a database got corrupted and I was able to just restore the database from the previous days image. I like the incremental backup feature and have it run every night. Periodically I make new master image. I have used this a bunch to switch HDD. I also like to use this before installing any app so that if it buggers up my computer, I can 100% for sure wipe it off my computer and get back to previous.
Been using and loving this product for years on my Window's XP machines. Unfortunately.....
This program is a bust with Windows 7. Keyboard locks up when trying to select a USB location to restore from. Tried on two different W7 machines, different keyboards, different ports. Tried their "knowledge" base suggestions but with no success. They better fix this bug soon or they'll be losing customers real fast.
5 Stars for Win XP; 0 Stars for Win 7 I want to continue using this once great product but I won't recommend it if they can't get this big bug resolved.
Updated on Apr 1, 2013
Okay, so after finally getting the Image for Linux to work, instead of the Image for DOS I'm so used to, I did get farther into the restore options. I was even able to start the restore process and all was looking VERY happy.... until the end of the restore: Something like "Can't resize volume. check file..." What I was trying to do is restore this image onto a smaller hard drive; never a problem with Win XP using IFW. Meanwhile, a very short reply from someone named David telling me to go to the knowledge base for USB issues. Had he read my first email, he would have known I've already been there. So customer service is lacking.
Anyway, in a nutshell, if you have Windows XP or older, you'll LOVE this program. If you have Windows 7 or newer, don't bother.
Fast, easy to understand, and reliable. With full compression images are quite small. Very cheap as well. Highly recommended for backing up your system. Data should really be backed up the traditional way.
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Excellent program - been using it on and off for two years without a problem. I use it only for quick backup of an operating system, not for backup of data. A freshly installed and activated Windows XP with all updates applied and application software installed can be compressed to under 4GB and will thus fit on a DVD. Restoring the OS takes just a few minutes. I use the boot CD to do all imaging and restoring.
Image for Windows has improved greatly over the last 5 years. There used to be issues with byte for byte verification and restoration of image files. I had to resort to using TBI View to tediouslly restore files. No more.
Phylock can take a long time and fail periodically. With Windows 7, however, I have not had nearly so many problems as with XP. I have both the Home and Professional Editions on two PC's in 64 bit.
The last several backups I have done with Image for Windows V2 have worked superbly. I have restored corrupted files with very few problems when necessary. I still back up my photos, videos, music, and slide shows on DVD's just to be sure I never lose them. But I think that makes sense. No program is foolproof. I still have to reload program files from disks or redownload them from their original sites, but that is not the fault of IFW. I just make sure I have all my key codes and passwords handy for that purpose. I have been using either Mac or PC's for over 20 years and it is getting tougher and tougher to reinstall programs. However, I lost my latest information on IFW and had to rely on 2007 key codes and an old e-mail address and was still able to reinstall IFW without any problems. Terabyte Unlimited has always been a company which is easy to work with. They keep their software up to date and functioning smoothly. Every new version is an improvement over the last one. You can use this program with DOS, Linux, Windows, and make a boot disk as well. I don't use Linux anymore, but it I did I would use Image for Linux in a minute. There are a lot of backup programs out there, but I have found them to be lacking compared to Terabyte Unlimited products. I don't like to use online backups. I don't trust having my information where someone can hack into it. Maybe that sounds paranoid, but I want my stuff kept as private as possible. Image for Windows allows me to back up to DVD, Bluray, or to an internal or external hard drive. I am not a professional, but I would like to be able to make a mirror image of my entire drive and also each separate partition OS and all. I don't know if that is possible with this program or not. I have been building my own PC's for the last three years, and have built them for other people as well. I am the type of person that learns by doing and not by the book. I have to refer to manuals for specifics, but the real techie stuff still eludes me. I suppose I could take a few courses on programming, but I would rather spend my time doing other things than going to school. If I were younger I probably do it, but I am retired now. I used to run a printing and publishing business; that is when I got into desktop publishing. If I were in college now I would pursue a degree in computer technology and probably go for a masters degree. But then I would probably be writing programs lilke Image for Windows instead of relying on them anyway. IFW is good enough for me even though I think I could master computer technology and eventually write my own programs. I keep myself busy doing the things I always wanted to do, lilke watercolor painting and playing the piano. I'll leave the other things to the experts.
Owned product for about 1 year. Did not have the need to restore an image until recently. It worked perfectly. Easy of use, restored back up image to a new HD. Boot off a CD, restore backup through a USB drive that is connected to an external HD.
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if you changed any local application or Window password since your last backup, make sure you remember them. A complete HD restore will reset them to the time you did the backup.
It images a dual boot XP - OpenSuse 11.3 system using the boot CD with setting 2 parameters - Backup unused sectors & Ignore I/O errors. It captures both Mbr's on the hard drive and upon restore computer boots up as if it was original build media.
The interface is menu driven and has to use keyboard to move around (No Mouse Functions) in the program which is not big deal. This is the first paid program that images a dual boot computer and restore as if it was the original build.
This is the program that everyone should have if they have a dual boot computer. No others that I have seen on the market works as well as Image For Windows. There is also a version of this program for DOS and Linux and does not have to be installed in windows but works off a easy build boot CD. Images made on either version can be use between all versions of this software.
I like nothing about this product. Instructions and programs were techy and confusing to me.
The instructions were unusable for me - lots of geek words that can have several meanings. Tech support was essentially useless to me - I would email them and ask for detailed instructions about how to accomplish something, and in return I would get a reply of one or two short sentences from "David" that did not hellp me at all. All I wanted to accomplish was to completely clone/image my primary hard drive so that if it crashed I could run the image onto a new blank drive. All I succeeded in doing was completely wiping out my primary drive, and making it useless - it would not then permit me to reload the original system recovery disc onto it! Lost everything. I threw IFW away - I myself would not touch it again. (My brother went with TR 7 Pro imaging software, and loves it.) A.
The program has an incredible array of features. 99% I don't understand. But I do understand to click "enter" a bunch of times and use the default settings. And guess what, I get perfect images every time. I have used it on WinXP, Win7, Win10, and Win server 2003.
I'm sorry that the program did not work for you. I find it to be an excellent program for my needs. However, I have over 35 years of computer experience starting in 1974 with mid-range systems then building the first hobby micro-computer kits in 1975.
f there is one fault that companies continually make is they fail to produce documentation that addresses the needs of all users from first-timers to very experienced users. This must be fixed if they expect users who need more help to keep holding on to their products or else they will buy from competitors who do meet their needs.