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Active@ Disk Image 9.1.4

A quick and easy way to create image-based backups

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 25 April 2019
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Developer: LSoft Technologies
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Active@ Disk Image
A quick and easy way to create image-based backups

Active@ Disk Image is a straightforward backup tool which will quickly create an image of your specified hard drive.

The program is extremely easy to use. Open it and you'll immediately see a set of shortcuts, with sensibly chosen names, highlighting all the main functions. So "Disk to Image" is plainly what you'll choose to run a backup; "Image to Disk" will restore an older backup; and options like "Copy Disk to Disk", "Create Boot Disk", "Schedule Task" and so on are all equally obvious.

This doesn't mean Active@ Disk Image is lacking in features, though. As well as creating a complete image of your hard drive, for instance, it can also create incremental images, saving only new or changed files. Your backups can be compressed, password-protected, or split into fixed-sized chunks for copying to disc. And a comprehensive scheduler allows you to run your backup jobs on startup, logon, daily, weekly, monthly and more.

The program does have one or two annoying omissions. If you've gone through the process of setting up all these options for one backup job, say, you might want to create another that's just a little different (maybe to create a backup of another drive). But there's no "clone" option, no means to copy an existing backup job to speed up the process of creating another, and so you're forced to start from the beginning.

Once everything is set up, though, that really isn't a problem, and overall Active@ Disk Image delivers where it matters: it's a fast, easy to use and configurable way to protect your data from disaster.

Please note, this version doesn't come with a bootable CD image, and so you'll be able to test the backup side of the program, and recover individual files from an image, but if your PC can no longer boot then you won't be able to restore a full backup. If this is a problem then a version with a bootable recovery disc image is also available, and you'll find it on the developer's site.

Version 9.1.4 brings (see full changelog for more):

- Added support for raw images in VirtualDisk
- Added support for ReFS in Explorer
- Minor user interface improvements
- Fixed bug preventing proper display of exFAT partitions in Explorer
- Fixed raw images compression in Disk Image and VirtualDisk
- Professional version: the latest Active@ Boot Disk and Boot Disk Creator improved

Verdict:

An easy-to-use way to create image backups of your hard drive

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

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May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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