Using Drive Image

Drive Image is the other popular program, and it is pretty simple to use. First, it is installed in a Windows environment, and if you click on the shortcut in your Programs Menu, it will tell you it has to be run in DOS and take you there. Once in DOS, it will provide you with a loading screen, followed by a very simple first screen.

The first screen lets you choose to Create Image, Restore Image, PowerCast (copy via LPT or peer to peer LAN) or copy to another Drive. I’m going to choose Create Image.

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The next screen allows you to choose the hard drive you are imaging.

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Of course, we need to select the partition we intend to image.

And name the image …

Choose how much compression we want…

And by clicking Finish, we can make the image.

Of course, if you want to split the file for burning onto CD, you use the Advanced Options.

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That’s it! You’ve made your image. To restore, you have two options.


  1. Follow the same startup (if you can get into Windows), and restore the appropriate image to the correct location.
  2. Boot from the Drive Image Emergency Disk and restore that way (this will not normally give you access to your CD unless the disk has been modified). If you need CD access, you can also boot from the Win98 EBD, switch in the Drive Image disk, and type “PQDI”. Drive Image will load, and you are on your way.

I have tried to touch on the basics of the two programs. They are both powerful programs with many additional options. Be sure to read the manuals and the ReadMe files, as they have a great deal of excellent information to get the most out of them.


– Al –

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