This program will do a "validation" when you make an image but the validation is useless. It's a weak checksum or hash of some sort. I have tried it many times and I give up. Sometimes it restores properly but sometimes during restoration the images are deemed corrupt even though they were validated when created. Corrupt images are non-recoverable.
We need a byte-for-byte validation to be sure that an image will function when needed. Look for this feature. It's available in at least one imaging program listed here at SnapFiles.
PowerQuest DriveImage (PQDI) is what I've been using because it did a true bit-for-bit validation. It's aged, discontinued, and has disc size limitations that will soon impose problems for me. PQDI spoiled me. It not only validated byte-for-byte but it also verified disc writes during imaging and restoration. Symantec killed PQDI.
Works absolutely perfect and in fact it needs a lot less space for the image-file than other products.
For me, this is one of the best software worldwide, with the best value for its money!
Excellent drive imaging tool, doing what it says.
This is very closed to Paragon drive imaging utility.
To choose between them both, here are some clues :
- Paragon supports HPSF, Acronis doesn't.
- Acronis supports ResierFS, Paragon doesn't.
- Paragon offers partition resizing, while it is a separate product to buy for Acronis.
- Both are supposed to support USB drives but it failed on my configuration with Paragon while succeded with Acronis. It may be just a problem of my own hardware, not a problem of Paragon itself. Since both offer 30-days trial, try both of them before deciding.
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