Archive for July, 2008

Big update to DriveImage XML…

Friday, July 18th, 2008

There is a new version of DriveImage XML available today. We now have a new option on compression and we have made the software much faster.

Lets have a look. This was the old version backing up a 10GB NTFS partition that has 5.93GB of data on it. We were backing the data up to the My Documents folder on the C drive.

As you can see, it took about 12 and a half minutes to complete the backup.

The backup size of the dat and xml file was 5.28GB

Now we backed up the same data on an external drive with the same settings as :
It only took about 20 seconds longer, but this is a small drive with not a lot of data. Had this been 100 or 200GB of data, the extra time would have been substantial.

There are some new options on the new version. You have the ability to choose if you want fast or good compression. Fast is much much faster. Good is still pretty slow but it does a good job. We recommend that you always use the fast option.

So now we took the new version and backed up the same drive with the fast option and saved the data and xml in My Documents
Only 3 minutes and 15 seconds!
The file size is only slightly larger as well, but this will be different on everyone’s computer:

Now we will take the same settings as above and save the data to a USB 2.0 External drive:
Still only 4 and a half minutes!

A few things about the slow compression:
The slow compression is still faster than the old version by two minutes in our internal test.
The size is about 500 MB smaller than the fast compression, however this will again vary with the types of files you have and how many files you have.

!!IMPORTANT!! There are a few issues with the new version. The image you make on the new version is not compatible with the old version. If you have a BartPE with the old version, rebuild it with the new version as the image will not restore with the old software.

We do not offer any support for this software since it is free, however if you have an issue that you feel needs to be looked at, let us know.

Making a partial image in DiskExplorer

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Lets have a look at making a partial image in DiskExplorer. This is important when making an image of a drive with damage.

Lets start DiskExplorer:


Switch to hex mode my pressing F3 and go to sector you want to start the image at:


Once the sector is selected, press CTRL-SHIFT-END and it will select the sector you chose to the end of the drive:


Now, click on Edit>Copy to file:


Pick the file name and location and click save. You can see the size of the image at the top of the file location box.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Why does your software crash under Vista or Server 2008?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

This is because of our copy protection. There is an easy way to fix this though inside Vista and Server 2008.

When you start our software in Vista or Server 2008, you may get a screen that looks like this:

Click on the option to close the program. Then to fix this, you need to go to your run command and type the following:

You will be given the System Properties box. Click on Advanced -> Performance Settings:

You will then arrive at Performance Options. Click on Data Execution Prevention:

Click the add button and path to whatever version of our software you are using. We used RAID Reconstructor in this case. RAID Reconstructor should be C:\Program Files\Runtime Software\RAID Reconstructor\raid.exe. All of our software will be found in C:\Program Files\Runtime Software\.

Once RAID Reconstructor is in the list, click OK to close the Performance Options and OK again to close System Properties

Go ahead and start any of our software, and it should work with no problems now.