Big update to DriveImage XML…

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.

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