DriveImage XMLBy Kevin Fogarty Print
Storage and backup applications are among the most critical in any major corporation. Because missing or corrupted backups tend to show up only when someone needs to use them to recover from some data disaster, there's not much room for error. Lost data equals lost revenue and possibly legal liability, if the lost data are relevant to the financial performance of the company.
DriveImage XML also provides drive imaging, but stores the image data as XML files rather than in a proprietary format that requires you to use the same application for either backup or restore.
It doesn't include the ability to build a bootable CD, but does work in conjunction with Microsoft's WinPE, which is a pre-installation environment designed to let OEMs install Windows and other software on new machines before loading the whole OS.
One caveat: the XML image is broken up into a series of files and restoration is not intuitive. If you like the XML approach, go through a dry run or two before you really have to rely on it.
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