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Disk imaging software

Disk imaging software takes a complete snapshot of all the data stored on your computer’s hard drive. It’s a good way to back up everything on your system, so you can reload it – complete with all saved files, programs and preferences – in the event of a major system crash or hard drive failure.

Disk imaging software comparison chart for 2017

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Ratings
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Overall
acronis true image 2017 has a rating of five  overall o&o diskimage 11 has a rating of five  overall paragon drive copy 15 professional has a rating of four  overall farstone totalrecovery pro 10 has a rating of four  overall macrium reflect standard has a rating of one  overall
Setup
acronis true image 2017 has a rating of five for setup o&o diskimage 11 has a rating of four for setup paragon drive copy 15 professional has a rating of four for setup farstone totalrecovery pro 10 has a rating of four for setup macrium reflect standard has a rating of one for setup
Imaging
acronis true image 2017 has a rating of five for imaging o&o diskimage 11 has a rating of four for imaging paragon drive copy 15 professional has a rating of four for imaging farstone totalrecovery pro 10 has a rating of four for imaging macrium reflect standard has a rating of one for imaging
Restoring
acronis true image 2017 has a rating of five for restoring o&o diskimage 11 has a rating of five for restoring paragon drive copy 15 professional has a rating of four for restoring farstone totalrecovery pro 10 has a rating of four for restoring macrium reflect standard has a rating of one for restoring
Effectiveness
acronis true image 2017 has a rating of five for effectiveness o&o diskimage 11 has a rating of four for effectiveness paragon drive copy 15 professional has a rating of four for effectiveness farstone totalrecovery pro 10 has a rating of four for effectiveness macrium reflect standard has a rating of one for effectiveness
Features
acronis true image 2017 has a rating of five for features o&o diskimage 11 has a rating of four for features paragon drive copy 15 professional has a rating of three for features farstone totalrecovery pro 10 has a rating of three for features macrium reflect standard has a rating of one for features
Ease of use
acronis true image 2017 has a rating of five for ease of use o&o diskimage 11 has a rating of four for ease of use paragon drive copy 15 professional has a rating of four for ease of use farstone totalrecovery pro 10 has a rating of four for ease of use macrium reflect standard has a rating of one for ease of use
Help & support
acronis true image 2017 has a rating of five for help & support o&o diskimage 11 has a rating of four for help & support paragon drive copy 15 professional has a rating of three for help & support farstone totalrecovery pro 10 has a rating of three for help & support macrium reflect standard has a rating of one for help & support
Features
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Bootable DOS or CD-ROM
acronis true image 2017  bootable dos or cd-rom o&o diskimage 11  bootable dos or cd-rom paragon drive copy 15 professional  bootable dos or cd-rom farstone totalrecovery pro 10  bootable dos or cd-rom macrium reflect standard  bootable dos or cd-rom
Image explorer
acronis true image 2017  image explorer o&o diskimage 11  image explorer paragon drive copy 15 professional  image explorer farstone totalrecovery pro 10  image explorer macrium reflect standard  image explorer
Incremental backup
acronis true image 2017  incremental backup o&o diskimage 11  incremental backup paragon drive copy 15 professional  incremental backup farstone totalrecovery pro 10  incremental backup macrium reflect standard  incremental backup
Deletion capabilities
acronis true image 2017  deletion capabilities o&o diskimage 11  deletion capabilities paragon drive copy 15 professional  deletion capabilities farstone totalrecovery pro 10  deletion capabilities macrium reflect standard  deletion capabilities
Partition / format drives
acronis true image 2017  partition / format drives o&o diskimage 11  partition / format drives paragon drive copy 15 professional  partition / format drives farstone totalrecovery pro 10  partition / format drives macrium reflect standard  partition / format drives
Burn backup CD / DVD
acronis true image 2017  burn backup cd / dvd o&o diskimage 11  burn backup cd / dvd paragon drive copy 15 professional  burn backup cd / dvd farstone totalrecovery pro 10  burn backup cd / dvd macrium reflect standard  burn backup cd / dvd
Backup to physical partitions
acronis true image 2017  backup to physical partitions o&o diskimage 11  backup to physical partitions paragon drive copy 15 professional  backup to physical partitions farstone totalrecovery pro 10  backup to physical partitions macrium reflect standard  backup to physical partitions
Resizes during restore
acronis true image 2017  resizes during restore o&o diskimage 11  resizes during restore paragon drive copy 15 professional  resizes during restore farstone totalrecovery pro 10  resizes during restore macrium reflect standard  resizes during restore
Verifies data during burn
acronis true image 2017  verifies data during burn o&o diskimage 11  verifies data during burn paragon drive copy 15 professional  verifies data during burn farstone totalrecovery pro 10  verifies data during burn macrium reflect standard  verifies data during burn
Multicast deployment
acronis true image 2017  multicast deployment o&o diskimage 11  multicast deployment paragon drive copy 15 professional  multicast deployment farstone totalrecovery pro 10  multicast deployment macrium reflect standard  multicast deployment
Script creation
acronis true image 2017  script creation o&o diskimage 11  script creation paragon drive copy 15 professional  script creation farstone totalrecovery pro 10  script creation macrium reflect standard  script creation
Change SID
acronis true image 2017  change sid o&o diskimage 11  change sid paragon drive copy 15 professional  change sid farstone totalrecovery pro 10  change sid macrium reflect standard  change sid
Backup / restore
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Virtual disk
acronis true image 2017  virtual disk o&o diskimage 11  virtual disk paragon drive copy 15 professional  virtual disk farstone totalrecovery pro 10  virtual disk macrium reflect standard  virtual disk
Restore individual files / folders
acronis true image 2017  restore individual files / folders o&o diskimage 11  restore individual files / folders paragon drive copy 15 professional  restore individual files / folders farstone totalrecovery pro 10  restore individual files / folders macrium reflect standard  restore individual files / folders
Self-extract images
acronis true image 2017  self-extract images o&o diskimage 11  self-extract images paragon drive copy 15 professional  self-extract images farstone totalrecovery pro 10  self-extract images macrium reflect standard  self-extract images
Backup settings
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Hot backup
acronis true image 2017  hot backup o&o diskimage 11  hot backup paragon drive copy 15 professional  hot backup farstone totalrecovery pro 10  hot backup macrium reflect standard  hot backup
Skip auxiliary files
acronis true image 2017  skip auxiliary files o&o diskimage 11  skip auxiliary files paragon drive copy 15 professional  skip auxiliary files farstone totalrecovery pro 10  skip auxiliary files macrium reflect standard  skip auxiliary files
Compress backup
acronis true image 2017  compress backup o&o diskimage 11  compress backup paragon drive copy 15 professional  compress backup farstone totalrecovery pro 10  compress backup macrium reflect standard  compress backup
Split images
acronis true image 2017  split images o&o diskimage 11  split images paragon drive copy 15 professional  split images farstone totalrecovery pro 10  split images macrium reflect standard  split images
Copy drive-to-drive
acronis true image 2017  copy drive-to-drive o&o diskimage 11  copy drive-to-drive paragon drive copy 15 professional  copy drive-to-drive farstone totalrecovery pro 10  copy drive-to-drive macrium reflect standard  copy drive-to-drive
Copy byte-to-byte
acronis true image 2017  copy byte-to-byte o&o diskimage 11  copy byte-to-byte paragon drive copy 15 professional  copy byte-to-byte farstone totalrecovery pro 10  copy byte-to-byte macrium reflect standard  copy byte-to-byte
Encrypt / password backup
acronis true image 2017  encrypt / password backup o&o diskimage 11  encrypt / password backup paragon drive copy 15 professional  encrypt / password backup farstone totalrecovery pro 10  encrypt / password backup macrium reflect standard  encrypt / password backup
Customize label backup
acronis true image 2017  customize label backup o&o diskimage 11  customize label backup paragon drive copy 15 professional  customize label backup farstone totalrecovery pro 10  customize label backup macrium reflect standard  customize label backup
Scheduling
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Set time / dates
acronis true image 2017  set time / dates o&o diskimage 11  set time / dates paragon drive copy 15 professional  set time / dates farstone totalrecovery pro 10  set time / dates macrium reflect standard  set time / dates
Task editor
acronis true image 2017  task editor o&o diskimage 11  task editor paragon drive copy 15 professional  task editor farstone totalrecovery pro 10  task editor macrium reflect standard  task editor
Boot disk hardware
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Network
acronis true image 2017  network o&o diskimage 11  network paragon drive copy 15 professional  network farstone totalrecovery pro 10  network macrium reflect standard  network
SCSI
acronis true image 2017  scsi o&o diskimage 11  scsi paragon drive copy 15 professional  scsi farstone totalrecovery pro 10  scsi macrium reflect standard  scsi
USB
acronis true image 2017  usb o&o diskimage 11  usb paragon drive copy 15 professional  usb farstone totalrecovery pro 10  usb macrium reflect standard  usb
CD-ROM
acronis true image 2017  cd-rom o&o diskimage 11  cd-rom paragon drive copy 15 professional  cd-rom farstone totalrecovery pro 10  cd-rom macrium reflect standard  cd-rom
DVD
acronis true image 2017  dvd o&o diskimage 11  dvd paragon drive copy 15 professional  dvd farstone totalrecovery pro 10  dvd macrium reflect standard  dvd
Firewire
acronis true image 2017  firewire o&o diskimage 11  firewire paragon drive copy 15 professional  firewire farstone totalrecovery pro 10  firewire macrium reflect standard  firewire
Supported file systems
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FAT 16/32
acronis true image 2017  fat 16/32 o&o diskimage 11  fat 16/32 paragon drive copy 15 professional  fat 16/32 farstone totalrecovery pro 10  fat 16/32 macrium reflect standard  fat 16/32
NTFS
acronis true image 2017  ntfs o&o diskimage 11  ntfs paragon drive copy 15 professional  ntfs farstone totalrecovery pro 10  ntfs macrium reflect standard  ntfs
Ext 2/3 FS
acronis true image 2017  ext 2/3 fs o&o diskimage 11  ext 2/3 fs paragon drive copy 15 professional  ext 2/3 fs farstone totalrecovery pro 10  ext 2/3 fs macrium reflect standard  ext 2/3 fs
ReiserFS
acronis true image 2017  reiserfs o&o diskimage 11  reiserfs paragon drive copy 15 professional  reiserfs farstone totalrecovery pro 10  reiserfs macrium reflect standard  reiserfs
Linux swap
acronis true image 2017  linux swap o&o diskimage 11  linux swap paragon drive copy 15 professional  linux swap farstone totalrecovery pro 10  linux swap macrium reflect standard  linux swap
Help & support
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Telephone support
acronis true image 2017  telephone support o&o diskimage 11  telephone support paragon drive copy 15 professional  telephone support farstone totalrecovery pro 10  telephone support macrium reflect standard  telephone support
Email support
acronis true image 2017  email support o&o diskimage 11  email support paragon drive copy 15 professional  email support farstone totalrecovery pro 10  email support macrium reflect standard  email support
Help files
acronis true image 2017  help files o&o diskimage 11  help files paragon drive copy 15 professional  help files farstone totalrecovery pro 10  help files macrium reflect standard  help files
Manual
acronis true image 2017  manual o&o diskimage 11  manual paragon drive copy 15 professional  manual farstone totalrecovery pro 10  manual macrium reflect standard  manual
FAQs / Knowledgebase
acronis true image 2017  faqs / knowledgebase o&o diskimage 11  faqs / knowledgebase paragon drive copy 15 professional  faqs / knowledgebase farstone totalrecovery pro 10  faqs / knowledgebase macrium reflect standard  faqs / knowledgebase
Knowledgebase
acronis true image 2017  knowledgebase o&o diskimage 11  knowledgebase paragon drive copy 15 professional  knowledgebase farstone totalrecovery pro 10  knowledgebase macrium reflect standard  knowledgebase
Operating systems
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Windows 10
acronis true image 2017  windows 10 o&o diskimage 11  windows 10 paragon drive copy 15 professional  windows 10 farstone totalrecovery pro 10  windows 10 macrium reflect standard  windows 10
Windows 8
acronis true image 2017  windows 8 o&o diskimage 11  windows 8 paragon drive copy 15 professional  windows 8 farstone totalrecovery pro 10  windows 8 macrium reflect standard  windows 8
Windows 7
acronis true image 2017  windows 7 o&o diskimage 11  windows 7 paragon drive copy 15 professional  windows 7 farstone totalrecovery pro 10  windows 7 macrium reflect standard  windows 7
Windows Vista
acronis true image 2017  windows vista o&o diskimage 11  windows vista paragon drive copy 15 professional  windows vista farstone totalrecovery pro 10  windows vista macrium reflect standard  windows vista
Windows XP
acronis true image 2017  windows xp o&o diskimage 11  windows xp paragon drive copy 15 professional  windows xp farstone totalrecovery pro 10  windows xp macrium reflect standard  windows xp

Disk imaging software explained

Disk imaging software isn’t just designed to guard against problems. It can also assist you when you buy a new computer and want to move everything to it from your old one.

When you transfer a disk image, all your settings and programs will be preserved. Unlike other forms of backup, you won’t be required you to reinstall software and manually set it up the way you like it.

You can also use disk imaging software to create a standard configuration for new computers. This is most often used by businesses who want to have the same software and settings on all of their PCs.

To use disk imaging software, you’ll need somewhere to store the image of your disk. Although you can save it to your main hard drive, this means that if the hard drive fails, you’ll lose the image as well as the original copy of your data.

Many people purchase an extra hard drive instead. This makes it easy to transfer the image to other computers too. All you have to do is plug the hard drive in.

Getting started with disk imaging software

Disk imaging software isn’t a direct replacement for other backup software. You should use the two together, because although disk imaging software makes it easy to reconstruct your entire system, it’s hard or impossible to restore individual files.

For extra security, get disk imaging software with built in encryption and password protection. After all, you don’t want just anyone getting their hands on your data.

Disk imaging software is the easiest way to recover your system in the event of a disastrous crash. Instead of having to spend hours going back to the factory settings, then installing all your software individually, it enables you to restore your computer, the way you like it – with little hassle.

Rank
Acronis True Image 2017
O&O DiskImage 11
Paragon Drive Copy 15 Professional
FarStone TotalRecovery Pro 10
Macrium Reflect Standard