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Create an Image from Files

You may backup only selected files rather than the entire object. You can do that in the Create Image and Create an Image from Files (below) actions. You may also copy those files to a specified folder .

Create Image from selected files from the Action Selection panel

1 Click Create image from files on the Action Selection panel

R-Drive Image will start analyzing the computer disk configuration, the Progress... message showing the progress.

2 Select files you want to include in the image on the Select files for new image panel and click the Next button

Click the controls to learn their functions or go to the respective help pages


You may search for individual files , use filters , or the Batch mode if you want to include all files of several patterns. Such patterns may include multiple file names, masks, and paths.

3 Select the place on the Choose destination of new image panel to which the image files will be written, specify the file name, and click the Next button

You may select any place including connected network drives, supported CD and DVD Recorders , or any other devices with removable storage. Several cloud services are also supported.

Images can be replicated , that is, their copies may be saved to one or other different locations.

Click the Options button to specify additional options and parameters, if necessary.

Image Options panel

Image compression ratio

You may compress the data in the image to save space. Please note that the smaller size you select the more time will be spent to create the image file and vise versa.

Volume size for multi-volume image

You may set this option to Automatic and let Windows decide how to split the image file. This mostly depends on the file system on the destination disk. You may also either explicitly specify the split size, or choose a preset for various devices with removable storage. Select Fixed size for that.

For the RDR format, a new partial file of the image will be started when the previous file reaches the specified file size.

Estimated size

Shows the estimated size of the image file. An actual image size depends on how much empty space is on the selected partition and what file types are there .

Password protection

You may protect your image file with a password. Note: If you leave the Encrypt image option clear this feature will provide a relatively moderate protection against conventional unauthorized access. If this option is selected, R-Drive Image will encrypt the image using the AES-XTS algorithm.

Image description

You may attach a text description to the image for annotation. Maximum length of the description is 255 characters.

Validate image when completed

Select this option if your want R-Drive Image to check the newly created file image for its consistency. This may be useful for storing image files with critical data. Please note that this operation requires additional time.

Shutdown computer when completed

If this checkbox is selected, R-Drive Image will shut your computer down when completed the task.


Notifications Options panel

Click to expand/collapse Notifications options


Backup Options panel

Click to expand/collapse Backup Options

See Creating consistent point-in-time backups for more details.

4 Verify that the information on the Processing panel is correct and click the Start button

You may also create a script for this action. Click the Script to Clipboard button and paste the script to any text-processing utility.

> R-Drive Image will start creating the image file(s)

The Progress bar will show the progress of the current operation and overall process. When the image is created, the Image created successfully. message will appear.

When the operation is over, you may see the results of the operation by clicking the Open logs button .