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Create an Image

Note: You may read about Support for Various Disk Partition Schemes and File Systems to learn more about possible options for your specific case.

It is recommended that you print out this topic and have the hardcopy on hand while you are performing this action .

Note: This help page describes the operation of the TUI startup version. Go to the Create an Image help page for the GUI version and to the network drives help If necessary.

If there is a non-IDE disk controller in your system, or you plan to use network disks or external hardware devices , first check the list of supported hardware .

If you plan to use any external device, turn it on before starting the system.

If the motherboard in your computer supports the Serial ATA (SATA) devices, but IDE disks are also present, only the SATA devices should be set to the Enhanced Mode in BIOS.

2 Select Create an Image on the Select an action and press the N key

Use the arrow keys to switch between the options.

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Action Selection Panel

R-Drive Image will start analyzing the computer disk configuration, the Progress... message showing the progress. Then the R-Drive Image: Select an object you want to archive/backup/copy panel will show the configuration.


Hard drive


Primary partition


Logical disk


Unallocated space

3 Select an object which image you want to create on the Select source object panel and press the N key

Use the arrow keys to switch between the objects and the SPACEBAR to select the object.

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Select Source Object Panel

4 Select the place on the Create an Image panel to which the image files will be written, specify the file name, and press the O key


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Create an Image File Panel


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Create an Image File Panel


Read-only disk. You cannot create images on such disks

Use the Tab key to switch between the control areas.

External USB drives with the NTFS file system : the startup version of R-Drive Image can save image files on such disks if they are properly disconnected in a Windows system using the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray or while shutting Windows down.

You may also connect network drives.

5 Specify image options on the Image Options panel and click the Next button

You may specify image options on this panel.

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Image Options Panel

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6 Verify that the information on the Confirm operations panel is correct and click the N key
> R-Drive Image will start creating the image file

The Progress window will show the progress of the current operation and overall process. If you selected a read-only disk as the target, you will see the File is read-only. Press OK to retry . message.


The Disk Actions chapter explains basic disk actions.

The Startup Version chapter explains how to perform disk actions using the R-Drive Image Startup Version .

The Technical Information chapter gives technical information on Supported CD and DVD Recorders and List of Hardware Devices Supported in the Startup Mode and another useful technical information.

Follow this link to obtain R-Drive Image Contact Information and Technical Support