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Version 6.x
  • Support for automatic partition resizing for dynamic disks.
  • Support for Windows Storage Spaces (Windows 8/8.1/10/Threshold 2/Anniversary/all Creators update), Linux mdadm RAIDs and Logical Volume Manager volumes, and Apple CoreStorage/File Vault/Fusion Drive Volumes and RAIDs.
  • UEFI boot for the startup version.
  • Support for HFS+ partition resizing.
  • Support for secure connection (SSL) in mailing out reports.
  • When creating images, content of files like pagefiles.sys, hiberfil.sys, etc, is skipped when the Backup actual data only option is selected.
  • Support for HiDPI (retina-like) screens for the startup version.
  • Support for S.M.A.R.T. attributes for NVME devices.
  • Support for Task Scheduler 2.0.
Version 5.x
  • Full support for the GPT partitioning layout. R-Drive Image can create GPT disks, resize them, and change their partition layout during copy/restore operations.
  • Support for S.M.A.R.T. warnings. If a hard drive has a risk of a possible hardware failure, its S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) system throws special warnings. R-Drive Image displays such warnings and includes them into its confirmation e-mails.
  • Serious increase in read speed for compressed images.
  • Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 support. The new R-Drive Image version supports all Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 operating systems.
  • A new faster and more robust disk processing engine. R-Drive Image became more stable and reliable.
  • Separate files can be restored from images.
  • Support for several languages in GUI and help.
  • A startup version with GUI.
  • A new image format with a new file extension, .rdr. The old image formats are still supported.
  • Disk signature collision resolution for disk to disk copy.
  • Support for the ReFS file system (Resilient File System), a new local file system Microsoft has introduced in its Windows 2012 Server. All disk actions are supported, except partition resizing.
  • BCD-based boot loader setup.
Version 4.x
  • Smart data imaging support for more file systems. In addition to FAT and NTFS, R-Drive Image now can backup only useful information for exFAT, HFS/HFS+, Little and Big Endian variants of UFS1/UFS2 and Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 FS (Linux) file systems to reduce image file size.
  • Smart bad sector processing. R-Drive Image can now handle bad sectors encountered on the disk.
  • Smart processing of corrupted image files. R-Drive Image can now restore data from a valid part of a corrupted image file.
  • Backup sets. A backup set is a set of files (usually a file for a full image of an object and a number of its incremental/differential backups) which R-Drive Image treats as one unit. Backup sets are used to flexibly control the parameters of complex backup tasks such as a total size allocated for the image files, number of image files to keep, and time for which the data will be kept.
  • Windows Vista and 64 bit processors support. New R-Drive Image version supports all Windows Vista operating systems and 64 bit processors.
  • Acceleration of image creation and disc copy operations. Asynchronous I/O and distributed the zlib compression library were added among different processors. As a result, users can see up to 200% speed gains in image creation and disc copy operations.
  • Differential image creation. When the incremental/differential backup is being created, the differential image can be created by comparing the current data with the 128-bit hash of the original data without reading the main image. That speeds up the process of creating the incremental/differential image in any case, but also no need to change the original discs when writing the image to CD/DVD discs.
  • Incremental image creation mode. In the previous versions the differential mode was available only.
  • A bootable module can be written to a CD/DVD disc together with the image data. Thus it is possible to create one CD/DVD disc to boot and to restore the system.
  • Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) support. In order to create a point-in-time snapshot of a database, the servers like Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL and Oracle are notified before backup process begins. The technology allows synchronizing the servers' database and creating the correct copies of quick-changeable data.
  • Dynamic Disks and BSD slices support. Dynamic disks and BSD slices can be backup, restored and copied. The feature is supported in both Windows and bootable versions of R-Drive Image. You may create an image of one disk or a volume of any type and then restore the image back to a dynamic or basic disk. However when such image is restored you may not change a size or other characteristics of the target disk. When you restore a dynamic disk image to a basic disk, the basic disk remains basic and is not converted to the dynamic disk.
  • A flexible control over CD/DVD writing. That allows limiting the writing speed and caching in the ISO file.
  • Improved file format of the image created by the application.
  • Writing to NTFS partitions. Now the R-Drive Image bootable version (based on the Linux kernel) supports writing to NTFS partitions as well as R-Drive Image Windows version.
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