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Version 7.x
  • Extended information is shown on the Properties tab for disk objects.
  • A new command Erase as GPT/MBR. This command completely erases the previous disk partition layout and creates a new one in the alternative scheme (GPT->MBR and MBR->GPT).
  • Support for cloud services. R-Drive Image can now save image files directly to cloud services and restore them or individual files to local systems. Google Drive®, Microsoft OneDrive® and Dropbox® are supported.
  • Image replications. R-Drive Image can save multiple copies of the same image during a single imaging process. The program creates one copy of the image file in the specified primary location, and then replicates the file to other locations. Multiple copies of a single image file greatly improve the safety of the image.
  • Differential copying of files to a folder. R-Drive Image can save individual files to a specified folder rather than creating an image file from those files. Files are copied differentially, that is, only changed files are copied. If specified, files deleted in the source location are also deleted in the destination location.
  • Support for BitLocker Drive Encryption, both for BitLocker ToGo and BitLocker System Drive Encryption.
  • Support for new virtual disk formats (read-only): DMG (all versions) and E01/AFF (Commercial license and OEM Kit).
  • Support for VDI virtual disks (only in the RDI Corporate, Technician, Commercial, and OEM Kit licenses).
  • The AES-XTS encryption for the .rdr image format.
  • Support for the VHD/VHDX virtual disks.
  • System and other locked disks (NTFS) can be resized without system restart.
  • A startup version based on WindowsPE platform.
  • Supported disk partition layouts can be converted to the MBR/GPT layout.
  • All images in a specified image set (rotation) or a folder can be checked in one task.
  • A new, completely redesigned wizard interface with improved graphical controls, drag and drop object manipulations, and visual source and target binding.
  • A partition manager that allows the user to delete, wipe, create, and re-size partitions and logical disks.
  • Image creation from individual files, not only from disk objects.
  • Advanced and versatile logs accessible directly from the user interface.
  • Advanced file filtering to make search for files and marking them easier. File filters can be created directly on a R-Drive Image panel or set/edited manually (Batch mode).
  • Support for rotation schemes (a further development of backup sets). A rotation scheme 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. Rotation schemes are used to flexibly control the parameters of complex backup tasks. R-Drive Image supports predefined and custom rotation schemes. Custom rotation schemes are available in the Corporate, Technician, and Commercial licenses.
  • Support for the VMDK file type, a popular virtual machine disk format (only in Corporate, Technician, and Commercial Licenses).
Version 6.x
  • Support for the APFS file system including the APFS Fusion Drive.
  • Automatic update of the device list for disk imaging/copying and boot / OEM media creation operations.
  • When R-Drive Image runs out of available free space while creating an image, a new place can be specified, and the image will be split accordingly.
  • Task progress for running tasks and tooltips with detailed information on selected tasks are shown in the scheduled task list.
  • The Locked disk dialog box shows the list of processes and files that lock the disk.
  • Support for automatic partition resizing for dynamic disks.
  • Support for Windows Storage Spaces (Windows 8/8.1/10/11), 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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