Avanquest PerfectImage ProfessionalMakaveli - April 10, 2007
To get started, insert the installation disc into your computer and follow the instructions to install PerfectImage Professional. Once you enter your serial number and select the type of installation you want to do, you’ll be prompted to provide a location for backups to be saved. This program, included in the PerfectImage installation, is called “AutoSave”.
Before we configure PerfectImage, we must configure the included AutoSave feature. Basically, AutoSave runs in the background and backs up the files you create or modify while it’s running. To configure it, you must define the location in which the backed up files will be stored. Once you do that, you’ll see the actions you can perform with AutoSave.
Since I already have files that I absolutely cannot afford to lose, I wanted to start off with the “Back up Files and Folders” option in the AutoSave menu. Once I clicked “Next”, it started to scan my primary hard drive without warning. I had to stop the scanning because it was backing up every file that I had when I only wanted to backup a select few files.
Next, I clicked the “Restore Files and Folders” option. For testing purposes, I selected to recover all files and restore them to their original locations. The Restore Wizard restored the files that I previously backed up but had to skip the files that were in use (AIM files in this case).
Alright, enough of AutoSave! Let’s get PerfectImage up and running. The first thing I notice when opening PerfectImage is how visual it is. It shows a chart of your hard drive as well as the type of partition it is and how much space is left.
The four other tabs on the top menu are as follows; “Volume Explorer”, “Scheduled Tasks”, “Images”, and “Help”. Volume Explorer is very helpful because it allows the user to see a map of their hard drives and all the folders within. Since I didn’t have any scheduled tasks, the page under that tab was blank.
The next tab is “Images”. Any images that you have stored, either on your hard drives or CD/DVD drives, are displayed in this section.
The last section is “Help”, which is where you can get all of your questions answered and curiosities settled. Also, if you need to change any settings, you’ll want to go to “Settings” under the “File” drop-down menu.
One of the biggest features in this software is that it allows you to schedule your backups. Let’s take a look into this feature by clicking the “Schedule” option under the “Backup/Restore Tasks” sub-section in the left hand menu. To set up a scheduled backup or restore, you first select which files that you want backed up or restored. Then, you’ll be prompted to fill in when you want this to occur, how often, and when to stop. Once you create the schedule, you can check up on the status and details under the “Scheduled Tasks” tab that I mentioned earlier.