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Avanquest PerfectImage Professional

Makaveli    -   April 10, 2007


Specifications:

-Copy Your Entire PC
Make a copy of your entire PC including operating system, applications, user settings and all data. Back up everything on your computer including digital music, photos, financial documents, applications, settings, operating system and more in one easy step.

-Real-Time Backup
PerfectImage creates hard drive images in real time without Windows reboot or any application’s interruption.

-System & Data Recovery
Recovers your system and data even when you can’t restart your operating system. No software reinstallations required.

-Incremental & Differential Backups
Makes incremental and differential backups to maximize space and save time.

The chart below is a comparison between Avanquest’s PerfectImage, Acronis’s TrueImage 10, and Norton Ghost 10.

COMPARE! Avanquest PerfectImage AcronisTrueImage 10 Norton Ghost 10
Preview operation before executing Y    
Update and repair master boot record Y    
Continuous Backup Y    
Differential Backup Y Y  
Incremental Backup Y Y Y
Back up to hard drive & removable media Y Y Y
Back up and restore your music, videos and photos Y Y Y
Create a protected partition Y Y  
Startup recovery manager Y Y  
Create bootable rescue media Y Y Y
Password protect archives Y Y Y
Adjustable compression level Y Y Y

Testing:

Testing System:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
  • ASUS P5N32-SLi SE Deluxe Motherboard
  • OCZ Gold 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 800 Memory
  • eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
  • XG Vortec 600watt Power Supply
  • Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive
  • Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
  • Seagate 80GB IDE Hard Drive
  • LG DVD-R DL Burner
  • Windows XP Media Center 2005
  • Audigy 2 Sound Card
  • SilverStone TJ-06 Black with Window

 

    The first thing that I’m going to do is back up my “K:” drive to an image. At the time of the backup, the drive was using 39.8GB of the allotted 75.4GB. I set the backup image to be stored on my “C:” drive.

 


The image created on the “C:” drive was 39.5GB.


I was fairly surprised that it backed up the drive at about 1GB a minute. The image below shows the format of the image that was stored on the “C:” drive.


The next thing I wanted to test was how well the “Recovery Media Builder” works. It was quick, easy, and burned what I wanted. I chose to burn the predefined recovery media image that was included with the program. The speed of this operation is determined by how fast your CD/DVD burner can burn images.

 


While I was testing this program, I came across some nice features, like being able to create a secure partition on a drive, check if images are bootable or not, and verifying image integrity. But most of all, I liked the new option of being able to create a differential partition. This means that if you create a backup and then you come back later and want to backup only the new or modified information, you can do so. It does take longer to backup because it’s looking for the different information to backup. It does save a lot of space over time and allows the user to not have to delete or overwrite old partitions. 


Cloning hard drive to hard drive wasn’t anything special and took about the same time it took to backup as an image. Cloning a partition was fairly easy as well. The cloning options used just about the same “Backup Wizard” as the backup/restore images did, so nothing was new here except that you are only cloning a specific partition.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Testing
  4. Conclusion
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