Images are exact byte-wise copies of hard drives, logical disks, partitions, etc. Restorer Ultimate can create images of all objects on the Device/Disk list and perform all data recovery actions from those images the same way as their original objects.

It is a good practice to create images of any objects you want to recover files from and then perform all data recovery actions on those images. That guarantees that the original data will remain safe from any unwanted and wrong modifications.

Images are extremely useful if there is a risk of total data loss due to hardware malfunction. If bad blocks are constantly appearing on a hard drive, you must immediately create an image of this drive. All data search, scan and restoring can be done from this image.

You need to open an image in Restorer Ultimate to process it.

To create an image,

1Select an object on the Device/Disk list and click Actions -> Create Image on the Task List,

or right-click the object and select Create Image File on the shortcut menu

2Specify image options, a file name, and destination for the image on the Create Image dialog box

Note: To store an image file, you need a free space equal to at least the object size.

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Create Image dialog box
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Create Image dialog box
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Create Image dialog box

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Image File

Image name

Specifies the name and path for the image file

Byte to byte image

If this option is selected, Restorer Ultimate will create a simple exact copy of the object. This image format is compatible with the previous versions of Restorer Ultimate.

Compressed image

If this option is selected, Restorer Ultimate will create an image file which can be compressed, split into several parts, and password-protected. This image file is incompatible with the previous versions of Restorer Ultimate.

Image compression ratio

You may compress the data in the image to save space. Active only if the Compressed image (R-Drive Image compatible) is selected.

Estimated size

Shows the estimated size of the image file. An actual image size depends on how much empty space is on the selected partition and what file types are there. Active only if the Compressed image is selected.

Image split size

You may set this option to Automatic and let Windows decide how to split the image file. This mostly depends on the file system on the destination disk. You may also either explicitly specify the split size, or choose a preset for various devices with removable storage. Select Fixed size for that. Active only if the Compressed image (R-Drive Image compatible) is selected.

Password

You may protect your image file with a password. Note: This feature provides a relatively moderate protection against conventional unauthorized access. Active only if the Compressed image (R-Drive Image compatible) is selected.

Create scan information file

If this option is selected, Restorer Ultimate will perform disk scan simultaneously with image creation. See the Disk Scan help page to learn scan options.

Bad Sectors

Read attempts

Specifies a default value for I/O Tries, or how many times Restorer Ultimate will try to read a bad sector.

Restorer Ultimate treats bad sectors in the following way:

It reads a certain part of disk (predefined by Windows) and

If Default read attempts is set to 0, the entire part with bad sectors will be filled with the specified pattern.
If Default read attempts is set to a non-zero value, Restorer Ultimate reads again that part sector by sector, repeating the attempts the specified number of times. If Restorer Ultimate still cannot read a bad sector, it fills the sectors with the specified pattern. In this case only the bad sectors will be filled with the pattern, but that extremely slows the disk read process.

For example, if you set Default read attempts to 1, a bad sector will be read 2 times.

Pattern to fill bad blocks

Specifies a pattern Restorer Ultimate will use to fill bad sectors in the image file.

Note: Restorer Ultimate will never ever try to write anything on the disk from which data is to recover or an image is to create.

If a remote computer is connected for Data Recovery over Network, the Create Image dialog box will have a different look. You may save the image to the local or remote computer.

>Restorer Ultimate will start creating the image.

To open an image,

1Click Actions -> Open Image on the Task List.

If a remote computer is connected for Data Recovery over Network, the Open Image File dialog box will appear when you select a place to load the image file from. You may load it from the local or remote computer.

2Select the required image file.
>The Image object will appear on the Device/Disk list

You may perform all data recovery actions, including file search, scan, and recovery from this image as it were its original object.

To remove image from the Device/Disk list,

*Right-click the image object and select Delete on the shortcut menu,

or select the image object and press the F8 key.