2. Operating Procedures

2.4. Disk Image Restoration

Follow 4 easy steps to restore your Hard Disk Drive or Logical Drive (Partition).

  1. STEP: Starting Program
  2. STEP: Using an Image you have created.
  3. STEP: Restoring Disk Image of HDD/SSD Restoring Disk Image of partition
  4. STEP: Confirming Restoration

Step1  

  • Start Active@ Disk Image
  • Press [Ctrl]+[R] to launch Disk Image Restoration dialog:
Disk Image for DOS

Step2  

  1. You have created an image using Active@ Disk Image earlier

If you have created an image using Active@ Disk Image earlier (there is a valid configuration (*.DIM) file), press [ENTER] or [Space] to load image info from the image configuration file:

Disk Image for DOS
  • Use arrows and [TAB] key to move between drives and folders tree. When you found and selected valid *.DIM file in Files: box, press [ENTER]. In the example above "backup.dim" file located on "G:\" is chosen.
  • Information from image configuration file will be loaded into the memory and you will see image parameters in dialog:
    Disk Image for DOS
  • Verify image parameters: Description, type, chunks, geometry and press [NEXT>]
  1. You have created an image using previous v. 1.0 of Active@ Disk Image or other tools.

If you have created an image using previous v. 1.0 of Active@ Disk Image or other tools (i.e. you don't have a configuration *.DIM file), you are to compose an image from chunks and set up image parameters properly before you can start image restoration:

Use [TAB] and arrows to move through dialog controls and specify the following parameters

  • Image Type: Physical Device (for HDD) or Logical Drive (for a partition)
  • Chunks: press [Add] button to locate and add all drive image's chunks to the list Chunks may be located on one drive or on different locations
  • Drive Geometry (for HDD/SSD images only)

Despite you can manually specify list of data chunks and set image parameters, we urge you always to use .DIM files

Step3  

Destination Drive dialog will appear:

Restoring a disk image of a Hard Disk Drive

Restoring a disk image of a Hard Disk Drive

Using arrows, select Hard Disk where you want to restore image to and press [NEXT>].

Restoring a disk image of a partition (logical drive)

If you are restoring a disk image of a partition (logical drive), Destination Partition dialog will appear:

Restoring a disk image of a partition

You can:

  • select an existing partition (having size equal or large) to restore disk image to
  • restore it to Unallocated space
  • delete existing partition and restore to Unallocated space that would appear
  • set Active flag to assign boot priority to partition being restored

Step4  

Confirming Restoration

After pressing [NEXT>] you will see a final confirmation dialog:

Restoring a disk image of a Hard Disk Drive
  • Type: RESTORE (case-sensitive, in uppercase) and press [ENTER] to proceed with disk image restoration. Be careful, data located on the drive where you want to restore image to will be completely overwritten by image data, and no recovery would be possible thereafter.
  • You will see a progress of image restoration. To stop the process anytime - press [ESC].
  • After restoration is complete you will be prompted to reboot the machine.