Hard Drive Imaging

Disk imaging

OS Deployer, our disk imaging software enables you to create an image of the OS and disk partitions of the disk in your computer. After imaging a hard disk, you can store the image in the image repository configured in your environment.

The image created using OS imaging can then be deployed to a bare-metal computer, computer with a corrupted OS, or even to multiple computers simultaneously. Our hard drive imaging software supports both online and offline imaging modes to image a computer. Thus, using our comprehensive disk imaging software we can onboard huge number of workstations with minimal manual effort.

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Why OS Deployer is the best disk imaging software?

Let us now discuss some of the basic features that make up the best disk imaging software.

Online imaging:

This method allows administrators to capture the disk image of a system when it is live and functioning in the network. This hard drive imaging method does not require a system reboot to perform Windows imaging. It finishes the work, without interrupting the user and their ongoing work.

Offline imaging:

Administrators can use this hard disk imaging method to acquire the disk image of a system in the network that is shut down. When this method is used, the system is booted into the Windows pre-installation environment, and disk imaging is performed using the WinPE component. This WinPE component can be stored within the bootable media (USB, ISO, PXE). To know more about PXE boot server, click here.

Disk partition based imaging:

This feature helps you create an image of a single partition, multiple partitions, or an entire disk based on your requirements. You can also use this technique to take a backup of a system before performing migration, or when the system is corrupted due to technical issues.

Ability to shrink partitions:

By shrinking the disk partitions, you can reduce the space occupied by the primary partitions and logical drivers. This also helps to eliminate the disk size incompatibility errors.

Setting image compression:

Our best imaging software allows you to set the image compression level, which will minimize the size of the image and reduce the image storage space. 

Allocating memory usage:

You can select the memory usage level for the imaging process. This ensures that the available memory is used based on the requirements.

Automatic collection of drivers from the imaging machine:

During the process of disk imaging, drivers are automatically collected from the imaging machine and stored in the configured driver repository using our best image software.

How do I create a disk image using OS Deployer?

Creating an image using our disk imaging software, OS Deployer is a seamless process with 3 simple steps. In this section we will learn how to perform the disk imaging process.

  1. In the web console, navigate to Images -> Online imaging and click Create Image
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  3. Fill in the details required for image creation on the following screens like details of the computer to be imaged, compression levels, memory usage and more.
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  5. Click Start imaging to start the imaging process.
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Once you've created the image, you can start with the deployment process. For example, after imaging a Windows 10 machine, you can deploy the image to any computer by booting the computer using a Windows 10 ISO media. OS Deployer also offers the option to boot machines using USB and PXE.

What is meant by disk imaging?

Disk imaging is essentially a means to copy the Operating System and the data stored in a disk from the master system to distribute it to other target computers. Automating this process is beneficial for the IT team, which OS Deployer does in a few simple steps.

What is a disk image?

Disk image is a replica or a copy of the data stored within the disks in your computer. A disk image will contain the contents of the data storage device and replicates the structure of such devices. It will also contain the OS partitions.

What is disk imaging software?

A disk imaging software works by copying the content stored in partitions, partition details, disk details and Os partitions. All the configurations and installed applications will be copied from the selected partitions. All these data obtained from imaging a hard drive will be stored in a network share as an image. The image can be compressed based on the user's requirements and deployed.

Uses of disk imaging

Let us now discuss some of the benefits of disk imaging.

  • Bring down the time and effort required to set up computers and improve productivity.
  • Automate backing up your user profiles and accelerate your data migration.
  • Conveniently deploy the image file to multiple machines across various channels like USB, ISO, PXE, and the internet.
  • Maintain strict compliance standards and your organization's regulations.
  • Easily recover your data by backing up on multiple locations.

Why use disk imaging software?

  • Save hours of manual imaging and deployment.
  • Very little effort is needed in training your technicians.
  • Automated driver management to reduce your time and effort spent on drivers.
  • Create multiple custom images depending on your organizational requirements.

Disk Imaging for Backup and Security

A disk image comes in handy in the event of an accidental disk crash due to a virus attack or an unforeseen hardware failure. It will also be useful in deploying the captured disk image to the computers of new joiners in an organization, migrating to a new model/manufacturer or when you want to upgrade hard disk or change the existing hard disk.

Free disk imaging software

OS Deployer, our computer imaging software offers its services free of charge to customers with its free edition. This edition can be used to deploy OS images for up to 4 workstations and 1 server. The free edition is equipped with various features like online/offline imaging, multicast/unicast deployment, hardware independent deployment, standalone deployment, and much more.

Difference between disk imaging and disk cloning

Disk cloning is the process of creating a replica containing the operating system and other data of one hard disk into another hard disk. While disk cloning is to create a single copy of a hard disk primarily, disk imaging is used to create an image which can then be deployed to multiple machines simultaneously.

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