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April 27, 2015
Nothing lasts forever, living to man-made everything expires someday, and so are our devices and the data stored on them. The most predominant cause of hard disk crash is "disk wear out" which means, the hard disk parts ages and reaches a condition that is no longer fit to be used. Even though data recoveries from such disks are possible, they are costly and time consuming. Backing up your data can help you protect all your files and folders present on the disk. However, protecting your system settings and the programs installed on your disk is impossible with such services. That’s when other methods like disk imaging come into picture, with which you can create an exact record of your drive or partition.
Disk image backs up an entire drive with ease by creating a complete copy of the original drive, in terms of data and information structure. In other words, disk image is simply a duplicate of your entire disk created by copying operating system files, settings, programs, files and folders; retaining complete contents and information structure. If a disk image is created for your drive and the drive crashes, you can recover your disk by installing a new internal hard drive and then booting from your program's emergency boot device, and restoring the drive's contents from the disk image that is saved. Disk image takes minimal space when compared to the original disk size, since your data is compressed and saved as in .zip format.
There are numerous third party vendors who provide disk imaging services for disk duplication.However, you need not recover your entire disk while a file or two is lost. So it is advisable to have both, cloud solution for easy restoration for recovering specific lost files and subsequently have disk image for complete hard disk recovery in event of major disaster. IDrive's online cloud solution is a complete storage solution to safeguard all your files and folders from unlimited number of devices to your single account.
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