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O&O DiskImage Professional 12 promises to speed up file backups by up to 100%

25 October 2017, Nick Peers

diskimage-200x175O&O Software GMBH has launched O&O DiskImage Professional 12, the latest version of its Windows disk-imaging and file backup tool.

Version 12 focuses on improving its file-backup component, promising to complete backups in half the time of the previous release. It’s also updated for full compatibility with the newly released Windows 10 Fall Edition.

The file backup component, introduced back in version 10, has been recoded from the ground up to provide a much faster experience – up to twice the speed of its predecessor. The file backup allows you to back up selected data folders and files as required – a good way to protect yourself against ransomware.

O&O DiskImage 12

O&O DiskImage 12 promises to double the speed of its file-based backup component.

The program’s main attraction remains its drive-imaging module, however. Use this to take a perfect copy of your entire PC before testing new software. Simply make a quick up-to-date backup of your current system, then install and test your new software, secure in the knowledge you can simply ‘rollback’ to your previous image after testing and carry on as if nothing had happened (much cleaner than uninstalling the program manually).

The new release also optimises the tool’s Machine Independent Restoration feature, which helps users migrate a drive image to a new computer. Users can now create a native boot medium to handle this task.

Other than a new program icon, and improved compatibility with the latest Windows 10 release, that’s it for new and improved features.

The previous release unveiled a new ribbon-based user interface to aid navigation and program usage. It also introduced a new command prompt tool for creating, restoring, validating, converting and mounting/unmounting images from the command line.

Long story short, there are few key new features, unless you’re desperate to shorten file-based backup times. If you’ve been sitting on an older version or never tried DiskImage, however, then now is a good time to try (or revisit) the program.

O&O DiskImage Professional 12.0 is available as free 30-day trial downloads for PCs running Windows Vista or later. Version 12 launches with a MSRP of $49.95 for a perpetual one-PC licence.

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