PROS / Active@ Disk Pro’s boot disk can recover your data when everything else has failed.
CONS / Active@ makes a good show on help and support, but neither the online nor PDF help files are searchable.
VERDICT / Active@ Disk Image Pro is good disk imaging software. It offers powerful features, such as the ability to create bootable media, as well as some basic backup scheduling tools. However, it doesn’t support partitioning. If you’re just looking to migrate to another computer or needing an alternative backup program that can handle large hard drives, Active@ gives you just what you’re looking for.
While there isn’t much that sets Active@ Disk Image Pro apart from other types of disk imaging software, it does have some important features that make it easy to use. It’s a wizard-based system with a very clean interface and large, clear labels, so you know exactly what you are looking at, whether you’re cloning a hard drive or backing up a game. Because it’s based on a Windows shell extension, Active@ integrates perfectly with the newer Windows configurations and will feel familiar if you’re used to the way Windows works. Despite having this level of familiarity, Disk Pro does have a few features that are not for the beginner.
While some of Active@ Disk Image Pro’s features can seem menacing, the Active@ Boot Disk feature is one worth getting to know. From within the media creation screen, Active@ gives you the option to create a bootable USB flash drive. CD, DVD and Blu-ray disk startup options are also available. You can create boot media that will force your computer boot to Windows or to DOS, or you can choose both and make a dual boot system as part of your hard drive recovery strategy. Startup command lines can also be included, as can device drivers for the equipment you normally run.
Active@ Disk Image Pro is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux systems, but Disk Image Pro doesn’t support partitioning, so it’s not the best disk imaging software to use if you are running multiple operating systems through a partitioned hard drive. However, it does though support emulating virtual machines, meaning you can run a clone hard drive with this software.
Disk Image Pro carries many of the same basic backup features of many other types of cloning software. It offers incremental and differential backups that can be run though a task scheduler. Data recovery options are made easy because you have the ability to back up images to a network or removable media like Blu-ray, DVD or external hard drive.
Active@ Disk Image Pro offers comprehensive customer support. There are FAQs, a Knowledgebase, email options and video tutorials. However, the online Help system leaves a bit to be desired since it’s not searchable, so you may have to scratch around until you found an answer. There’s also a PDF version of the Help file. The Table of Contents is not linked, but it is bookmarked so you have some measure of navigation.
Active@ Disk Image Pro is good disk imaging software, it offers powerful features, such as the ability to create bootable media, as well as some basic backup scheduling tools. However, it doesn’t support partitioning. If you’re just looking to migrate to another computer or needing an alternative backup program that can handle large hard drives, Active@ gives you just what you’re looking for.