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PowerQuest Delivers Linux Support for Imaging, Deploying Computers

Drive Image Pro 3.01 also includes customization tools to speed workstation deployment

OREM, Utah, January 5, 2000 -- PowerQuest® Corp. announces the addition of SmartSector® support for Linux ext2 and Linux Swap partitions in Drive Image® Pro 3.01, the latest update of PowerQuest's solution for imaging and deploying PC workstations in minutes. With this version of Drive Image Pro, Linux users can clone their Linux computers and servers for fast setup and disaster recovery using PowerQuest's patented SmartSector technology.

"The use of Linux by PowerQuest customers has more than doubled over the past 18 months, and we want to provide a fast, convenient means for users to manage and deploy Linux desktops and servers," said Brad Dew, director of product marketing at PowerQuest. "Drive Image Pro gives Linux users an exact image of their systems, which can be deployed on multiple workstations within minutes or instantly restored for disaster recovery."

SmartSector technology included in Drive Image Pro speeds the imaging of Linux operating systems by reading only used sectors on the disk. Other imaging solutions use a file-by-file copy method, which is inherently slower, especially on fragmented or optimized hard drives. Because Drive Image Pro 3.01 also includes PowerQuest's PartitionMagic® Professional 5.0 and BootMagic® 2.0, Linux users can easily create and manipulate new partitions and set up a computing environment that runs multiple operating systems.

DeltaDeploy Speeds Custom Deployment
Another new feature of Drive Image Pro 3.01 is DeltaDeploy, which dramatically reduces the time required to upgrade mission critical applications by eliminating the need to add the applications at each computer. To use the new feature, an IS professional makes the necessary updates and installations on one machine. After the installation, DeltaDeploy logs the changes to the system and packages them into an executable file that can be automatically distributed via the network, e-mail, FTP or other distribution media. DeltaDeploy can perform upgrades or changes on different computers with the same executable file, making the solution flexible in real-world corporate computing environments.

Enhanced BootDisk Builder Simplifies Creation of Network Boot Diskettes
The BootDisk Builder helps the IS professional build DOS network boot diskettes for imaging to a network. The BootDisk Builder in Drive Image Pro 3.01 adds new drivers and gives the user the ability to add their own drivers. The builder now runs in Windows NT Workstation as well as Windows 95/98 and Windows 2000 Professional.

Expanded PowerCasting Increases Efficiency of Workstation Deployment
PowerCasting allows users to simultaneously deploy multiple workstations with the same image. With Drive Image Pro 3.01, PowerCasting is expanded to include up to 999 workstations in a single multicasting session. Drive Image Pro 3.01 also enables PowerCasting across Token Ring networks.

Drive Image Pro 3.01 may be installed under DOS, Windows 95/98, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows NT Workstation 3.51/4.0. The update will be available in English, German and French by mid-January through PowerQuest corporate resellers or directly from or by calling 1-800-379-2566 (in North America) or +1-801-437-8900. Current Drive Image Pro 3.0 customers should contact PowerQuest directly through the Web site or by phone for upgrades. Drive Image Pro 3.01 will be available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Chinese during the first quarter of 2000.

About PowerQuest
PowerQuest Corporation is a global provider of automated deployment and recovery solutions for corporations and individual users. Based on the company's Virtual Volume Imaging (V2i) technology and Active State Management (ASM) architecture, PowerQuest products and services simplify the management of storage throughout the technology lifecycle. PowerQuest products are available directly from the company and throughout a network of partners in more than 34 countries.

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