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PowerQuest Adds Support for Linux, Windows 2000 Professional in Drive Image 3.0

OREM, Utah, April 11, 2000 - PowerQuest® Corp., a leader in storage device management software, announces Drive Image® 3.0 with support for Windows 2000 Professional, Linux Ext2 and Linux SWAP file systems. The new version also includes support for large hard drives and faster compression.

Drive Image 3.0 allows users to create image files of entire hard drives or individual partitions of their drives. Images can be stored on a removable drive, secondary hard drive or a different partition until needed for data restoration or migration to a new drive. The software is also used to perform full system backups for disaster recovery.

Drive Image 3.0 is a robust, proven hard-drive imaging solution for data protection, reliable and easy backups, disaster recovery and upgrades.

Common Drive Image Scenario
As an example of how Drive Image is used, a computer user has a 27.3GB hard drive that has been formatted into two operating system partitions, three data partitions, and a backup partition. He wants to back up only the data partitions for safekeeping. The user creates an image of the data partitions and saves it to the backup partition. But before creating the image, he instructs Drive Image to span the image so it can be easily copied to CDs. After putting the image in the backup partition, he tells Drive Image to hide that partition so that another user can't accidentally delete it.

Several weeks later, data on one of the partitions becomes corrupt. The user launches Drive Image and has the program unhide the backup partition. He restores just the third data partition from the image file and within minutes is up and running.

"With its Windows' look and feel and the wizard-driven interface, Drive Image 3.0 eliminates the hassle and confusion most computer users experience when attempting to protect, backup, recover, or upgrade their computers," said Travis Lee, product line manager at PowerQuest. "It provides a simple and effective way for users of all experience levels to recover from computer disasters and gives users peace of mind that their data is safe."

Among its features, Drive Image 3.0 boasts the ability to view individual files within an image and select which file(s) to restore. Additionally, the Drive Image File Editor allows the user to selectively copy or delete partitions from an image file to create a new customized image.

For example, many employees have desktop computers at work and at home, and a laptop while traveling. A user, having several image files from the three computers, wanted to consolidate the needed partitions into fewer and smaller image files. They created a new empty image file within the Drive Image File Editor, then copied several partitions from different images into the empty image file. They also deleted older partitions that were no longer needed in several images. The resultant image files were spanned across several CDs, so files could be easily restored to either the laptop or desktop computer. The user was then able to restore individual files, folders, or entire partitions when needed from the image files contained on the CDs.

Additional SmartSector Support
SmartSector technology, the underlying power in Drive Image 3.0, has two distinct advantages over file-by-file methods. First, SmartSector reads the file allocation table or master file table, then reads each track only once, improving speed and accuracy, instead of moving back and forth between tracks as file-by-file methods do.

Second, SmartSector preserves the exact placement of file blocks or clusters ensuring hard drive and Windows optimizations are imaged and restored in their exact state. File-based solutions copy the data and then relocate clusters as they copy the files to the destination drive. SmartSector ensures that those copy-protected programs will operate properly after being restored to the destination drive.

Drive Image 3.0 creates image files for FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Linux Ext2, Linux SWAP, and HPFS file systems and has the ability to hide, unhide, delete, or set active disk partitions. These features are used when working with systems containing multiple partitions and operating systems. They provide the power to configure systems without having to exit Drive Image 3.0 and run other utilities.

Users may also protect an image file created with Drive Image 3.0 from a crash or from additional users by writing it to any partition and then hiding that partition. ImageShield®, a security feature which allows users to password protect important image files, is included in Drive Image 3.0.

Pricing & Availability
Drive Image 3.0 will be available by late-April for a suggested retail price of $69.95 (US) in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. Users may purchase the product through computer retail stores or via download from PowerQuest's Web site at https://order.powerquest.com/webstore/index.html.

As a bonus, PowerQuest is offering a complimentary copy of PowerQuest DataKeeper 3.0 English version. The bonus product can be downloaded in conjunction with the purchase and online registration of Drive Image 3.0. PowerQuest DataKeeper is an incremental data backup solution that automatically backs up designated data files, providing a solution to secure and maintain the availability of your most critical data. For non-English-speaking users, PowerQuest DataKeeper does not support extended characters in the filename, but completely protects and restores all data in those files.

Product System Requirements
Intel 386 SX compatible or higher; 16 MB RAM (32 MB required for FAT 32 or NTFS); 5 MB hard-disk space; Windows 2000 Professional, 95, 98, NT Workstation, 6.X DOS or OS/2; CD-ROM drive; 3.5 inch diskette drive; VGA or higher video support.

PowerQuest, Drive Image, SmartSector and ImageShield are trademarks or registered trademarks of PowerQuest Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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. www.powerquest.com


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