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PowerQuest Adds CD-R and CD-R/W Support, Continuous Data Backup to Drive Image 4.0

Extended Media Support, Inclusion of PowerQuest DataKeeper Expand Usefulness of Disaster Recovery Software to Day-to-Day Functionality

OREM, Utah - Sept. 18, 2000 - PowerQuest® Corp., a provider of proven solutions for storage management, announces the release of Drive Image® 4.0, the newest version of the company's fast, complete solution for system backup and recovery. Drive Image 4.0 further simplifies the backup process by adding the ability to write images directly to CD-R and CD-R/W devices and adds another level of protection for users? important data by including continuous data backup with PowerQuest DataKeeper.

"Being able to write directly to a CD-R or a CD-R/W without having to make a separate partition for images is very handy," said Michael P. Smith, Owner/CEO of Steco Corporation in Little Rock, Arkansas. "PowerQuest technology saves me on follow up problems with systems for outside parties."

Drive Image uses SmartSector® technology to create an exact, sector-by-sector image of a hard drive, enabling a user to easily restore hard drive resources in the event of damage or disaster to the system. Image files can be stored to a separate drive partition, on a Jaz or Zip disk, secondary hard drive, other removable media device, or directly to an IDE, SCSI or ATAPI CD-R or CD-R/W drive.

"Drive Image allows you to choose the media that best suits your backup and recovery needs, whether it be another hard drive, a network drive or removable media," says Anne Vincenti, director of product management for PowerQuest. "Drive Image lets you rest easy knowing that if any problems occur, your computer can be restored to its exact working state with just a click of a button."

New to Drive Image 4.0
The ability to save images directly to CD-R and CD-R/W extends options for storing an image file. Drive Image 4.0 works with IDE, SCSI or ATAPI drives that are Multi-Media Command Set version 2 (MMC-2) compliant, which includes most newer drives. This excludes CD-R and CD-R/W drives connected via USB, parallel port and PCMCIA. Drive Image will estimate the size of the image file to ensure adequate disk space or removable media for the backup. Images can be spanned across multiple CD-R/W disks.

With the addition of PowerQuest DataKeeper, users can now combine hard drive imaging with continuous data monitoring. PowerQuest DataKeeper continuously monitors file activity in the background and supports compressed backups on the fly. Once a user configures the program, backups will be created automatically each time a file is modified. This allows users to have incremental versions of documents between complete system images or backups, adding another layer of protection to the user's data.

Drive Image 4.0 is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows (including Windows 2000 Professional and Millennium).

Other Key Features
Key features included in Drive Image 4.0 from previous versions include:

  • SmartSector imaging, which provides an exact hard drive image, including all optimizations and customizations. SmartSector imaging also reduces the time required to create and restore images over file-by-file imaging.

  • Media spanning, allowing images to be spanned across removable media such as Jaz, Zip, CD-R/W or other storage media.

  • Compression options, which gives the user control over the compression level of the hard drive image for greater time savings in imaging and restoring the drive.

  • Windows look and feel and a Wizard-driven interface for greater ease of use.

Product System Requirements
Intel 486DX or higher; 16 MB RAM (32 MB for FAT32 or hard disks larger than 4 GB); 20 MB free hard-disk space; Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0 Workstation, Millennium, 2000 Professional, or DOS (5.0 or later); VGA or higher video support; 3.5 inch diskette and CD-ROM.

Pricing and Availability
Drive Image 4.0 will be available at the end of September for a suggested retail price of U.S. $69.95. Languages supported include 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

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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