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  • Linear Imaging vs Runtime Imaging vs Multi-Pass Imaging

R-Studio Technician supports three types of object images:

  • Linear imaging: The drive is read from beginning to end by large blocks of disk sectors. When even one sector in the block appears bad, the entire block is treated as bad and either discarded or read sector-by-sector with significant loss of speed. The entire disk is imaged as a result. It's also possible to scan the drive during its imaging.
  • Runtime imaging: R-Studio Technician writes data obtained from the source object to the target object in parallel to other actions, including the opening of partitions, disk scanning, etc. All further access to the read data is performed from the target object. Only the necessary disk areas are imaged as a result.
  • Multi-pass imaging: The data is read in several phases while trying to process good sectors first and saving the slow or bad sectors for later. The maximum amount of good data is imaged as a result. If there are no bad sectors on the disk, it works like linear imaging. Drive scan is also possible during this imaging.

The following Table presents the advantages and disadvantages of these imaging types and our recommendations.

Linear Runtime Multi-pass
Advantages Fast for healthy drives. Drives can be scanned during their imaging. Very fast: it images only those drive areas that are necessary to recover required files.
You may start file recovery immediately in parallel with disk imaging.
Fast for healthy drives. Drives can be scanned during their imaging.
All problem areas are processed and all accessible data is extracted for faulty drives.
Drawbacks Slow for faulty drives. May get stuck on large bad block areas. Images are incomplete. Slow for faulty drives. It's necessary to wait for the imaging process to complete to proceed with further data recovery.
Recommendations Use it only for knowingly healthy drives. Use it for fast recovery. The best choice for all drives. If the drive is healthy, multi-pass imaging works like linear imaging. If there are some or many bad sectors on the drive, they will be processed accordingly.
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