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An image is an exact, byte by byte, copy of any object on the Drives panel . When created, images can be processed like their original objects.

Images are very useful if there is a risk of total data loss due to hardware malfunction. If bad blocks are constantly appearing on a hard drive, you must immediately create an image of this drive.

While creating images, R-Linux can simultaneously perform disk scan and save scan information to lessen time necessary to process the disk.

All data search, scan and restoring can be done from this image.

To create an image ,

1 Select an object on the R-Linux 's Drives panel and click the Create Image button

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2 Specify image options, a file name, and destination for the image on the Create Image dialog box

Note: To store an image file, you need a free space equal to at least the object size.

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Create Image dialog box

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Create Image dialog box

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Create Image dialog box

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> R-Linux will start creating the image, the Progress message showing the progress.

You may change some options during the imaging process. Click the Options button and change them as necessary.

You may stop the imaging process and then resume it later on. Click the Stop button and the Cancel drive operation dialog box will appear. Select Stop if yo want to keep the partially created image or Discard if you don't need this image file.

To resume the creation of the image for the same object, select the same file name for the image. You'll be able to create a new image file or continue to create the image for the object.

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Resuming image creation

R‑Studio for Linux will create a new file for every new start of imaging for the .rdi file type.

To process an already created Image , the image file should be opened.

To open an image

1 Click the Open Image button , or

Select Open Image File on the Drive menu

2 Select the required image file
> An Image object will appear on the Drives panel

Depending whether this is a byte-by-byte , compressed ( R-Drive Image compatible), or multi-volume , image, its appearance in the Drives panels is different.

You may perform all data search, scan, and recovery from this image as it were a regular drive/​disk object.


To close an image

* Select the image and click the Close Image button,

or right-click the image and select Close Image on the shortcut menu

or select the image and press the F8 key.


To close all image

* Select Close All Images on the Tools menu


A logical disk (or disks) containing in an image can be mounted in the operating system as a device which makes its content accessible to any program including any other data recovery software.