Access files on a saved disk image

Disk images can be used to completely restore a system after a crash, system failure, or virus attack Disk images are also useful for deploying multiple workstations or computers with the same settings.

Rather than configure each computer one by one, you can tune a system with the desired settings, create an image from the computer's disk system, and then deploy it to all other computers. Disk images are also a useful alternative for mailing CDs or physical DVDs, allowing developers to distribute installation discs over the Internet.

To back up entire hard disks or other logical disks, creating a disk image is one of the safest and reliable ways. A disk image is an exact sector-by-sector replica of a drive or any other type of media.

Disk images contain a single file, which can be compressed and stored on a hard disk. Depending on the settings you choose, the disk images can be saved with the file extension .img, dmg, .iso and more. R-Drive Image uses a proprietary business format with the .arc extension.

While most programs treat disk images as source hardware for recovering systems or backups you do not need to restore a disk image in its entirety each time. R-Drive Image, allows you to mount a .arc file as a virtual disk and copy files from that disk one by one without going through the long system restore process.

For example, say that you have just deployed an identical system in an IT department using a master disk image. months later, one of your workstations experiences a system crash that damages some vital printer drivers. The rest of the system works perfectly, You could restore the entire system from the original master disk image. Or you could connect the disk image as a virtual disk and take only the printer drivers you need, this task only takes a few minutes.

R-Drive Image allows you to process disk images exactly you would treat a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. You can mount it as a read-only drive that can be accessed by Windows Explorer or any other file-mining tool, without the inconvenience of burning a disk or cloning data to a removable storage device.

In summary, disk images allow you to create exact replicas of system disks and other drives or media These disk images can be restored by duplicating the original system as it was when you created the disk image.

Alternatively, you can mount the disk image as a read-only virtual disk and access the files one by one. Both techniques are valuable tools for data recovery, system administration, and technical support teams. The image makes it easy to create disk images, duplicate systems from a disk image, and access files in this disk image.