DriveImage is an amazing free disk image software[ Acronis True Image & Norton Ghost alternative ]
When your computer crashes and could not boot up, or it’s infected by virus, it’s a good idea to restore it from an image which is saved on an external drive such as USB flash disk or CDs/DVDs through a disk image software, thus you do not have to spend a whole day to reinstall operating system and other software, change customization settings, etc.
DriveImage XML is a free and reliable partition/disk imaging software, you could create the image of system partition or restore it from image files in a few minutes with it, it’s easy to use and lightweight, you can even install it to a WinPE disc, boot the system from CD-ROM and launch DriveImage.
The installer’s size is only 1.78MB.
Supports sector by sector copy.
It can split the image files to 650MB for CD disc.
Backup logical drives and partitions to image files.
Browse the images, view and extract files.
Restore the images to the same or a different drive.
Copy directly from drive to drive.
Image creation uses Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe “hot images” even from drives currently in use.
Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools, so you’ll never again be stuck with a useless backup.
Restore images to drives without having to reboot.
DriveImage XML also runs from a WinPE boot CD-ROM.
Offers two different compression levels.
Supports these file systems: FAT12/FAT16/FAT32/NTFS.
Supports Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Vista.
You should run it as administrator via the right-click context menu.