3.3.3 Creating a Raw Disk Image

A Raw Disk Image is a mirror copy of your entire logical drive or physical device stored as set of files. It may be a good idea to create a Raw Disk Image for a drive containing deleted files that you want to recover, if you have enough space on another drive. If you do something wrong while attempting to recover a partition, you will be able to recover these deleted files and folders from the Raw Disk Image of that partition.
Depending on disk image creation settings, a Raw Disk Image consists of a configuration file (with an extension .DIM) and a single file chunk, or set of files having extensions .000, .001, .002 ... (each file chunk has a size of 2GB in this case).
 
Important:  Do not save a Raw Disk Image back onto the disk that you are backing up. The target location to save the Raw Disk Image must always be another drive.

To create a Raw Disk Image:

  1. In the Active@ Partition Recovery workspace, select a logical drive or a physical device.
  2. Click Image. The Create Disk Image dialog box appears.
  3. In the Save In drop-down list, select another physical device or another logical drive.
  4. Browse to the folder where you want to save the Disk Image.
  5. In File Name, give the Disk Image file a descriptive name.
  6. Click Save. A progress bar appears.
    Watch the progress and wait while drive's contents are copied to the new location. You may cancel the process of image creation anytime by clicking Stop.