If you opt for the professional edition, that adds in-depth backup scheduling, a Recovery Manager utility that lets you restore files to multiple machines, support for multiple drives, and more. But it does not offer the straight disk-copy capability available in Drive Image's $69.95 edition, though you can still use the Image Explorer utility to browse the contents of your image. The professional edition of Drive Image 2002 sells for $179.95.
The bottom lineIf you want to create an exact image of your entire hard drive, Drive Image 2000 lets you do it for $69.95. It's available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms. Drive Image makes it easy to restore just files, or you can restore the entire hard drive. Drive Image's wizards also guide you through the process. Acronis True Image, on the other hand, costs $119.95, and provides a straight-disk copy capability, file-restoring automation, and a wizard that guides you through the process. If you have a Windows XP CD or DVD in your drive, you can use Drive Image to create a bootable CD or DVD from your backed-up files. 827ec27edc