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(Image)


Image Menu: [Image operations, create, restore, browse]

Browse IMZ compressed image ...

From main menu: Image -> Browse IMZ compressed image ...

Open a compressed (IMZ) image, and start BROWSE for file viewing or copying


    On selection this will open a 'file-open' dialog listing the
    COMPRESSED imagefiles (*.IMZ) present in the current directory.

    The file-dialog has controls to let you change the volume,
    directory and selection-wildcard to allow easy selection
    of any file accessible through a drive-letter.

    Selecting one of these will open it for BROWSING, either:

      - For an image with a FILESYSTEM (partition, volume),
        present a filemanager like display for the ROOT directory

      - For an image with a complete PARTITIONED DISK,
        present a list of all partitions (not just this image!),     and after selection one partition, starts a BROWSE
        session for the contained filesystem, if any.

    Using BROWSE, you can selectively COPY files from a compressed
    image, making these a good alternative for other backup solutions.

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Open (partition) imagefile ...

From main menu: Image -> Open (partition) imagefile ...

Open Compressed/RAW imagefile for analysis and browsing only, no restore!


    On selection this will open a 'file-open' dialog listing the
    RAW or COMPRESSED imagefiles present in the current directory.

    The file-dialog has controls to let you change the volume,
    directory and selection-wildcard to allow easy selection
    of any file accessible through a drive-letter.

    Selecting one of these will open it for further use and display
    the first sector of the imagefile.

    This is most useful to open PARTITION imagefiles, containing a
    filesystem, that can then be BRWOSED, or analysed on other ways

    Using BROWSE, you can selectively COPY files from a compressed
    partition image (.IMZ), making these a good alternative for
    other backup solutions.

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Create new Imagefile(s)

From main menu: Image -> Create new Imagefile(s)

Save RAW or compressed IMAGE-files, incl. size-limited files/removable media


    This submenu contains all menu-items related to creating IMAGES
    from objects like Disks, Partitions, Volumes or other Images.

    Imaging will make a sector-by-sector exact copy from the object
    to a binary file, wich can either be RAW or compressed.

    RAW images are often used for bootable diskette-images, while
    compressed images are good for backup purposes and can also be
    stored in multiple-files, each limited to a certain size to
    allow storage of the files on removable media like CD or DVD.
    Note that DFSee itself does NOT contain CD-burning software!

    SMART imaging helps in reducing the size of compressed images
    by skipping unused areas on the disk or partition completely.

    When creating an image backup for recovery purposes, where you
    want ALL sectors of a disk/partition to be represented in the
    image, make sure you do NOT specify the '-S' option.

    So, if you use the dialog do NOT change the default of:

           (x) Compressed
    to
           (x) Smart comp

    This way, deleted files or damaged filesystem structures will
    be part of the image and could be recovered from it later.

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from a Disk

From main menu: Image -> Create new Imagefile(s) -> from a Disk

Create RAW or Compressed imagefile from current or to-be-selected Disk

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will create one or more IMAGE files for (all or part of)
    a disk, to be selected in the next dialog ...

    Context sensitive help within the dialog will be related to the FILE
    dialog when in that area, and specific to imaging in the rest ...

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from a Partition

From main menu: Image -> Create new Imagefile(s) -> from a Partition

Create RAW or Compressed imagefile from current or to-be-selected Partition

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will create one or more IMAGE files for (al or part of)
    a partition, to be selected in the next dialog ...

    Context sensitive help within the dialog will be related to the FILE
    dialog when in that area, and specific to imaging in the rest ...

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from a Volume (diskette)

From main menu: Image -> Create new Imagefile(s) -> from a Volume (diskette)

Create RAW or Compressed imagefile from current or to-be-selected Volume


    This will create one or more IMAGE files for (all or part of)
    a volume (like a diskette), to be selected in the next dialog ...

    Context sensitive help within the dialog will be related to the FILE
    dialog when in that area, and specific to imaging in the rest ...

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from Current object

From main menu: Image -> Create new Imagefile(s) -> from Current object

Create RAW or Compressed imagefile from currently opened object, of any type


    This will create one or more IMAGE files for (all or part of)
    the CURRENT opened object, which can be any type.

    Context sensitive help within the dialog will be related to the FILE
    dialog when in that area, and specific to imaging in the rest ...

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IMZ from a RAW imagefile

From main menu: Image -> Create new Imagefile(s) -> IMZ from a RAW imagefile

Create IMZ compressed imagefile from an existing RAW image (.IMG, .HDD etc)


    This will create one or more compressed IMAGE files for an existing
    uncompressed RAW imagefile like a DFSee .IMG or SVISTA .HDD file.

    You first select the RAW image in an Open-file dialog, and then you
    can further specify the options for the compressed .IMZ imagefile to
    be created in the regular create-image dialog.

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RAW from an IMZ imagefile

From main menu: Image -> Create new Imagefile(s) -> RAW from an IMZ imagefile

Create RAW uncompressed imagefile from an existing IMZ compressed image


    This will create one uncompressed IMAGE file for an existing
    compressed IMZ imagefile (DFSee specific).

    The IMZ file may be part of a multiple, size-limited set of
    files to fit a CDROM or similar (.IMZ .002 .003 and so on).

    You first select the IMZ image in an Open-file dialog, and then
    you can further specify the options for the uncompressed RAW
    imagefile to be created in the regular create-image dialog.

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Restore/Compare imagefile(s)

From main menu: Image -> Restore/Compare imagefile(s)

Restore or Compare/Verify imagefiles to current or to-be-selected object


    This submenu contains all menu-items related to RESTORING or
    COMPARING images to objects like Disks, Partitions, Volumes
    or other Images.

    Images are sector-by-sector exact copies from an object
    in a binary file, wich can either be RAW or compressed.

    RAW images are often used for bootable diskette-images, while
    compressed images are good for backup purposes.

    Compressed images can be stored in multiple-files, each limited
    to a certain size to allow storage of the files on removable
    media like CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW.

     - RESTORE writes back data from the image to the (disk) object
     - COMPARE will check image data agains the data in the object
     - VERIFY  will only check the imagefile integrity, using CRC

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to a Disk

From main menu: Image -> Restore/Compare imagefile(s) -> to a Disk

Restore RAW or Compressed imagefile to current or to-be-selected Disk

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will RESTORE an imagefile or COMPARE an imagefile to (all or part of)
    a physical or virtual disk, to be selected in the next dialog ...

    Context sensitive help within the dialog will be related to the FILE
    dialog when in that area, and specific to imaging in the rest ...

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to a Partition

From main menu: Image -> Restore/Compare imagefile(s) -> to a Partition

Restore RAW or Compressed imagefile to current or to-be-selected Partition


    This will RESTORE an imagefile or COMPARE an imagefile to (all or part of)
    a partition, to be selected in the next dialog ...

    Context sensitive help within the dialog will be related to the FILE
    dialog when in that area, and specific to imaging in the rest ...

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to a Volume (diskette)

From main menu: Image -> Restore/Compare imagefile(s) -> to a Volume (diskette)

Restore RAW or Compressed imagefile to current or to-be-selected Volume


    This will RESTORE an imagefile or COMPARE an imagefile to (all or part of)
    a volume (like a diskette), to be selected in the next dialog ...

    Context sensitive help within the dialog will be related to the FILE
    dialog when in that area, and specific to imaging in the rest ...

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to Current object

From main menu: Image -> Restore/Compare imagefile(s) -> to Current object

Restore RAW or Compressed imagefile to currently opened object, of any type


    This will RESTORE an imagefile or COMPARE an imagefile to (all or part of)
    the currently selected object

    Context sensitive help within the dialog will be related to the FILE
    dialog when in that area, and specific to imaging in the rest ...

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Verify compressed image ...

From main menu: Image -> Verify compressed image ...

Verify the integrity of a (DFSee) compressed imagefile with verbose report

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will VERIFY the structural integrity of an imagefile, without
    actually restoring or comparing against any selected object.
    Internal structures including 32-bit CRC values are verified.

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Show info for an image ...

From main menu: Image -> Show info for an image ...

Show embedded header information for an IMZ compressed image, or size of RAW

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will display information from the embedded header for a
    DFSee IMZ compressed imagefile (single or one of a multi-file).

    For other files, like RAW images, it will just show the size

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Attach Image-file as a disk

From main menu: Image -> Attach Image-file as a disk

Attach TO DFSee disk-list, media like a RAW, Compressed or MemDisk diskimage


    This submenu allows you to attach a new partionable medium.

    A partionable medium is any medium known to DFSee that can
    be subdivided into partitions. All available partitionable
    media can be listed using the 'media' command or menu-item.

    Every medium available can be opened or used as a 'disk' in
    other DFSee commands or menu items.

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Raw disk image (.IMG)(.ISO)

From main menu: Image -> Attach Image-file as a disk -> Raw disk image (.IMG)(.ISO)

Attach a RAW imagefile as a disk, like a DFSee .IMG file, ISO or many others


    This will present a file-open dialog where a RAW image file
    containing a partitioned disk image can be selected.

    On selecting such a file, the RAW image will be opened and
    attached as a new partionable medium.

    This means the contents will be shown with the 'part' command
    and all other DFSee functionality for disks and partitions is
    available for the image ...

    This is extremely useful to analyse or work on RAW container
    files for virtual-machine products like SVISTA or Virtual Box.

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Compressed disk image (.IMZ)

From main menu: Image -> Attach Image-file as a disk -> Compressed disk image (.IMZ)

Attach a COMPRESSED (disk) imagefile as a disk, supports DFSee .IMZ only!

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will present a file-open dialog where a COMPRESSED image
    file containing a partitioned disk image can be selected.

    On selecting such a file, the COMPRESSED image will be opened
    and attached as a new partionable medium.

    This means the contents will be shown with the 'part' command
    and all other DFSee functionality for disks and partitions is
    available for the image ...

    This is useful to analyse or work on DFSee compressed full-disk
    images, for example to extract files using BROWSE

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VirtualBox disk image (.VDI)

From main menu: Image -> Attach Image-file as a disk -> VirtualBox disk image (.VDI)

Attach a VirtualBox (disk) imagefile as a disk, supports Base/Snapshot VDIs

Menu item screenshot(s)


    On selection this will open a 'file-open' dialog listing the
    VirtualBox diskimage (*.VDI) present in the current directory.

    The file-dialog has controls to let you change the volume,
    directory and selection-wildcard to allow easy selection
    of any file accessible through a drive-letter.

    For a VBox BASE VDI, this will add it as a new DISK, from
    which you can select a partition, and start a BROWSE session.

    For a (matching) SNAPSHOT VDI, it will automatically ADD this
    to the corresponding BASE VDI disk. To add a complete virtual
    disk, you should first open the BASE VDI, then all snapshots
    in the correct order, oldest to newest.

    When a snapshot VDI selected does NOT match any of the already
    opened BASE VDI disks, it will be opened as if it was a BASE

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