Although Windows 10 itself includes system or partition backup and recovery functions, many people still want to replace it with more convenient and practical third-party backup tools due to its lack of convenient operation, strong dependency on the system, relatively large backup files and other shortcomings. Then, DriveImage XML is a software that is worth a try.
We first download DriveImage XML (download address: http://www.runtime.org/dixmlsetup.exe). After launching the software, you can see an overview of its features in the welcome screen (Figure 1). We can use the software not only for backup and recovery of hard disks and partitions, but also for drive copying and direct browsing of files within images. The software uses Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to create backup images in Windows and can create backups in the currently active system environment without rebooting. It can also be integrated in a boot disk (e.g. BarPE) for standalone use.
When we want to perform a full backup of a partition with DriveImage XML, first click on the Backup tab to launch the backup window, select the partition to be backed up, then click on the Next button and follow the wizard instructions to complete the backup. The backup will generate two files: one with the extension .XML, which contains the drive description information, and the other with the extension .DAT, which contains the binary data of the image file (Figure 2).
If you need to restore the backup image file, click the Restore tab, select the target partition to restore, then click the Next button to select the backup file and follow the wizard to restore it. We can also choose to restore the image to the same or a different partition or drive (Figure 3). If you are doing a backup and restore of the system partition, it will backup and restore the entire operating system as well as the installed programs, user settings, registry, etc.
Besides using the software for partition backup and recovery, we can also directly copy all the contents of one drive to another drive species in its entirety. Click on the Drive to Drive tab in the left column, and then select the original drive to be copied, from the right side. Then click the Next button, select the target drive and perform the copy operation (Figure 4).
In addition, we can also use the Image Explorer included with DriveImage XML software to open previously created backup images and extract files. Click on the Browse tab in the left column, then click Load to load the XML file and the software will automatically open the accompanying image DAT file, after which you can perform file operations in the window.
If you find it troublesome to perform backups manually each time, or if you are worried about forgetting to perform backups on time, you can also create an automatic backup schedule task. Click Task Scheduler under the Tools menu and follow the instructions in the wizard window to create it using the command line format as shown in the figure (Figure 5).