TeraByte Image for Windows 2.51a is a drive image backup and restore solution that's almost elegant in its simplicity.

The company offers no installation disks - you have to download it from the TeraByte site, where you'll find a fully functioning 30 day trial version. TeraByte also includes support for DOS and Linux disk formats.

After launching , you're presented with a basic screen, where you can choose to back up (full or changes only), restore (automatic or manual), validate or copy. There is also a link to a settings screen where you can make changes to an application. Here you can, for example, change the level of compression or password-protect the image file.

Most users will need to do a full backup only the first time and then back up changes for each subsequent use. Both procedures are very simple: TeraByte Image for Windows 2.51a prompts you to tell it what to back up, when to back up, where you want the backup to go and what options you want (password, compression level, etc).

One interesting option is called Phylock, which stands for physical lock. Phylock's job is to prevent other applications from writing to the hard drive during a backup - that way no changes are missed during the backup process. The idea here is to prevent data corruption, but the concept may be a little confusing for users who don't need to know the technicalities.

Image for Windows does have several advanced features, placed in supplemental applications included with the productbut accessed separately. For example, there's TBIView, used to open image files created by Image for Windows, and then select individual files for copying or accessing. You'll also find applications for burning images to DVD or CD, and creating rescue disks.

Performance proved to be quite good. We were able to back up our 70GB of data from a highly fragmented hard drive to a USB external drive in about an hour and 40 minutes, where Acronis True Image Home took two hours. Subsequent backups only took a few minutes using the ‘Backup (changes only)' option.

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TeraByte Image for Windows 2.51a: Specs

  • Windows (all versions), DOS, Linux
  • Windows (all versions), DOS, Linux


Compared to other imaging products, Image for Windows is very basic. It seems that TeraByte took the approach of keeping the main application simple for new users, while keeping the advanced capabilities separate. That way, anyone can use the product, while advanced users can hunt for the features that they want. if you're looking for technical flexibility and a simple interface, then TeraByte should be your choice.