By Teresa / Last Updated September 22, 2017

About DriveImage XML

DriveImage XML is a program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives in Windows operating systems. One can use DriveImage XML to backup drives, browse files, restore images, copy from drive to drive, image compression, and schedule automatic backups using Windows Task Manager. Its image creations use Microsoft Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create “hot images”. This program provides two different versions for its users, Private edition and Commercial edition. The Private edition of DriveImage XML can only be installed on user’s home PC, meaning it cannot be used commercially. There is no tech support for the Private edition, either. DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows Server 2003/2008.

DriveImage XML

Why need DriveImage XML alternative?

DriveImage XML actually is kind of handy imaging utility, yet there still have many DriveImage XML alternatives on the website. Generally speaking, there are some limitations that DriveImage XML cannot bring to its users comparing to regular imaging software. First of all, you cannot run DriveImage XML in latest Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016 currently, which means it doesn’t keep abreast of lately technology, on Windows OS at least. It is used to image partitions and logical drives instead of the entire disk, so you cannot backup the whole disk with it.

What’s more, as mentioned before, you cannot use the Private edition for commercial use and cannot get support from them unless you purchase the Commercial edition. They said go and find the solution on the documentation or search the Internet for the problem on their website. It is like they give you the product and instructions and then abandon you. Besides, DriveImage provides restoring your data to partition that is exactly the same size or larger regardless of the data size. It is quite inconvenient since mostly users want to restore or move system to smaller SSD nowadays.

Free alternative to DriveImage XML

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a DriveImage XML like software but with more powerful features. This software has almost all functions that in DriveImage XML. It is free for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and their previous versions. You might want its Server edition specialized for Windows Server if you’re running one. You are able to backup system drive, backup partitions, and backup disk and restore all of them later using AOMEI Backupper. It will perform incremental backup by default.

In addition, it supports backup to NAS, external hard drive, shared network, OneDrive, Google Drive etc. You are able to configure auto backup and schedule backup with AOMEI Backupper. Likewise, this software can create images using VSS, and when the VSS goes wrong, it offers you its built-in technique to keep backing up without interrupting. It also offers you system clone, disk clone, and partition/volume clone options when you want to upgrade the bad hard disk to a better one. Download it to schedule backup your PC.

Schedule backup entire disk with AOMEI Backupper

Step1. Install and start Drive Image alternative AOMEI Backupper. If you want to backup disk to external hard drive, connect it with your PC first and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Click Backup and then Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step2. Select the source disk you want to back up from.

Select source disk

Add source disk

Step3. Select the destination path you want to backup to, external hard drive, Share/NAS, or another partitions.

Destination path

Step4. ClickSchedule to set regular backup plans just like in DriveImage XML.

Schedule Settings

Step5. Click Start Backup.

Start Backup

Tips: You can custom configure compress level, VSS mode, backup image’s password, and incremental backup in Backup Options.

It is very easy to use DriveImage XML alternative to back up your entire disk. AOMEI Backupper allows you to create bootable media and backup hard drive without booting Windows as well. You can restore system images to computers that have dissimilar hardware, too. You are allowed to clone hard drive with bad sectors using this software when you find the old disk damaged and want to replace it.