Free O&O DiskImage 4 Professional!

Update: This promotion seems to be no longer open.

Yesterday I discussed how to get O&O DiskStat 2 Professional for free. However, it seems like many dotTechies are not interested in O&O DiskStat 2 Professional. Hopefully, this promotion of O&O DiskImage 4 Professional will generate more interest!

O&O DiskImage 4 Professional is a commercial image backup software (the latest version is currently v5 and it costs $29.95). These is an overview of the features of O&O DiskImage 4 Professional as per the developer:

dotTechies who are O&O fans may know that O&O offers a freeware “Express” version of DiskImage 4 also. Here is a chart that explains the differences between Express and Professional:

To get O&O DiskImage 4 Professional for free, follow these simple directions:

Supported OS: Windows 2000 Professional/XP/Vista/Win7

Version being given out for free: v4.1 Build 65

Free updates: No

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail you registered with. There should be an e-mail from “O&O Register <register@oo-software.com>” with the subject of “Your free license of O&O DiskImage 4 Professional Edition”. In the e-mail you will find your registration information:

Keep this registration information safe because you will need it soon.

NOTE: If you do not have the above mentioned e-mail, please be patient. For me the e-mail did not arrive instantly. It took a few minutes – about 5 – for the e-mail to arrive for me.

  • Download (32-bit version | 64-bit version) and install O&O DiskImage 4 Professional (16.2 MB download).
  • After installation, run O&O DiskImage 4 Professional and register it with the registration information you received via e-mail:

  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting O&O DiskImage 4 Professional, post below and I will try to help.

Thanks Zhrmrn!

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24 comments

  1. RobCr

    Yes, do NOT buy ENCASED external drives.

    Get one of those external Docking thingy’s that will take a (normally internal) SATA drive.
    They usually can take any size drive (3.5 or 2.5), and any capacity.
    The drive just pushes into it, and the drive stands vertically (in the nice cool air).
    They connect to your PC, via USB cable, and some even have esata connector.
    My PC’s are 2004 and not SATA. However they quite happily accept SATA drives in the Docking thingy.
    SATA is now half the price of IDE(PATA) drives.

    The Docking thingy’s only cost about $30 Aust.

  2. Sunny

    @Joji

    Don’t fall too deeply in love with Seagate external drives. They can be very fickle partners. There’s been a raft of bad press over their failure within first 18 mths of use, and often within first couple of months. A lot of it due to burning out of various bits and pieces thru overheating and poor venting. They used to be superb and we only bought Seagates during the early years. Not so now.

    Also imaging can take half a day as you suspect. I used Paragon System Backup recently to backup the whole drive and it took 4 hours. Paragon’s Backup & Recovery took 11 hours. I was running it off the bootable CD, so that may have been the problem. Not sure.

  3. mike

    How to use Seagate/Maxtor DiskWizard on ANY drive: Solution is when the “No Seagate/Maxtor drive detected error” screen appears, press and hold the “Alt” key, then type the two letters “to” (for tech override), then click the “OK” button. Then DiskWizard opens fine. Have an external Seagate drive and when its not attached this is the workaround solution for DiskWizard to open. Direct from the Seagate tech support forum.

    http://forums.seagate.com/t5/DiscWizard-and-MaxBlast/Using-DiscWizard-MaxBlast-to-back-up-non-Seagate-internal-hard/m-p/25406
    Thanks to RobCr comment above for helping me find this.

  4. Joji

    @RobCr: I have Seagate. In fact I LOVE Seagate. I’m deaply in love with it. XD

    LoL, I just like how it comes with its own, simple, backup program, and how you can manage other Seagate drivers when plugged in.

    Unlike other brands like Western Digital, you got to PAY just to get that backup software… so troublesome! And installing this and that take so long, while Seagate is just 2 minutes and your’e done!

    ~Joji~

  5. jumbi

    I like o&o soft, thanks all for sharing!

    If the CD is missing or its extra charge, this is no good at all, because when the panic appears after a big problem, the CD is the first unconsious psychological weapon :-)

  6. TS

    Thanks for the info.
    But without the CD, this is useless IMO.

    Note:

    If you want to restore your entire system or a system partition, you will have to start your computer using the Start CD of O&O DiskImage. This CD is based on Windows PE and comes with a whole range of functions and system rescue tools. You can purchase this CD separately in our Online Shop for just a small handling and production charge of £6.99.

  7. o(o.o)o

    I tried this software before although couldn’t recall if it was version 5 or 4. One thing that should be mentioned is that taking backups (full or incremental) takes quite a while compared to Macrium or even Paragon.

  8. RobCr

    The following is FREE, provided that you have a Seagate drive.
    If you don’t have a Seagate drive, then you should have one.
    The Seagate drive does not need to be the one being imaged,
    It only has to be connected somehow, so that the following program can see you have one.
    EG Have a Seagate drive in an external USB case (or Docking thingy), and use that to place you image on to.
    The program is Seagate DiscWizard -
    http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/discwizard
    It is based from Acronis, but Seagate have made it pretty simple and robust.
    You just run it from a bootable CD
    (There should be a law saying, that is the only way to image a drive.)

  9. Ron

    @PeterB:
    The lack of a boot CD included with the software was the first thing I noticed this morning. I fell over laughing when I saw O&O was prepared to sell me the Boot CD that should have been included with software. TI does include making a Boot CD. One of the reasons I own all versions from TI 7 to TI 2010+TI 2010 for Netbooks!

  10. Joji

    Ashraf, Ashampoo recently made a new program! It’s called “Ashampoo MyAutoPlay Menu”. It’s a software where you can make a menu screen for anything you can imagine of!

    You can a menu screen for the following:
    -files
    -pictures
    -audio
    -videos
    -games
    -and a whole lots more!

    It’s really easy to use, and it has like tons of nice templates… just download it, install it, and test it for 40 days for FREE!

    Note that it’s still under BETA so if you feel this new software is lacking some features, then fill out a “BETA Report” under the “?” tab.

    That’s what I did…

    Here’s the link for their new software: http://tiny.cc/ashampoo_myautoplay_menu

    ~Joji~

  11. Sam

    It might seem silly to ask this, but is this program better than some of the free back-up programs, like Macrium Reflect, Paragon Backup, Easues Todo, or DriveImage XML? I just read Ashraf’s review on those 4 free programs, and then I saw this post.

    My first thought was something that you normally have to pay should obviously be better than free stuff, but I’ve heard of the other programs before whereas I’ve never even heard of O&O Disk before. Advice appreciated :)

  12. PeterB

    Hello :)

    I just installed this in virtualbox.
    I tried making an image of my C: drive (win xp).
    the result was that there was 2 error, because the drive could not be locked.
    When the job was done, it told me that there was some inconsistence with the backup. I checked the log, but it did not tell me which files it missed, only those that is ignored by default by the program.
    The program has an option to mount the backup file as a drive. I tried but the program just showed an error code and would not allow me to see my data.

    There is no recovery media included with this imageTool. So in case of your PC crashes (non bootable), you will have to reinstall your OS, then install DiskImage 4 Pro (DI4) again to recover the image you have created earlier.
    That is not very smart.
    In the email with my registration, I have an option to buy the recovery disk for 7 punds. But I aint going to buy it. I’m not even going to let this program take care of my data. it is just not good enough. DI4 only supports up to Vista.

    So to all that wants a great free image program (non-commercial use), skip to my last remark. But now, it is time to answer some questions.

    To @Ron
    stick with your Acronis TI 2010 (v.13). It’s very good(bought it myself, but i use Paragon’s.)
    BTW, acronis is a bit faster than Paragons.
    Supports up to win 7.

    To @JJSlider
    Stick with your Paragon Drive Backup 9 Pro (DB9).
    DB9 and DiskImage 4 both support up to vista. but at least there is a recover disk with DB9.
    I used to use DB9pro from an earlier offer from giveawayoftheday, but I just won DB10 Pro which I use now. In DB9, the Linux-based recovery disk is just as good as the winpe-based.
    Only in the DB10 there is a difference. In the linux-based, it is missing the adjust OS P2P option, which is included in the winpe-based.

    DB9 also allows you to just backup the MBR, the first sector on your harddisk. DI4 is missing that.
    DB9 also allows you to edit/save every sector on your HDD.
    The best part i think, is the backup capsule in DB9.
    it allows you to hide a partition, only containing backups. It also enables you to recover without a recovery disk, by pressing F6 (i think it’s F6) during boot up, and you can recover right from there. This is not in DI4 either.

    To @Joji
    To the first part, the answer is yes.
    Then you say: ” When it does, it will take half a day to do that. “. If you mean that it takes half a day to backup, then no, only 10 minutes or restore for that matter.
    But if you are just saying that you use half a day to reinstall it all again, then okay.
    To the last part, yes it restores everything back as it was at the time you took the backup. :)

    To @vhick
    Yes Paragon HDM SE 9.5 is a combination tool, a partitioning tool and a Backup tool. You get the best of both worlds with that one. supports up to Vista. Stick with it.

    The best free image tool, I would recommend Paragon Backup & Recovery 10.1 Free Edition. It has a recovery disk, and supports from win2000 up to Win 7. There is a 32bit and a 64bit version.
    You can read about it and get it here: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

  13. Marco

    I just finished installing and uninstalling O&O DiskImage 4 Professional because 1st it refused to start on my system and 2nd how good is a backup image without a bootable CD to restore it in case of your system won’t start. There should at least be a bootable CD image…

  14. alan

    @Joji:

    If my system is trashed and unbootable, I plug in my Acronis Boot CD, switch on my external drive with Acronis image files, and 6 minutes later I am back in operation, just as at the time I made the image. The only difference is that every file and folder is fully defragged and all free space is at the end of the partition.
    Many “free” image systems do not include a boot CD,
    and can only restore an image if the existing system is functional.
    What is a “Boot CD” for Acronis may well be the “Bare Metal” facility of O&O professional vs Express
    Alan

  15. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @JJSlider: I have reviewed Paragon Drive Backup but as I mentioned to Ron, I am not a user of DiskImage and I really havn’t “reviewed” it so I can only give you a “gut feeling” so to speak. If you already have Paragon Drive Backup then it doesn’t matter to you that the download size for Paragon is 10x that of O&O, so I would say stick with Paragon Drive Backup simply because it has more features – the bootable media most notably (I believe you need to order a boot disk from O&O which is free but you need to pay shipping for it).

    @Joji: Something like that, although it shouldn’t take that long to do either task. Read http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/7985 for more info.

    @vhick: Cool. Thanks for the feedback.

  16. Joji

    So let me get this straight. This is a backup software that takes a snapshot of my hard drive, and snapshot means it copies all the registry and files to like a backup folder in a removable device.

    When it does, it will take half a day to do that. When my computer gets all screwed up and have to re-image it, I can restore everything back by bringing all my files back and all my paid programs which needed product keys will still work because today’s freebie backed uped the registry.

    Did I get that right?

    ~Joji~