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Save 60% on everything during the O&O Cyber Monday Week

So there are plenty of Defrag and Internet cache cleaning tools out there, but if you don’t already have something in your toolbox, then O&O is offering a sweet deal. You can pick up their highly usable Defrag tool or go All-In and grab a PowerPack which features Defrag, SafeErase, DiskImage and AutoBackup.

Since I already have CCleaner Professional Plus, I’m covered on most fronts, however, the PowerPack is still a great bundle since you get O&O DiskImage which I use to make an image of my C:\ drive on a weekly basis and AutoBackup which I use to sync external hard drives. The PowerPack is a 3 computer license so that’s nice.

If you want to just grab an individual product, you still get 60% off. If you don’t have it, I would say invest in O&O DiskImage. It works extremely well, and I’ve used it to restore a failed drive and was back up and running pretty quickly. The copy process took a long time since I was using 3TB drives, but that’s just the amount of data to copy and has nothing to do with the software.

Pretty good deal and last through the end of the month. Use coupon CYBERWEEK15 at www.oo-software.com

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Black Friday Deals for O&O Software Products. 50% Off Entire Catalog

The Black Friday Specials are coming in faster than I can read/delete them. A couple of good ones caught my eye like the entire O&O Software catalog on sale for 50% Off. That is a pretty sweet deal considering it covers O&O Defrag, O&O DiskImage, O&O SafeErase and others. These guys make some really good software not only to keep your system running smoothly, but to resurrect it from the dead if something goes wrong. O&O DiskImage is a personal favorite of mine to take snapshots of the entire drive so all I have to do is boot from the Recovery CD and restore the image. I’ve actually had to do this more than once and it’s incredibly easy to use and restored all my files perfectly. I currently have DiskImage cloning the drive in my main machine and putting the image file on a data disk.

Click the link below and add whatever items you want to the cart, each will get the sale price.

Save 50% on O&O Software Products

You can also still get the Autumn Bundle which includes:

O&O Defrag
O&O CleverCache
O&O AutoBackup
O&O MediaRecovery
O&O SafeErase

If you don’t need all those or already have some, go for the mix and match option.

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O&O DiskImage Pro 8.5 on Sale for $14

I got this as an email, O&O DiskImage Pro is on sale for a mere $14. O&O is one of those tools that allows you to backup the files on your machine as well as clone the entire drive. One of the cool features is you can make a backup of a drive and then mount that file like it was drive. Even if the drive is gone you can still work with it like it was installed. I’ve also used DiskImage to clone a drive before I  did a replacement. I upgraded from a small 500GB drive to a massive 3TB system drive and I was able to transfer the entire OS and all my apps without incident. I probably should have just reinstalled, but I figured it would be more fun to risk everything and just clone the whole machine. Funny thing is, it worked no problem.

I’ve also used Acronis True Image and I’m not sure which is better. They both work really well so I would say it’s a matter of getting whichever one is on sale. If you’re looking for some backup and imaging software, O&O DiskImage Pro is a good choice. The sale ends soon so you need to act fast.

If DiskImage isn’t quite your thing, you can use the coupon code – H6D-RHT-INT – to get a 15% discount of whatever you want.

New features of O&O DiskImage 8.5 Pro at a glance:
 
– Easier to use
– Reliable Images
– Backups are created automatically
– Backup files, file types, drives or your entire PC with just the push of a button
– Now supports EFI/UEFI systems as well as BIOS
– Quick backup of e.g. whole music collections with integrated file backup
– Have your old system restored any time you want, including operating system, applications, files and settings
– Integration of ISO files as virtual drives
– Great Price (won the "Good Buy" prize in comparison test from PC Magazine issue 1/2012)
– Create Windows Boot CD directly from within O&O DiskImage
– Compatible with Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP
– Compatible with all previous versions of O&O DiskImage

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Free Copy of O&O DriveLED for Easter, plus a coupon

O&O Software has an Easter Egg on their site that gives you a free license to O&O DriveLED v4.0. Since it’s an Easter Egg you have to go searching for it. But where to start? Actually, it’s not that hard. Let your fingers do the walking and let the site help you out. Maybe you could do a search for "Easter Egg" and see what comes back.

While you’re out there you can use the coupon code "EASTER2012" to save 30% off anything in the online store. Not a bad deal.

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Converting A Physical Hard Drive To A Virtual Hard Disk

At first glance the project seemed easy – clone the physical hard drive inside a server and restore it into VirtualBox so as to use the virtual copy. Turns out, it doesn’t work the way I envisioned it in my head. All the latest software made promises of one-click cloning and on the fly conversion to VHD. But in the end, after three days of trying, I’m scrapping this project. I just can’t seem to get it to work.

I tried using the latest software like O&O DiskImage 6, which listed VHD as one of the output formats. Well, it outputs to VHD alright, but that image doesn’t load. I cloned the drive without incident, but for the life of me I can’t that server to boot in a virtual environment. I created a VHD, I restored to a new VDI, I installed a new OS and tried the restore from there, I used a boot CD and restored from there. Not one of these methods would actually produce a working system. I can lay down the data to a data drive and see all the content with no problem, but no matter which process I use I can’t seem to get a bootable clone of my server. I admit, I’m not the sharpest knife in the things that holds knives, but I can’t for the life of me see what I’m doing wrong. I’ve been trying for three days and have called it quits.

This was supposed to be a simple task, a 3-4 hour job that would transport the server from the physical realm to the virtual one. With the amount of time I’ve wasted I could have installed a new server, installed all the frameworks and rebuilt everything from scratch, which is exactly what I’m going to do. I wanted a clone so I could perform maintenance with minimal downtime. If I had to rebuild the damn thing, I might as well start over and do a full blown upgrade.It’s not what I had in mine, but when all else fails, reinstalled is the best option.

If anyone knows the right process, the right software, the right way to hold your fingers to clone a drive and get it to load in VirtualBox, please let me know. I’m dying to know how it’s done. It’s sort of like a magic trick, I want to know how the cool kids do it.

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