Laplink Laptop Giveaway – Do you think you won?

Have you been holding your breath wondering if you’ll be one of the lucky two to win a BODACIOUS Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptop? Well, soon you’ll be able to breathe again because we will be selecting the TWO winners NEXT WEEK!!! And we are giving you not one but TWO gifts this lovely Friday morning.

  1. We are EXTENDING the contest ONE more day! It will now end at 11:59 pm PT on Monday, Nov. 15th. I know I know you want to win NOW, but this gives you one more day to get as many entries into the contest as you can, so don’t be lazy because it is your LAST chance.
  2. Check this out! We are offering you $10 off Laplink DiskImage™ ($39.95 regularly) with code: ContestDI2010 until Sunday night at 11:59 pm PT so you can use it and tell us what you think

So… Do you think you’ll win? Have you been obsessing over this for the past month, I know some of you have…

Removing the Haze

There has been much discussion about PCmover Image Assistant™ and what it is capable of doing and how it differs from other PCmover products such as PCmover Professional™. The fact of the matter is that PCmover Image Assistant solves a gap in the imaging technology currently available on the market today. To help clarify, we will explain the two scenarios that the software is best used for below.

SCENARIO #1

  • Your computer crashes, but the hard drive still functions.  Use PCmover Image Assistant to restore all or some of theprograms, files and settings from that hard drive to a new PC even if the new PC is running a different version of Windows®. For example, the old PC might have been running XP and the new PC has Windows 7. Nothing on the new PC will be overwritten and all your applications are transferred and installed ready-to-use. No need to reinstall and no need to find old serial numbers.  The only caveat here is that the old hard drive must be accessible on the new PC and PCmover Image Assistant will do the rest.

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Hard Drive Hero

Laplink has solved another major problem that technology advancements have created, it goes by the name of PCmover Image Assistant, and we just released it. To date disk imaging software has fallen short. As technology has advanced, more operating systems (Including Windows 7) have arrived. When Windows 7 was released and integrated into nearly every new PC on the market, everyone’s old disk images were rendered useless. This is because if you use imaging software to restore say an XP image to a Windows 7 PC, the software will overwrite your new OS with the old one making your purchase a complete waste of money (Who wants to explain that to their spouse?…). Not to mention, you have now lost all of your programs, files and settings on the new PC. PCmover Image Assistant solves this dilemma and will calm the worries of many PC users. Continue reading

Demystifying The Disk Image

There is little that rivals the mystique of disk imaging. If you perform an internet search of the term “disk imaging,” you’ll find that though imaging products may be large in number, there is very little information available on how they work.

Is it the fate, then, of PC users everywhere to remain in the dark, ceaselessly wondering just how products like Laplink DiskImage, Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost magically create images of their PC, which they may save for later restoration?

Nay.

After scouring the internet and picking the brains of Laplink’s finest software engineers, this Laplink copywriter has put together an explanation of the disk imaging process and publishes it now, here on this very blog, to spread the purifying light of knowledge to the far reaches of the PC user community.

Unveiling a Mystery: The Disk Imaging Process

A disk image, as it turns out, is just that – an image of your hard drive. It is a single file containing the entire contents of a data storage device, such as a hard drive, optical drive, etc., ending in a .dmg, .iso, .cue, .bin or .img file extension. This file can be stored either a compressed state, to save space, or a “raw,” uncompressed state. Whether the file of a disk image is compressed, along with the size of the hard drive, determines how large the file will be. Images that appear as a separate hard drive to the computer are called virtual hard drives, and end in .vhd.

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Disk Imaging Technology Timeline

Remember when making a back-up of your data meant calling in a scribe and dictating for hours to the rhythm of a quillquill scratching on parchment? Well. Maybe not. But imaging technology has come a long way since the dark ages of quill8-bit graphics and floppy disks. Evolving since the early 90s, disk imaging technology has made three prominent leaps of progress over the last two decades, resulting in the imaging software we’re familiar with today.

Join us now, won’t you, for a journey along the Disk Imaging Technology Timeline:

511076668_b651d4e444_tEarly to mid 90s: Disk imaging and cloning technology becomes readily available to consumers, but is fairly limited in function. Users may use software to create an image of their PC, but that image is tied to the computer – images can only be restored to the same PC. The process requires a large number of floppy disks; tempers flare. Continue reading

PCmover Image Assistant – Interview with CTO

Laplink CTO, Jack WilsonWe sat down with our Chief Technology Officer Jack Wilson and asked him what he thought were some of the most import features of the new and upcoming PCmover Image Assistant. Here’s what he said:

“Many times in the past people have contacted us saying that their computer died but they have an image of the hard drive – and how can the image be restored to a new PC.

“Often, this can’t be done easily. Even when the imaging software supports a “hardware independent” restore there can be problems. Sometimes it is because the computer is different or the image expects the hard drive to have the same format, partitions or size.  PCmover Image Assistant will give you complete independence by allowing the PC user to take a disk image (or even the actual hard drive itself) from any computer and restore it to any new computer, regardless of the hardware or the operating system on the new machine.” Continue reading