So far I’ve imaged two computers and have completed three restorations (one was a test on a larger drive than it came from) and in all of these cases, it has taken less than 15 minutes for either backing up or restoring, with the average file size being 25GB+, and all have been completely successful.
I saved several hours on the very first use and see a huge time savings in the future — BUT (there always seems to be a big BUT getting in the way!) the downside is that if we store an image for every system we have, we’d need somewhere between 4TB and 15TB of secure storage just for the images! (the wide spread is because it’s recommended that you update your image every six months, after determining that your system is running the way it should be, and we have everything from common workstations to complex Media systems)
I’m going to try something now and see if I can use the image on a fresh, completely set up system w/all of our in house software installed, etc. and put that image on another (exact same make/model) new, right-out-of-the-box Dell.
I’m hypothesizing that I CAN do this, then change the computer NAME to create a unique entity to join to the network…I’ll let you know in the next post.