Version 1.31 includes bugfixes for the user interface and compression routines. The zip compression routines, used by USB Image Tool (XZip based on Info-ZIP/zlib 1.1.3), may lead to corrupted images. When creating a compressed backup, USB Image Tool now checks the compressed image to ensure it is not corrupted. I’m assuming it has to be […]
The new version introduces the device mode, which is intended for bootable devices and USB devices, formatted with a file system unknown to windows. If you want to clone a pendrive Linux, you have to use the device mode to make the new USB device bootable. Also a small error in the command line utility […]
Due to some issues with Windows Vista again, I have to postpone the release of USB Image Tool 1.30. I had everything working fine on Windows XP, but when I tested it on Windows Vista, restoring device images didn’t work. After some research I found out, that Vista prevents writing special sectors to fix a […]
I’m planning to release version 1.30 during the first week of September. I just need to implement the device mode for the restore function. Backup already works fine. With it you can clone identical USB sticks as well as bootable USB sticks, because the device mode copies the boot sector as well.
After publishing USB Image Tool 1.27 about a month ago on a single shareware page (softpedia.com), it has become somewhat of a success with over 12000 downloads from my page alone, not counting the various shareware/freeware archives, it became listed in. I recieved some feedback through comments with questions, feature requests and thanks. Be assured, […]
USB Image Tool 1.28 comes with a new command line utility, that can be used for batch operations and doesn’t require the .Net Framework. Also the new GUI version is now compatible with Windows x64 versions.
While playing attound with the SCSI commands to get direct access to USB devices I found the reason for the physical device size detection problem. Because opening a device with restricted user rights fails when you flag read/write operations, I removed them during the detection process. Unfortunately they are needed to retrieve the physical disk […]
This version fixes a detection error when working with activated Windows Vista User Account Control (UAC). Somehow this prevents a correct detection of the physical USB device size (IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO fails with an access error). Because the physical device size is only for information purpose, I decided to ignore the access error and continue the detection […]
The new version is not such a big change. It just adds a Rescan button, which does a rescan for connected USB devices, in case of the application didn’t get the automatic notification. This is helpful for card readers, because switching the cards within a plugged in device doesn’t lead to a “device changed” notification. […]
The new version fixes some more interface issues. The size check when restoring an image has been changed to be based on the partition size. Former versions checked the physical device size, which was not compatible with multiple partitions on a USB device. All other operations (progress bar, etc.) have been changed to use either […]