Desktop Imaging Software

By Lauren Miller

Desktop imaging software copies the entire contents of hard drives.
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Desktop imaging software is used by information technology departments and home users to maintain copies of entire hard drives by creating an image of a computer's data. Desktop imaging applications, also referred to as disk imaging software, can be used to deploy programs to new computers and update applications on existing machines.

Data Protection

Desktop imaging software provides backup and recovery options for computer users and companies. Applications maintain continuous backups via external drives or online storage. This allows users to recover copies of files or the contents of an entire drive in the event of hardware failure.

Software Deployment

Information technology departments in organizations use desktop imaging software to install and manage software across computer networks. Applications, such as Symantec Ghost and Acronis Snap Deploy, allow IT employees to be more efficient by allowing them to oversee many computers at once, instead of having to go desk to desk for installations and upgrades. Home users also can use software to copy images of old computers onto new machines.

Disk Management and Troubleshooting

Some desktop imaging software programs allow IT departments to troubleshoot operating system problems on networked computers and on remote desktops. The programs also give computer support professionals help in managing the drive letters of company servers and detecting registry and file system problems.