HELIOS offers free “mkisofs” utility
HELIOS offers free “mkisofs” utility that can be used to create UDF disk images for backups, file archives and system snapshots.
Hannover, Germany, April 04, 2007 – HELIOS Software GmbH has released for free download the ultimate cross-platform “mkisofs” disk image utility that enables flexible disk image creation for file archives and backups of critical files that goes far beyond simple DVD image creation. HELIOS “mkisofs” can be used for system snapshots, cross-platform archives, legal preservation, platform independent file transfer, and as a simple and affordable backup utility.
As a leading developer of cross-platform networking, file transfer, PDF, and image server solutions, HELIOS Software takes pride in passing on its accumulated development experience to the Open Source community. HELIOS has extended the open source “mkisofs” utility, removing size and format limitations, making it a powerful and flexible tool ideal for creating data archives and custom universal disk format (UDF) images. It is scriptable for automated tasks (including scheduled backups) and can be used interactively (via “hot folders”).
With built-in cross-platform support for preserving Mac and Windows file attributes, HELIOS “mkisofs” is hardware independent and creates disk images that can be read on multiple platforms. This makes HELIOS “mkisofs” suitable for long-term, archival applications where future OS and hardware requirements are unknown. Additionally, since HELIOS “mkisofs” creates “read-only” disk images, it can be used for preservation and legal archival documentation as it provides an uneditable snapshot of system files, documents, or other data.
“Today’s growing disk capacities and inexpensive external disk systems allow storing read-only archives quickly on disk instead of burning media or using proprietary tape formats,” explained Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO and president of HELIOS. “HELIOS created a general purpose version of “mkisofs” capable of creating disk image archives that preserve Mac, Windows, and UNIX attributes, and that can be easily mounted by Mac or Windows users.”.
For more information about the background and development of “mkisofs” in the open source community and the system requirements, and how its use would differ from alternatives such as Apple Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, HELIOS Xtar, rsync, and Disk Utility (Apple), click here »