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System backup is essential if you can’t afford to lose time for recovery in case of HDD failure. Technologically, operating system backup is the most complicated area of backup. To back up OS you can’t merely copy all system files from one drive to another.
Version 7.4.5, built on November 19, 2013
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To create a complete system backup, it is necessary to work with the hard drive directly on a physical level, instead of using file system queries.
This technology is called disk imaging, and it assumes that the software doesn’t use standard drivers to access files, but creates a
“snapshot” of HDD sectors. This way you can back up hard disk or any of its partitions entirely, including all system files and applications.
If you don’t have either the need or opportunity to create complete system backup, you can also back up system settings that are stored in Windows
registry. The registry contains data about all applications and devices installed in the system. By creating registry backup, you back up all preferences and
configurations responsible for interaction of software and hardware with operating system, as well as personal preferences of Windows users. Handy
Backup supports both functions.
It is highly recommended that the system partition that is backed up remains unchanged during the process. If you or your system modifies contents of the hard drive while Handy Backup tries to back it up, then the operation may fail.
The best case is when you boot from a different HDD or disk partition and add image of the main system drive to the backup task. Learn more about bootable system backup...
All options available for common files backup can be enabled for image-based backup too. The data can be compressed, encrypted, verified, etc. and all operations can be scheduled to take place automatically. For the full list of options, please see our software features...
For details on the usage of the disk imaging feature, please see Image Backup in the User Manual.
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