Handy Backup / Windows 8 Disk Imaging
One of the most effective ways to do Windows 8 full backup is a creation of a disk image.
A disk image (disk backup) is a single file that contains a complete content and structure copy of the file system and computer data.
“Individual files and folders” backup procedures do not provide a complete system recovery, because some system files can not be saved while the operating system is running. Everyone knows that no car without petrol and no operation system without system files!
Thus, many of your favorite programs and settings can be fully restored from backup only when you do Windows 8 full backup by creating disk image.
Windows 8 has the utility to create a full disk image. Typically, this procedure is used when significant system problems appear.
To create an image, do the following:
If something is wrong with your computer, you can restore the system in the same state it was at the time of the backup (but changes made after the disk backup will not be saved).
Also, Windows 8 has a new feature that has not been presented in previous Windows versions - the restoration of Windows 8 without deleting files (“Refresh Your PC”). However, this feature is not complete analogue to disk image, as all the installed programs will be lost when it is used.
Note that you need to boot into the recovery environment to restore the system if you have Windows 8 disk backup.
Using the built-in Windows 8 system image for creating backup has several disadvantages, here they are:
Handy Backup allows you to create a Windows 8 disk backup in the background mode with the help of multi-threading engine technology. There are some more powerful features helping in Windows 8 full backup:
Windows 8 service mode. The program works as a Windows service and makes a Windows 8 full system backup in the background. The technology reduces the system load during the backup, allowing you to continue the full-featured use of the computer.
Differential backup. Instead of creating Windows 8 full backup every time, Handy Backup uses the method that only keeps the changes made since the previous Windows 8 image backup. That significantly reduces the time and the amount of backup data transmitted.
Windows 8 automatic backup. You can set up the schedule for making a disk backup (for example, once a week or once a month). Handy Backup will automatically do the Windows 8 image backup, and you do not even have to remember about that.
Multiply destinations. Handy Backup has a wide range of possible destinations for backing up: HDD, CD/DVD-drives, FTP, SFTP, HBDrive, Amazon S3 cloud, Network Attached Storage and others.
Security. The software supports data encryption and password protection. You can be sure that your data is secure.
Simple and user-friendly interface. The software is very easy to use. To set up Windows 8 automatic backup you only need a few mouse clicks!
Version 7.4.5, built on November 19, 2013
22.8 MB, 32-bit (above) or 28.9 MB, 64-bit version
Try a Windows 8 disk imaging with a Handy Backup and you’ll see how simple the process can be!
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