Image Backup

Image backup, also called disk image, or HDD snapshot, is a backup of a hard drive that is created through “sector-by-sector” copying of its contents.

Difference Between Files-Based and Image-Based Backups

Physically, hard drives are made of rotating discs covered with magnetic material. Operating system, partitioning, applications, data - everything is defined by the way these discs are magnetized. However, hard drives themselves don’t know anything about files and folders. File system is a “logical” layer that translates small magnetized pieces of metal (sectors) into files.

Unlike common files-based (“copy-paste”) copying, image-based backup is made on sector level. When a software creates a disk image, it gives no regard to individual files and folders, but works directly with sectors. This type of low-level copying is slower, requires more space for backups (since images are created for the entire partitions), but allows backing up data that can’t be backed up on files level: e.g. boot sectors, operating system, locked files, etc.

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To create image-based backups, you need the Professional edition of our software. You can try it for 30 days for free!

Restoring Image Backups

Image-based approach to backup is more complicated than regular file copyting, as it involves low-level hard drive copying which accesses data without using the file system. In case of a disaster, it allows restoring entire PC data and get a working system in the same state as it had on the moment of making the initial image backup.

Our utility is a professional software for file and image backup in Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and 2012/2008/2003 Server. It allows easily backing up your system - either as run-once tasks or on a scheduled basis.

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