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.

Handy Backup Professional

Version 7.13.0, built on 26 May, 2018 . 162 MB
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Handy Backup Professional

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.

Version 7.13.0, built on 26 May, 2018
162 MB

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Backup Software Glossary

Current glossary explains various terms that you may come across while working with Handy Backup or other backup software.

Handy Backup is a backup utility for Windows Servers and PCs that is famous for its flexibility and ease of use.

The glossary contains 208 terms. The current section Types of Backup contains 10 terms.

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