Handy Backup Disaster Recovery - System Recovery Drive Software

Handy Backup Disaster Recovery

Handy Backup™ Disaster Recovery lets you back up and restore data independently of your main operating system. If your computer fails, you can instantly load from a recovery drive and restore your data either to the original hard drive, or to a different place.

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The Basic Functions of Handy Backup Disaster Recovery

Handy Backup creates a fully functional recovery flash drive. It can save both Legacy-based and UEFI-driven bootable disk images with a sector-level precision. Then, it can boot from scratch and restore a selected image backup onto any drive partition on your PC, regardless of an OS currently used on it.

Obtaining Handy Backup Disaster Recovery

Users of Handy Backup Professional and higher editions can use their registration key (serial number) to register Disaster Recovery as well. If you want, you can use it as an individual program. Another way is to use the Disaster Recovery as a part of Handy Backup, by clicking on an icon on the main toolbar.

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Handy Backup Disaster Recovery Highlights

Below you can find some of the brightest features of Handy Backup Disaster Recovery:

  • Windows-style interface. The program is built on Handy Backup Web Access and reconstructs window-based interface, where all objects and parameters are represented as folders and files:
Task Parameters in Handy Backup Disaster Recovery

  • Complete computer backup. Handy Backup Disaster Recovery loads operating system from a recovery drive, and allows you to back up and restore your main HDD easily and smoothly, just as if it was a “cold” external device!
  • Selective backup. The utility can create disk images of an entire HDD, or back up specific partitions of your choice.
  • Sector-level backup. The image backup plug-in used in Handy Backup Disaster Recovery, utilizes low-level physical copying. This allows you to back up Ext2 (Linux), HFS (Mac OS) and other partitions as easily as FAT/NTFS for Windows.
  • Hard disk cloning. With Handy Backup Disaster Recovery you can quickly clone your hard drive! Just load from a recovery drive, create a Restore task, and select one drive image as a source of data, and a physical drive as a destination!
  • Support for Windows backups. Complete compatibility with Windows version of Handy Backup allows you to restore image-based backups that you make in Windows.
  • Logging. The software records detailed logs of all operations, which lets you always feel sure that the program saves your data.

How to Start Handy Backup Disaster Recovery

Handy Backup Disaster Recovery installs itself on a Flash or USB drive with the help of the Disaster Recovery Installation Kit. To start using it, please follow the simple sequence listed below.

  1. Install the program on a Flash or USB drive.
  2. Configure the option of booting from USB drives to be at the first place in BIOS boot order.
  3. Reboot your computer and load the system from a recovery drive.

For a detailed guide on installing and using the program, please see Handy Backup Disaster Recovery in the User Manual.

Handy Backup Disaster Recovery

$29 per license

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1 license$29 per unit
2-9 licenses$24 per unit
10-49 licenses$22 per unit

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Bootable Disaster Recovery

  • Handy Backup Disaster Recovery is installed on a Flash or USB drive, and allows backing up your main HDD independently of its operating system.
  • Booting up the system from an external recovery drive enables you to overcome a difficulty of backing up system sectors locked by Windows.

Easy Backup

  • Comprehensible task-based interface
  • Windows-style operations
  • Logging of all operations
  • Detailed help
  • Free support by e-mail, Skype or phone


  • Designed with extensibility in mind, Handy Backup Disaster Recovery shares all concepts and techniques employed in the original Handy Backup (Windows version).
  • It has a similar task-based, plug-in-driven architecture, where all backup and restore operations are initiated by creating and running the respective tasks.
  • The program is compatible with image-based backups created in Windows, but not with tasks.

Multiplatform Backup Solution

  • Handy Backup Disaster Recovery is a branch of Novosoft’s Handy Backup Java project, which aims at creating a platform-independent backup solution that can run on all systems supporting the Java software, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris and other.

How It Works

  • At first, you need to install Handy Backup Disaster Recovery on a Flash or USB drive. This is done with the help of Disaster Recovery Installation Kit.
  • Then, you need to configure BIOS boot order, so that USB drives are loaded in the first place. For instructions, please see Setting BIOS Boot Order in the User Manual.
  • When you load the system from the recovery drive, Handy Backup Disaster Recovery starts automatically. The welcome screen offers you to walk through a short overview and learn about main operations.
  • The program lets you create tasks of two types: Backup and Restore. To set up a task, you need to define two parameters: What to Back up (Restore) and Where to Back up (Restore). Then just run the task - and you’re done!

Data for Backup

Handy Backup Disaster Recovery shares the same architecture that we have in Windows version of Handy Backup. At present it comes with two plug-ins:

  • File-system backup. All hard drives connected to your computer are mounted automatically, which lets you back up individual files and folders.
  • Disk Image backup. You can create disk images of any local or external hard drives, or any specific partitions, regardless of their file system.

Backup Storage

Data can be stored to the following places:

For details on using the program, see Managing Data with Handy Backup Disaster Recovery in the User Manual.

Full-featured 30-days Trial Period

The software comes with a full-featured 30-days trial period, during which you can try all of its features. The trial period starts when you create the first recovery drive with Disaster Recovery Installation Kit.

In an unregistered version, you can restore existing backups, but no new backups can be made. This means that you can recover your system after failure even if the program’s trial period has expired.

Licensing and Registration Options

Basically, Handy Backup Disaster Recovery is a standalone product that can be used independently of Windows version of Handy Backup. But since it makes a perfect fit for original Handy Backup, we’ve also included it into Windows editions, starting with Handy Backup Professional.

Ordering Handy Backup Disaster Recovery

We recommend you to purchase one of the following editions and use the registration number to register both Windows version of the program and Handy Backup Disaster Recovery:

Standalone Disaster Recovery Solution

You can also purchase Handy Backup Disaster Recovery separately:

Technical Support and Updates

All registered users of Handy Backup are entitled to free support by e-mail, phone or Skype. If you experience any problems, or have any questions about our software, please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance or send your feedback at support@handybackup.net.

Handy Backup is constantly updated and improved. To stay informed of the latest updates, please watch the product website at https://www.handybackup.net, or follow Handy Backup on Twitter.

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