Hard Drive Image Backup Software

Image backup is a process of creating a logical image, which is a copy of a logical-level drive content written into a dedicated file. Handy Backup allows making both Linux and Windows image backup, as well as saving data drive images either from inside a working OS or directly via a USB recovery drive.

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Version 8.0.2, built on 8 May, 2019
104 MB

Complete Computer Backup

Complete Automation

This program fully automates image backup, from making a disk image to using additional tools such as versioned backup to scheduling disk image backup by time (for a repeating interval from a minute to some months) or by a system event. Feel free with Handy Backup!

Fast System Restoration

Fast System Restoration

Unlike file-based backup which requires reinstalling operating system and all apps manually, hard drive image backup drastically reduces both time and efforts required for restoration. You can use Handy Backup as both automatic disk image backup software, but also as a HDD restore utility.

HDD Cloning

Hard Disk Cloning

You can effectively utilize disk image backup software for hard drive cloning purposes. For example, restoring one image backup to several computers can be used to set up multiple identical systems. This is a viable solution for administering server arrays and clusters, heterogeneous networks etc.

Recommended Solution

Handy Backup Professional

Version 8.0.2, built on 8 May, 2019 . 104 MB
Backup Software from Novosoft LLC. 89 USD per license.

Handy Backup Professional

To create HDD image backup, or take advantage of hard disk cloning, you need Professional edition, or higher. Free 30-days trial version with all functions available!

How to Make Image Backup with the Disk Image Plug-in?

Note that the Disk Image backup plug-in allows making not only an image of a full drive but also can write a partition image. To use it properly, please follow the next instruction:

  1. Open Handy Backup. Create a new backup task.
  2. On the Step 2, double-click onto the Disk Image plug-in in the Disk Clone group.
Adding the Disk Image Plug-in to Backup Set
  1. Mark a checkbox next to a name of the disk or partition image that you want to back up.
Physical drive folder

Attention! The full drive image file (located in the Physical drive folder) is used to access all HDD data, i.e. it also includes all objects from the Partitions folder. Therefore, please select no partitions!

  1. After finishing data selection, click OK. Selected drives and partitions for image backup will appear in the Backup Set pane of the New Task Wizard.
  2. Continue creating a task as described in the User Manual. You can set up versioning, scheduling. Data encryption or call for external software before or after an image backup task.

With functions of image backup, Handy Backup can operate as local PC and server backup software in Windows and Linux. Try it by downloading a latest version for a 30-day free trial!

Key Advantages of Disk Image Backup with Handy Backup

Version Compatibility

Version Compatibility

The Disk Image plug-in creates a binary image file for a logical or physical drive or for a partition. You can restore image backup at any time using either the Handy Backup restoration task (for non-system drives) or the Disaster Recovery utility to restore the HDD image backup from scratch.

Here, the term "non-system drive" applies exclusively for all drives except your main system drive (e.g. a disk or a partition containing an OS that governs running of Handy Backup). This means that you can restore an inactive system drive image backup to an original disk without hesitation!

The System Recovery Plug-in

The System Recovery Plug-in

Another hard drive image backup software is the System Recovery plug-in. This tool can save only an entire hard drive image backup, but it does it in a comprehensible, readable VHD format, allowing you not only restoring a HDD image backup but also browsing it or using it for a virtual machine!

The System Recovery plug-in does not protect your hard drive image backup from modifications as a virtual drive (this is a deliberate solution allowing using these VHD files as sources for experimenting and cloning)! Therefore, you can lose a consistency of the HDD image backup by writing something on it!

Restoring an Image Backup

Restoring an Image Backup

To restore the hard drive image backup to its original place, or to clone disk image backup to another HDD, you can use an automated restoration task created and scheduled by Handy Backup by just the same way as for backup tasks.

Note: Since disk-based approach to backups provides the most effective data protection against operating system crashes, hardware failures, and other disasters, it is highly recommended for both home and business environments.

Video Tutorial: How to Use Handy Backup for Making Disk Image Backup?

In the next video instruction, you will learn how to create a hard drive image backup using the local Handy Backup solution. This is a simple task. We will make an image backup by using Handy Backup itself. We will place an image on a drive connected to our machine but not on a system drive, which we will scratch during restoration.

Download Handy Backup

Version 8.0.2, built on 8 May, 2019
104 MB

Try Handy Backup as your trusted disk image backup software by downloading the latest version and
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4 comments

  • HenryHener

    Fast System Restoration - how fast?

  • HB_Moderator

    Pretty fast owing to hard drive imaging technology.В 

  • Natali_Morris

    Is Hard Disk Image Backup Handy Backup for disaster recovery? I`m hesitating my PC is able to hold the program.

  • HB_Moderator

    We`d recommend to use Handy Backup Home Standard for backing up of files on home PC. Hard disk image is suitable for structure copying.В  В 

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