Hard Drive Image Backup Software

Hard Disk Image Backup is a complete snapshot of "physical" HDD contents, i.e. a disk copy based on sectors, rather than on separate files. It provides complete and precise hard disk backup. To perform disk image backup and restore, you need for dedicated disk imaging software, such as Handy Backup.

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Complete Computer Backup

Complete Computer Backup

HDD image backup uses low-level disk copying which gives no regard to the file system and allows backing up an operating system, boot records, apps, user data, libraries and other information in just one action. This is a complete, all-in-one backup of your PC data!

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 7.15.0, built on 10 July, 2018 . 164 MB
Backup Software from Novosoft LLC. 99 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 Create Disk Image Backup

Handy Backup delivers a fast and easy image backup of the entire hard drive, or any chosen partition, and supports all types of local and external HDDs (including USB and FireWire drives).

Adding the Disk Image Plug-in to Backup Set

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.

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.


Making Disk Image Backup for Network Computers

Users of Handy Backup Server Network are also allowed to create disk images of remote workstations, on a client-server scheme. Learn more about Handy Backup Server Network. For a complete guide on how to create hard drive image backups, please refer to image backup section in the User Manual.

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. If you still have some questions, do not hesitate to ask us about Handy Backup by an email: support@handybackup.net, or follow us on Facebook!

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4 comments

  • HenryHener | 2012-10-24 06:42:18

    Fast System Restoration - how fast?

  • HB_Moderator | 2012-11-12 05:07:38

    Pretty fast owing to hard drive imaging technology.В 

  • Natali_Morris | 2012-10-22 04:36:28

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

  • HB_Moderator | 2012-11-12 05:00:03

    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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