Hard Disk Image Backup Software

Image backup with Handy Backup software is an easy, quick and automated action. You can create a hard drive image backup in just a few clicks, as well as restore or even clone a disk to another hard drive, for example, to a new PC. You can use all functions for reliable copying of a disk image on logical level!

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Image Backup Software

What Is System Image Backup?

What Is System Image Backup

Image backup is a process of creating a logical image that transfers a copy of logical-level drive content written into a special 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.

Image-Based Backup vs File-Level Backup: Features and Restrictions

For many reasons, taking a copy of a drive image can be the best backup method for any PC or server, as it saves not only data but also system resources, dependencies, links between components of file system etc. However, this method of backup is also bulky and almost unreadable until recovered.

The next table contains a rough comparison of the two backup methods: disk-image and file-level.

Hard disk image backupFile-level backup
Typical backup sizeBulkyAs a source (plus compression)
Estimated execution timeSeveral minutesAccording to source size
Precise data selectionNoYes
Data consistencyFullDepends on user actions
Easiness of recoveryModerate to difficultVery easy
Partial/granular recoveryNo (except when mapping VHD)Yes, due to native formats

Key backup features:

  • Typical backup size: an estimated size of a backup file (files), compared to common data types stored on a disk or in an online vault;
  • Estimated execution time: an amount of time for task execution, estimated by practical experience and logical evaluation of data quantity for copying;
  • Precise data selection: a possibility to select only those data that you really need to back up, instead of saving entire folders of unused files;
  • Data consistency: storing all data dependencies and links between different data types, allowing using these data just after recovery without re-mounting all infrastructure;
  • Easiness of recovery: how quickly and easily a user can recover data from backup, as well as how many additional actions a restoration procedure requires;
  • Partial/granular recovery: a possibility to recover only a part of an entire backup dataset.

Advantages of Handy Backup as Image Backup Software

Complete Computer Backup

Complete Automation

Handy Backup fully automates image backup, from making a disk image to using additional tools such as versioned backup or scheduling disk backup tasks by time (for a repeating period 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 an OS and all apps manually, hard drive image backup drastically reduces both time and efforts required for restoration. You can use Handy Backup either as automatic disk image backup software or 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, you can restore one image backup to several computers to set up multiple identical systems. This is a viable solution for administering server arrays and clusters, heterogeneous networks etc.

Testimonials About Image Backup Software by Handy Backup

Review About Image Backup Software by Handy Backup

"My Handy Backup Pro copies an image of my Windows SSD in just a few minutes, requiring no attention from me after initial setting up and scheduling. I do it every week, and it helps me migrating from my old laptop to a new Toshiba without any loss!"

Steven Marshall, a user of Handy Backup

Review About Image Backup Software by Handy Backup 2

"We have a Server Network edition deployed in our local network, and I wonder that it can copy not only files but an entire hard drive image backup by network! I have no problem to copy or transfer a user PC image to another physical unit, which is especially useful when some hard drive is damaged and replaced with another disk. Handy Backup saves a lot of time for me!"

Ruis Garcia Gomez, a system administrator

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 on Step 1.
  2. On Step 1, do not worry now about simple or advanced modes. Just click "Next".
  3. On Step 2, 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 your backup task.

With functions of saving drive logical images, 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!

System Recovery Plug-in Software

The System Recovery Plug-in

Alternative 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!

Recovery an Image Backup

Restoring an Image Backup

To restore an image of a disk or partition 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.

Caveat! Since disk-based approach to backups provides the most effective data protection against operating system crashes, hardware failures, and other disasters, we are highly recommending to do it on a regular base for both home and business environments.

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