How to Use Data Backup
Data Backup is a professional yet easy tool that provides a handful of useful and user-friendly options to enable you perform all data backup tasks at ease. With this eminent tool, you can conveniently perform backup of your precious partitions and entire hard drive disk, and even restore these backups for disaster recovery.
This guide is broken into four parts and will walk you through every part of the backup and restore processes.
Part 1: How to Clone a Disk
If you are upgrading your hard drive or changing to a higher read buffer, then you will need to clone your hard drive to retain all the same files and folders.
- Step 1: On the main interface, there're several options, here you need to select "Disk to Disk".
- Step 2: Then follow the on-screen steps of choosing the source disk, which will be your old drive.
- Step 3: Select the target drive, which will be your new drive where the source partition will be copied.
- Step 4: Once complete, the disk has been cloned.
Part 2: How to Clone a Partition
To either make a backup or distribute an identical environment to multiple computers, you can clone a hard drive partition. Here is a simple solution by using Data Backup.
- Step 1: After launch this software, select "Partition to Partition" on the main interface.
- Step 2: Then all the partitions on your computer are displayed. Select the one you need to clone and click "Next" to proceed.
- Step 3: Then select the target partition, which you want to clone the source partition to. Here you can't select the source partition in this step.
- Step 4: This software starts to copy the contents on the source partition to the target partition with a progress indicator bar. When this bar reaches 100%, all the content are copied successfully.
Part 3: How to Create and Restore an Image of the Entire Disk
To avoid something happened to your computer that makes it lose its entire memory, you should have a plan to back up the entire disk.
- Step 1: Connect an external hard drive or other portable media to your computer.
- Step 2: Select "Disk to Image" from the options provided by this software. This will enable you to create backup copies of all that is on your hard drive.
- Step 3: Select the hard disk you would like to backup. Click "Next".
- Step 4: Specify a location on your external hard drive to save the backup image that this software extracts, and enter a file name with an .img suffix after the location.
- Step 5: Choose a compress level that you need. The higher compression ratio is, the less archive file size is. However, it will take longer time if you select the high compression. Click "Next" to go on.
- Step 6: The backup process starts and will last several minutes. After it completes, all the data on this disk will be backed up in an IMG file.
You can use this system image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or entire computer ever stops working.
- Step 1: Plug the external drive containing the image file into your computer. Select "Disk from Image" on the main interface.
- Step 2: Navigate to the folder which contains the image file you created before and select this file. And then click "Next".
- Step 3: Select the hard drive you're restoring, and click "Next".
- Step 4: The restoring process begins. This will completely erase the disk in the destination field. Wait for the disk to be restored.
Part 4: How to Create and Restore an Image of a Partition
In order to protect data loss from program errors, system crash, or some accidents, you should back up your partition which contains your vital information.
- Step 1: There are several options provided by this software. Here you should choose "Partition to Image".
- Step 2: You will see all of your partitions on your computer. Select the one you need to backup (If you need to backup all the partition on your disk, you can turn to How to Create and Restore an Image of the Entire Disk).
- Step 3: In the window that appears, select a location to save the image file that this software extracts, either on your external drive or extra internal drive, and enter a file name with an .img suffix after the location.
- Step 4: Choose a compress level with which this program compresses your data during the backup process. The higher level will make a small-sized archive but be more time-consuming. Click "Next" for the next step.
- Step 5: Then the backup process begins. There is a progress bar that will indicate how it works. After it reaches 100%, your partition is backed up in a file with the IMG format.
If disaster happened and you lost data on your partition, you can use this image file you created before to restore the data on this partition.
If you lose data due to partition corruption, partition deletion, or other causes, you can restore data on partition using the image file you created before.
- Step 1: Select "Partition from Image" at the right bottom of the interface.
- Step 2: Browse the file directory to find the image file you created before, and select it. Click "Next" to go for the next step.
- Step 3: Select the partition you need to restore, and click "Next".
- Step 4: The partition restoring starts with a progress bar. After this bar reached 100%, all your data are restored.
With Data Backup, you can perform all data backup tasks including cloning disk and partition, backing up partitions and entire hard drive disk, and restoring these backups at ease