Paragon Knowledge Base System Last Edit: 25.03.2009
ID 2605:   Backup vs. Copy

Q. What is the difference between Backup and Copy procedures?



During backup procedure an archive file is created which contains an exact image of a partition or a complete disk. All files and folders as well as all information about the partition structure are stored in this archive.

The archive files are ordinary files which could be stored among other files; e.g. another partition, USB-drive, network share, CD or DVD.

A restore could be done directly in Windows (for non system partitions only) or in case of a system failure by using Paragon Recovery CD.

It is also possible to restore only single files which are stored inside this archive. You can mount an archive to drive letter or extract only single files with the Paragon Volume Explorer or Paragon File Transfer Wizard.

Advantages of backup procedure to archive files:

• Backup and restore complete partitions or hard drives

• Restore single files or folders

• Space-saving backup due to archive compression and leaving out free space

• Easy to handle

• Greatest flexibility


Copy operations are divided in copy partition and copy hard disk tasks.

During partition copy procedure a new complete identical partition will be created on destination media.

During hard disk copy procedure all partition structure of source disk will be recreated on the destination disk and all data from source drive will be copied to the destination drive. After this operation the destination drive become as close to a duplicate of the source drive as possible. Note that during copy procedure all data on destination drive will be overwritten in case if it is not empty.

The copy procedure is commonly used for migration to new hard disks or for duplication whole PC systems.

Advantages of copy procedure:

• Quick and easy migration of hard disks

• Fast duplication of whole partitions

• Direct access to the copied files and folders

• Perfect for easy duplication of systems


See attached PDF file with screen shots and Functionality Matrix.

Note: Please be aware that Copy Partition or HDD functionality is no more available in Drive Backup 9.0 Personal Edition. Still available in Professional and higher versions.

Attached Resources:

Covered Products :
17tools products Partition Imager 2005,    Exact Image 2009
2Drive Backup and Backup&Recovery 9.0 Professional Edition Russian ,    8.x Personal Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition Polish ,    10 Professional Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition English ,    9.0 Professional Edition French ,    8.5 Personal Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition Japanese ,    7.x Professional Edition,    & Recovery 10 Suite,    8.x Professional Edition,    & Recovery 11 Suite,    9.0 Professional Edition Spanish ,    9.0 Professional Edition German ,    9.0 AQ,    9.0 Professional Edition Chinese ,    8.51 Professional Edition,    7.x Personal Edition
3Deployment Manager 7.0 Standard Edition
4Hard Disk (Festplatten) Manager Festplatten 2008 Suite,    2010 Server Edition,    2009 Professional Edition French ,    2010 Professional Edition,    8.5 Professional Edition,    6.x Personal,    2009 Server Edition Russian ,    2009 Professional Edition Russian ,    2008 Suite,    Festplatten 2009 Suite,    2008 Server Edition,    Home Expert 2008,    8.x Personal Edition,    7.x Personal Edition,    2008 Professional Edition,    8.x Server Edition,    2009 Professional Edition English ,    2009 Server Edition English ,    8.x Professional Edition,    2011 Suite,    6.x Professional,    8.5 Server Edition,    Festplatten 2009 Kompakt German ,    for Virtual Server,    Home Expert 2009 Russian ,    Festplatten 2009 Server Edition German ,    8.5 Personal Edition,    2009 Suite English ,    2010 Suite
5Exact Image 7.x,    7.5
6Virtualization Manager 2010 Corporate Edition,    2009 Corporate Edition,    2009 Personal Edition,    2010 Professional Edition,    2010 Consumer Edition
7Drive Copy 9.0 Home,    10 Server Edition,    10 Personal Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition German ,    9.0 Professional Edition Polish ,    8.5 Professional Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition English ,    9.0 Professional Edition English ,    8.x Personal Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition Polish ,    8.5 Personal Edition,    8.x Professional Edition
8Magazine (Covermount) Versions Festplatten Tools 2008 German ,    Festplatten Manager 9.0 PC Welt
9Discontinued Drive Backup,    Partition Manager 6.x Professional,   Drive Backup,   7tools products,    Hard Disk Manager
10Drive Backup 10 Server Express Edition,    8.51 Enterprise Server Edition,    9.0 Server Lite Edition Russian ,    8.x Enterprise Server Edition,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition English ,    9.0 Server Edition Japanese ,    9.0 Server Edition German ,    9.0 Server Edition Chinese ,    8.x Small Business Server Edition,    9.0 Workstation Edition Russian ,    10 Workstation Edition,    8.51 Small Business Server Edition,    8.x Server Edition,    8.51 Server Edition,    7.x Server Edition,    10 Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition Spanish ,    9.0 Server Edition English ,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition Russian ,    Server Express 2008,    9.0 Server Edition Russian ,    9.0 Workstation Edition English ,    9.0 Server Edition French ,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition German ,    9.0 Workstation Edition German ,    10 Small Business Server Edition
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