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