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