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 AQ,    9.0 Professional Edition Japanese ,    9.0 Professional Edition Chinese ,    8.x Professional Edition,    10 Professional Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition French ,    9.0 Professional Edition English ,    & Recovery 10 Suite,    7.x Professional Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition Russian ,    7.x Personal Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition Spanish ,    9.0 Professional Edition Polish ,    & Recovery 11 Suite,    8.5 Personal Edition,    8.51 Professional Edition,    8.x Personal Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition German
3Deployment Manager 7.0 Standard Edition
4Hard Disk (Festplatten) Manager 8.x Server Edition,    8.5 Server Edition,    8.5 Professional Edition,    Festplatten 2009 Kompakt German ,    2010 Suite,    2009 Suite English ,    8.x Professional Edition,    2008 Server Edition,    2009 Professional Edition French ,    6.x Professional,    2009 Server Edition English ,    2009 Professional Edition English ,    6.x Personal,    2008 Professional Edition,    Home Expert 2008,    Festplatten 2008 Suite,    2011 Suite,    2009 Professional Edition Russian ,    8.x Personal Edition,    7.x Personal Edition,    2009 Server Edition Russian ,    for Virtual Server,    Festplatten 2009 Suite,    2010 Professional Edition,    8.5 Personal Edition,    2010 Server Edition,    2008 Suite,    Festplatten 2009 Server Edition German ,    Home Expert 2009 Russian
5Exact Image 7.x,    7.5
6Virtualization Manager 2010 Consumer Edition,    2010 Professional Edition,    2009 Personal Edition,    2009 Corporate Edition,    2010 Corporate Edition
7Drive Copy 9.0 Personal Edition English ,    9.0 Home,    10 Server Edition,    10 Personal Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition Polish ,    8.5 Professional Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition Polish ,    9.0 Professional Edition English ,    8.x Personal Edition,    8.x Professional Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition German ,    8.5 Personal Edition
8Magazine (Covermount) Versions Festplatten Manager 9.0 PC Welt,    Festplatten Tools 2008 German
9Discontinued7tools products,    Partition Manager 6.x Professional,    Drive Backup,   Drive Backup,    Hard Disk Manager
10Drive Backup 9.0 Workstation Edition English ,    10 Server Edition,    Server Express 2008,    9.0 Server Edition Spanish ,    7.x Server Edition,    8.x Enterprise Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition German ,    10 Workstation Edition,    9.0 Server Lite Edition Russian ,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition Russian ,    9.0 Server Edition French ,    9.0 Server Edition Russian ,    9.0 Server Edition Japanese ,    8.51 Small Business Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition English ,    9.0 Workstation Edition German ,    8.51 Enterprise Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition Chinese ,    8.x Small Business Server Edition,    10 Small Business Server Edition,    9.0 Workstation Edition Russian ,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition English ,    10 Server Express Edition,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition German ,    8.51 Server Edition,    8.x Server Edition
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