FREE Image Backup Software for Windows 8

This week my posts have been focused exclusively on Windows 8; due in part I just installed Windows 8 and I am like a kid in a candy shop.

As I continue to learn more about Windows 8 and customize my computer the more I realized that I needed to create a backup of my system. Yes, I could take the risk and hope all goes well and simply reinstall Windows if all fails, but that (especially in my case) would be a very time consuming process. This is where a good disk imaging program comes into play. In this case, by circumstance, Paragon’s FREE Disk Imaging Software for Windows 8 fell onto my plate.

FREE Image Backup Software for Windows 8

When you see FREE for disk imaging software, I become skeptical; however, when I see FREE in conjunction with Paragon I know I am getting a good product. What this software does is walk you through the process of creating an exact image of your entire system. Like any imaging program and depending on the file content and disk size of your system, creating an image is not a fast process; BUT, it is definitely worth the wait. Also, you should use an external drive to make the backup to. Paragon will walk you through the entire process of selecting the volume you desire to backup, to rebooting your system to begin the backup, to rebooting your system back into your Windows environment.  To restore your system you must create a Paragon boot CD so that when your PC goes belly up you can insert the CD in the CD Drive and boot your computer into Paragon’s powerful Linux/DOS environment. From that environment you simply select the image you backed up to restore your computer back to the same level it was when you created the backup image.

Paragon’s Image Backup for Windows 8 is a disk-imaging tool for Windows 8 and Server 2012. It employs Microsoft VSS and Paragon’s patent-pending technologies for consistent point-in-time copies of the whole disk system or separate volumes. For recovery purposes it includes a powerful Linux/DOS environment. But its power is its support of the innovative ReFS.

Key Product Benefits

  • Support of the latest Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Support of the brand-new ReFS (Resilient File System)for backup, restore, and browsing under Windows and Linux
  • Live Windows backup. Create an image-based copy of the whole disk system, or separate volumes and place it locally, to CD/DVD/BD, or on the net. The use of the disk-imaging mechanism and Microsoft VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) tackles the problem of backing up running applications and system locked files
  • Flexible recovery. Restore the whole backup image, or only particular files under Windows or from the Linux/DOS recovery environment
  • Additional maintenance functions. The Linux/DOS recovery environment includes basic functions for initializing, partitioning and formatting hard disks

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7 Responses to FREE Image Backup Software for Windows 8

  1. techpaul says:

    Rick,
    If there was one message I could get every computer owner to grasp it would be that they should make a backup copy. I hope this article will help at least a few get that accomplished.

    • techpaul says:

      PS — I was wondering if you would share what it is (new) in Windows 8 that you are most enjoying? (And, think others will enjoy.. if that’s a different answer.)

      • Ramblinrick says:

        TechPaul,

        How are you doing? In regards to Windows 8, I think the thing I am loving the most is some of the Apps. Right now they are limited in the Windows Store; however, there are new apps appearing everyday. Another thing that I am loving is that it is challenging me. For example, just tonight I removed the third party start menu I had installed and went back to the default (with no Start Menu at all). I’m finding, as I get the feel of this, you don’t need it. It does concern me, that a very high percentage of people are not like me and will find this a challenge. All-in-All, not having messed with it prior to this past week, I am learning to love it is the best I can describe.

        Rick

      • techpaul says:

        Thank you.

        I suspect MS is hoping developers will make the Microsoft Store as ‘vibrant’ as Apple’s.

  2. [...] * FREE Image Backup Software for Windows 8 [...]

  3. Don’t forget about the windows 7 built in backup which is still available under windows 8 and has saved my bacon more than once. A tutorial on how to engage it in Windows 8 can be found at:

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Bob,

      Thank you for sharing this… I may do a post on the fact that the Windows 7 backup is still with us in Windows 8. Do you mind if I make reference to you in the article.

      Thanks,

      Rick

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