There are numbers of Backup Tools available in the Market that can help you to backup your Windows 8 System. The other advantage of Windows 8 is that it rarely requires formatting as it comes with two new features Refresh and Reset. These features lets you to get rid of the errors as well as initial faults without formatting your system. The ‘Refresh’ feature lets the user to get all his/her problems fixed without loosing any data while the ‘Reset’ feature also fixes all the errors but the user will loose almost all the data on the system. To avoid such problems of loosing the data one has to backup his/her system.
Now regular backup tools there are also some online backup tools that lets you to create backup for your files and folders and other important documents without saving the original folder structure and Master Boot Record (MBR) information, in tact with them, which creates a problem while restoring those files, as the user has to manually place them in their original location. Image backups are such helpful backup tools that helps you to backup all information or hard drives, along with the Master Boot Record. These kind of backup tools comes very handy if your system crashes and you want all your backup data to be restored, but you can’t afford to manually set-up everything to its original form.
Paragon Image Backup for Windows is a disk-imaging software that lets you to create image-backup of all your files, folders and even hard disks and also lets you to restore them later. This application features several backup options which includes setting the image files names automatically in complex archives, Control archive integrity, allows you to change the compression level of the image and also enables splitting to lower the size of the massive archives meanwhile making it easier for you to transfer the backup image. Another unique feature of this application also lets its users to provide password protection of the Backup Archives with its Advanced backup Settings option. It also lets the users to exclude certain file types from the backup and lots more.
To download this application you first need to register yourself on its website. To register yourself click on the “Download Image Backup for Windows 8 for Free“. Then complete the required fields as displayed below and then click on ‘Submit’. After this procedure you shall receive the download link, a Product Key and a Serial Number in your e-mail address that you have provided while registering yourself. Now log into your e-mail id then click on the download link that is mailed to you. The download may take some time as the program is of around 107 MB. You have to enter the Product Key and Serial Number during the installation process.
How to Backup Files and Folders using Paragon Image Backup for Windows 8
Step 1- Run Paragon Image Backup for Windows 8. The main-screen of the application shows 4 tabs- Backup & Recovery, Tools, Troubleshooting & Support Contacts. Click on Backup & Recovery tag.
Step 2- Click on Backup. Then click on ‘Next’
Step 3- Then select the drive that you want to create an image of.
You can select the Change Backup settings which enables you to control the archive integrity, set image files name automatically, enable password protection to the archive, image splitting for massive archives, exclude the specific file types from the backup list, also you can change the compression level, etc. Then Click on ‘Next’
Step 4 (Optional)- To provide password protection to your archive select the ‘Change Backup Settings’ present at the lower part of the screen. Then click on ‘Next’.
Step-5 (Optional)- Then enter the password that you want to set for the archive.
Step 5- Select the destination, where you want the application to create the Image backup file. Then click on Next.
Then a message is displayed, before the backup process starts which gives you all details about the objects to archive, their size and size of the archive, compression level and all other settings selected by you previously. The Paragon Image backup for Windows 8 is compatible in both 32-bit and 64- bit version of Windows 8.