How to Create an Image Backup for Disaster Recovery

How to Create an Image BackupDisaster Recovery image backups create a snapshot of your local hard drive, allowing you to recover your entire computer in the event of a hardware failure, not just your files. Image backups do not need to be performed as often as standard file backups. For most PC users, scheduling a monthly disaster recovery image backup is sufficient. If you do not make frequent changes to your system, you may opt to create one image backup initially and then wait until after installing new applications or making other significant changes to your system to create another image backup (there is an option to do these manually rather than scheduled).

I’m going to walk you through the steps needed to create a Disaster Recovery (DR) image backup of your computer using NovaBACKUP express wizards.

If you would rather watch a video on how to create a disaster recovery image backup, I have included this as well.

How to Create an Image Backup for Disaster Recovery

If you have not done so already, install NovaBACKUP. If you need a trial of the software to follow along, you can download one here.

After launching the software, just follow these steps:

NovaBACKUP 16 Express WizardStep 1: Run the Express Wizard

Upon launching the program this screen will come up allowing you to quickly run the Express Wizard, but you can also access it from the application home page.

 

 

 

NovaBACKUP Wizard Step 1Step 2: Select Backup

Since you are creating a Disaster Recovery image backup and not doing a restore, you will need to select Backup.

 

 

 

 

Disaster-Recovery-Step-2Step 3: Select Disaster Recovery

Click on Disaster Recovery to get started. This process may take a few moments as it gathers the drive information.

 

 

 

 

Select Drive for Image BackupStep 4: Select the Drive

Select which physical drives and / or partitions you would like to create an image of. Select everything you would like to be able to recover in the event of a disaster.

 

 

 

Backup DestinationStep 5: Select the Destination

Select the destination of your backup jobs.  If you have not already plugged in the storage device you plan to use, do so now. Unique credentials may be entered for network devices at this step.

 

 

Backup SummaryStep 6: Schedule Your Backup

Next schedule how often you would like your image backups to run. I would recommend just once a month for image backups. To do these backups periodically, just check the box to disable scheduling.  You can also set up unique credentials for when a job is run in the background.

 

NovaBACKUP SummaryStep 7: Verify Your Backup Info

Verify the backup job info, and get an estimate of the size of the backup. If everything looks good, you can go ahead and start your backup.

 

 

 

 

Next you will need to create a Disaster Recovery Boot Disk, which will allow you to boot your system and recover everything you just saved in your image backup.

If you do not have time to create your Disaster Recovery Boot Disk right now, it can be done from your new computer in the future, should you ever need to restore from your image backup.

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Bridget Giacinto

Bridget is the Ecommerce Marketing Manager at NovaStor. Bridget has over a decade of Marketing experience, with 8 years specifically in the Software Industry.

7 Comments:

  1. Firstly totally appreciate the worthiness of your advice.

    I have unsuccessfully been hunting for products that firstly support the latest operating systems such as Windows 8.1 and secondly and foremost of importance succeed to be able to “clone” complete disks and that are warrantied to “boot-up” after recovery with operating systems such as Linux RedHat Enterprise, Debian and etc.

    Any ideas?

    Products such as Acronis and etc. have horribly failed and additionally has been confirmed by them that they not offer any product that can “clone” disks with Linux OS and boot partitions and after recovery will successfully boot-up.

    • Thanks for your comments. While this is not something officially supported since we do not support Linux (in our SMB product line), the Forensic option in our Disaster Recovery function will do a sector by sector copy of the data on the drive is you want to test it out. Let me know if this works for you.

  2. Business Continuity Consultant

    Bottom line, image backup coupled with its universal boot CD represents the fastest and simplest method to recover from a failed operating system disk. Aside from speed and the resulting cost savings, image backup and restore technology completely eliminates the frustration of recovering a failed system.

  3. I have created a boot disk for disaster recovery when I had Windows 7 installed. In the mean time I have Windows 10 installed and made a new DR backup. Can I use the the old boot disk or do I need to create a new one?

  4. When you update your version of NovaBACKUP software you will then normally need to re-create your boot disk. If you created your image backup with the Windows version of NovaBACKUP installed and it was 17.0 and now you installed Windows 10 on your computer and have since upgraded NovaBACKUP to v17.6, then you will need to re-create your boot disk in v17.6. Regardless if you changed Operating Systems between versions of NovaBACKUP you will still normally need to re-create your boot disk when you upgrade versions of NovaBACKUP.

    However, your image backup, if you created it with version 17.0 will ALWAYS work with your boot disk that you created with version 17.0. My suggestion is to always label your boot disk with the version of NovaBACKUP that was utilized to create that boot disk. It also helps NovaStor Technical Support team members to be able to assist you with image restore related issues to know the version that was utilized to create the boot disk media since there is no way for us to know or you to know what version was utilized if you don’t physically label your boot disk media with the version number. There is no file we can look at on that boot disk to identify the version used unfortunately.

    • When you update your version of NovaBACKUP software you will then normally need to re-create your boot disk. When I say normally that is because the programmers at NovaBACKUP constantly make changes to this area of the software to improve it and that also can and often does change the way the structure of the image backup works internally and so any new image backups you create will normally be incompatible in some fashion with your old boot disk created with an OLDER version of NovaBACKUP. If you change operating systems you will also have to re-create your boot disk. If you created your image backup with the Windows version of NovaBACKUP installed and it was 17.0 and now you installed Windows 10 on your computer and have since upgraded NovaBACKUP to v17.6, then you will need to re-create your boot disk in v17.6. Regardless if you changed Operating Systems between versions of NovaBACKUP you will still normally need to re-create your boot disk when you upgrade versions of NovaBACKUP.

      However, your image backup, if you created it with version 17.0 will ALWAYS work with your boot disk that you created with version 17.0. My suggestion is to always label your boot disk with the version of NovaBACKUP that was utilized to create that boot disk. It also helps NovaStor Technical Support team members to be able to assist you with image restore related issues to know the version that was utilized to create the boot disk media since there is no way for us to know or you to know what version was utilized if you don’t physically label your boot disk media with the version number. There is no file we can look at on that boot disk to identify the version used unfortunately.

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