Posted on 2005-04-18
Last Modified: 2011-08-18

I want to  use one or the other of utilities in  Nero Ultra : Image Drive, or BAckIt Up, to backup partitions to DVD. But it is not clear to me which is the correct utility to use for creating full backups. It says that Image Drive creates "virtual drives", but I don't understand that.
I have tried backing up partiitons using Image Drive, but when it is copying the OS partition, it produces errors saying "files missed, unable to back up."
And it sort of looks to me like BackItup is intended to only create backups of  non-system folders.
Basically, I want to try to make Nero produce  full partition back ups, just like Acronis or Norton Ghost. Is this possible?

Is either Image Drive or BackItup intended to create full backups?
And, if Image Drive is the answer, what is a virtual drive and how would I use them to restore damaged partitions, especially since it appears Nero provides no boot-disk creator.

Question by:jbm4
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    The image drive is meant to copy cds or dvds as one image file to your disk, then you can mount the and it will look as if this was a separate cd or dvd rom drive with the cd or dvd inside.

    Backitup is the utility to use to back up data. If you are going to use dvd or cds as backup media, make sure you don't use the fastest speed, and also, after the backup is done, selectively restore some data to an empty space on your HD, and open the files with the program you created the files with. CD and DVD media are often not very reliable, and by testing your backups you'll be less prone to surprises if after the backup you delete those files and later you can't use the backup.

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    Dear Rindi,
    Thank-you for explaining that about Nero BackItup so clearly. However, I had a further question  : in the event of a system crash or data damage when I would want to restore a partition, and if I was unable to boot into windows, does Nero offer any option to create a boot disk, such as Acronis or Ghost do, to enable me to get into Nero BackItup?

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    No. It doesn't backup the drive as an image either. For that you would have to use acronis (I prefer acronis to ghost...). To be able to restore a nero backup you will need to have reinstalled a minimal system at least. Nero backup is more similar to tape backups the way it works.

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