How to Create Tree File Structure Backups with Drive Backup" Personal Edition

Posted on 2009-04-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I recently obtained Paragon's Drive Backup", version 9.0, build 7267 (13.12.08 )Personal Edition and have spent hours trying to figure out something which I can't believe is this hard to find out.

I want to create backups in which I can see the typical file folder tree structure for all the backed-up files. Instead, no matter what I do, I end up with files named "archive.001" with the file type "001 File" (at least this is what's listed under "Type."

How can I create a backup of the form I desire?
Question by:photoman11
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    One of the critical differences between backup programs or options in backup programs is the way the backups are stored:

    Type 1: In the systems that I prefer, the files are stored in native format.  This means that you can see them and copy them from the backup media.  

    Type 2: In some systems the files are stored in a proprietary format.  This means that you have to have the program you used for backup installed on the computer that will retrieve the files.  It sounds like this is what you're using.  (I don't know of any drive imaging programs, i.e. drive cloning program, that do it any other way).  If there's going to be compression, this is the likely method.  One might ask: With the size of hard drives these days, who needs compression?

    Even if you're using Type 2, you can probably see the files as you'd like if you go to the Restore process.  With any luck, you won't be forced to restore in order to see them - after all, you'd have to select one to Restore and you need to see them to do that.

    Otherwise, maybe you'd be happier with something more like Type 1 programs.  I rather like No Hands Backup.  It's inexpensive and very straightforward and saves the files in their native formats and tree structure (as long as you save entire trees of course!).

    What's the difference between copy and backup?  Not much I'd say unless there's compression involved.

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    thanks for your help.

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