Imaging vs. Backup: Which to Use?

If you are confused about whether to choose disk imaging or backup software, you need to first understand the differences between the two. One question that comes up is if the terms “imaging” and “backup” are interchangeable. Well, they are not.

Although these terms are sometimes mistakenly used interchangeably, the two types of software actually differ significantly. Backup software copies just your data, while disk imaging software makes a full, exact copy of your entire hard drive.  Thus, with imaging software, you get a perfect mirror of the PC. Certain software programs do include both functions, such as Laplink Software’s DiskImage.

Importance of Imaging

If you only have a backup of your data and you need to format your PC, you will have to reinstall your operating system and all your software. In addition, you will also need to restore the backup data on the hard disk and individually reset all your preferences.  Thus, solely backing up data is not sufficient if you want to easily keep the same personalization of your PC. To accomplish this, use imaging software to restore the exact copy of your hard drive to your PC, and your PC will be the same as it was previously.

Imaging can also be convenient if you want to upgrade the hardware. Restore the image of your old disk onto your new computer, and your new PC will then have the same setup as your old PC. If you chose to instead back up your PC and reinstall the software, it would take you much more time and effort because you would need to restore each part one by one.

Third, if you image your hard drive regularly, then in case of any system failure you will be able to easily restore your PC to the point before the failure. You can schedule the imaging process with the help of imaging software. Imaging routinely has two advantages – you don’t lose any data, and neither do you need to reinstall your system.

Importance of Backup

Creating a backup of your PC also has some benefits. For starters, when you upgrade your computer’s operating system, taking a precautionary backup of your data is a good option.

Also, if you frequently revise files and create new files on your PC, taking a backup of the data at regular intervals is more important than creating a new image each time. This way, you can take a backup of only the files that have changed since the last backup, which will take less time and use less storage space than imaging each time.

Therefore, it is up to you to decide if you want to use imaging or backup software. If you want to avoid reinstalling your programs, use imaging. If you want to copy data and keep it safely, creating a backup is the best option.

For the most versatility, select software with combined imaging and backup functionality, such as Laplink DiskImage.  With DiskImage, you can choose which functionality to use based on your specific needs in each situation.

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SafeErase: Its Critical Importance

When it comes to computer data and security, erasing data permanently is not as simple as you might think. In the past, you may have placed unwanted files in the recycle bin and emptied the bin, thinking you removed the files completely. However, only the directory entry of each file is actually removed. The data remains on the hard disk and can be easily retrieved. If you format the partitions or opt for formatting through BIOS, a part of the data remains, and it can still be recovered, although one would need to work a bit harder to do so.

Considering all the problems associated with data theft and security, you need advanced software, such as Laplink SafeErase, to delete the data permanently. Laplink SafeErase, as the name suggests, deletes the data completely from your hard disk, making it unrecoverable for any misuse. Now that you understand SafeErase’s importance, let’s have a look at specific situations when SafeErase should be used.

#1: Recycling Hardware: Security Against Identity Theft

If you are planning to recycle or sell your old PC, you need to take precautionary measures to protect yourself and your data. If you only format your hard disk, sensitive documents may remain on your PC, leaving you at risk of identity theft. A tech-savvy individual can easily extract the information from your hard disk and use it against you or your organization. However, if you use Laplink SafeErase to securely delete all your data, your sensitive information will be unrecoverable. SafeErase’s government recommended deletion methods provide you with complete privacy protection.

#2: Ongoing Data Deletions

If you are planning to use your hard disk in a different computer, or you want to format it to make the performance more optimized, then you need to use SafeErase. With the help of SafeErase, you can permanently delete data you don’t want on your PC.

You should also use SafeErase for regular deletions of unwanted data, such as email archives, Internet browser data, and financial information. In the past, you may have deleted such files using the recycle bin, but now securely delete files so they are gone forever.

Now that you know why and when to use SafeErase from Laplink Software, it is time to start using the software. However, before securely deleting data, make a copy of any important files so that you don’t lose them. Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to us!

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