What is a drive image backup?

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A drive image backup is a backup type where an image of an entire hard drive is created and saved to an image file.

This image is an exact copy of your hard drive and contains its operating system, software, device drivers, and any files present on it.

Some advantages of drive image backups include:

  • Since a drive image backup is an exact copy of your hard drive, it is the most comprehensive backup type; it contains everything.
  • For complete disaster recovery, a drive image backup is a reliable option.

Some disadvantages of drive image backups include:

  • Drive image backups take longer to create than full, differential, incremental, or even mirror backups.
  • Drive image backups can take up considerable storage space.
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