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Backup of Drives with PGP Encryption Now Faster with Casper

One should always encrypt data on PCs and notebooks, especially now that the governmental and industrial demand for protecting private information is growing, along with the fines if such is left unprotected even without much resulting damage. Stolen, lost or breached laptops and desktops are also a never-ending occurrence.



But if you encrypt the data on your drive with programs like BitLocker or TrueCrypt doesn‘t necessarily mean that the local backups to USB or notebook is also encrypted. How many people, however, would know or have the time to encrypt the archive as well or use an encrypted hard disk, especially in small to medium companies.


Casper Secure Drive Backup


The emergence of Casper Secure Drive Backup 2.0 by Future Systems Solutions has just made the encryption of backups fast and easy for PGP encrypted hard disk running Windows. This software makes an encrypted “clone” of the system Windows drive, together with the OS, programs, settings and all user data. The application operates within Windows thus excluding the nuisance of not using or restarting the PC.


Marty Rubenstein, the company’s Product Manager, claims that Casper is the only program on the market now, which creates a copy of the PGP Whole Disk in one go from Windows without losing the original encryption of the data.


The “clone” can be used immediately from anywhere with a PGP key. It can be accessed, browsed or used as backup boot drive, even from an external USB. According to president of Luth Computer Specialists Beth Cohen, this mode of operation would be useful for those encrypting desktops or laptops and making local copies.


Other applications of Casper


According to the developers, Casper can transfer a whole PGP encrypted system to a larger hard disk and have access to the full capability of the new one, or transfer from a hard disk to a solid-state disk – always without the need to decrypt/encrypt everything, as is the case for other cloning methods.


Casper Secure Drive Backup may be useful even to companies who backup over networks by PGP because it can provide them with separate archiving and restoring utility.


The new features include support for PGP Desktop 10, Windows 7, and SSDs, enhanced scheduling of backups and up to fifty times faster work thanks to the SmartClone Plus technology.


Rubenstein claims that the application can also backup and restore from flash drives if they are used as hard disks rather than big floppies, despite the fact that this type of archiving is not yet officially supported. He notes that flash drives, factory made as super-floppy or hybrid with CD, can be restarted to appear as hard disk, at which point Casper will find and use them.

What backup Settings Should I use to Maximize My Disk Space?

The computer is a device that can contribute a lot to a person. This is a product of advanced technology. It has systems and works in so many ways. The computer can be resembled to a human. It has a brain where all files are stored and secured.

Getting started

Windows is one of the operating systems created to be installed in the computer in order to make it functional and this can be purchased from any computer market. This operating system serves as the master system of the computer. Once installed, the computer is ready to access and use.

The data files of a computer are stored in the hard drive. These files can be saved and be deleted. It can also be backed up and restored.

The two types of back up settings

The user has two back up setting options to choose from on backing up the data files.

1.    First, the user can choose to let the Windows choose which folders and files to be backed up. This option allows the user to let the Windows back up data files that are in local libraries, system image of the programs, and default Windows folders which include Searches, Saved Games, Favorites, Downloads, Desktop, Contacts and App Data.
2.    Second, the user itself can select which folders and files are to be backed up. This option allows the users to back up drives, individual folders, or libraries. Take note that known system folders and known program files that were selected cannot be backed up for such reason that these folders contain files which need Windows to run and was defined as part of a program in the registry by the time the program was installed. Also, if there was no file selected, back up cannot be performed.

Maximize the space. The user can check the disk space of his/her computer. Backing up the data files can save disk space. The user can maximize the disk space of the computer by choosing the right back up setting.

From the above mentioned types of back up settings, Windows Backup is the right back up setting in maximizing the disk space. It provides the user with options of managing the disk space by setting it up. Once the Windows Backup has been set up, the user can go to the Backup and Restore in the Control Panel to view the free space and the used space of the disk.

Backup periods are sets of back up files. In a period of time, the Windows creates a new and full back which is known as the backup period. This maximizes the disk space because the Windows Backup back ups only those new and modified files. Automatically, when the disk starts to run out of space, Windows deletes those older system image files.

Windows Backup can be set up to retain many system images. Space for backup disk is provided and only keeps the most updated system image. Therefore, the user can save as many system image files as he/she wants without taking much space in the disk.

How to Restore Files from a Backup

Losing vital data from the personal computers due to hacks or virus attacks is one common fear that torments every computer user. Saving all your data, during such attacks is the main criterion that every computer user looks up to. As a result, it gets extremely essential to take the back up of all your files, programs and system settings. Well, all you really need to do is simply create the system image (the exact copy of your desired drive) which mainly contains the copies of Windows, files, programs and system settings. This system image is then after stored separately in a distinctive location, away from your original files, programs and system settings. Well, in order to restore all your lost content, you can simply use this system image which contains the back up of all your essential data.

In case your system uses the Windows Backup system for taking the back up of all your vital files, you can also create a system image every time your back up is taken. These back up files can be then saved in a CD, DVD, USB flash drive or in a hard drive. However by default, the system image, takes the back up of only the drive within which the Windows system is installed. Well, you can also take the back up of the other drives manually, in order to save all your data. Follow the steps below in order to take the back up of all the other drives in your computer.

Taking the back up of all your essential settings, files and programs

Click on the Start button and then open the Control Panel.  Now click on the System and Maintenance option which includes the Backup and Restore option within. Open the Backup and Restore option.
Click on the Create a System Image option provided in the left pane. Now follow the steps as provided within the wizard. If you are asked for a confirmation or administrator password, simply offer back the needed details.Saving the different versions of all the System Images.

Every time you take a system image for the desired drives, you will be saving them in a different version. Well, you can save these system images in your external hard drives, internal drives, CDs, DVDs, etc. Also, in case if your drive runs short of enough space for storing the new system image, then it automatically deletes the older system images.

You can also store your system images in your network location. However, you can only store the latest system image of your computer in your network location. Usually, these system images are stored in the given format: drive\WindowsImageBackup\computer name\. Well, every time you take the system image for your computer, it will over write the previous version. But if you want to save the existing image and also create a new system image, you simply need to do copy the previous one into a different location using the following steps.

How to use the Backup utility to back up files and folders in Windows XP Home Edition

Learning the procedure to use backup utility for restoring all your backup files and important folders is one extremely essential process, you should be familiar to. However, in the Windows XP Home Edition, the Backup Utility system is not included in the default installation set up by Windows XP. Hence, before you get familiar to the steps involved in using the Backup Utility, you need to install it in your system.

Installing the Backup Utility

Backup Utility service is usually included in the Windows XP Home Edition CD. Here is how you install it:

  • Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD or DVD drive of your computer.
  • Click onto Exit.
  • Now locate the location of the folder: CDDrive:\ValueAdd\Msft\Ntbackup in the CD.
  • Select Ntbackup.msi by double-clicking on it. This will install the Backup Utility system in your computer.
  • When the installation finishes, Click onto Finish.
  • Simply take off your CD.

Taking back up of your files and folders

Start using your Backup Utility

  1. Click onto the Start button and then select Run.
  2. In the Open box, type ntbackup.exe and then press OK.

Select all the items you want to take the back up for and the backup file location

  • Select on the Advanced Mode. * If the Backup and Restore Wizard automatically starts, this means that the utility has already started in the wizard mode. Click on the check box with Always Start In Wizard Mode, in order to clear the option.
  • Now click on the Backup button.
  • Select Job menu and then click on New.
  • Now click onto the check boxes located just near the drives. In case if you select certain files and folders, then simply click and expand the drives in which the files are located. Now select all the check boxes for the particular files and other folders for which you intend to take the back up.
  • Select the check box named System State in the navigation pane located just below My Computer.
  • Here, if your Backup Destination is made available to you, simply click onto the backup destination where you wish to store your backup. * For the selected File, type the entire path and also file name that you wish to store into the File Name Box And Backup Media box.

Start taking Backup

  • Click on to Start Backup and then open Backup Job Information box.
  • Now, under the If The Media Already Contains Backups option, take either of the steps mentioned below.
    • If you wish to attach these files with the previously stored backup files, then click on Append This Backup To The Media. This will allow you to store all your backup data together.
    • If you wish to overwrite the previous backup, then select, Replace the data on the media with this backup. This option will help you to save only the current data and erase the previous records.
  • Now Click on Advanced.
  • Click on Verify Data After Backup.
  • Now click on the type of backup you wish to create. Click the backup type and its description. Select any of the following:
    • Copy
    • Normal
    • Incremental
    • Daily
    • Differential
  • Again click on OK and then on Start Backup. A dialog box named Backup Progress is then displayed. This will start your backup.
    • Click on Close and then on Exit.
  • Exit Backup Utility
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