Hardware Support

BackupAssist has extensive hardware support for each backup solution which means you'll be able to get the most value from your current storage systems.


Strategies for specific hardware types

BackupAssist simplifies hardware detection by providing built-in support for a wide range of backup destinations. Use the backup job wizard to select the type of hardware you want to use. BackupAssist provides a configuration screen specific to that device and presents you with backup schedules and media rotation options that match the hardware.

Want to encrypt your data on the hardware? Simply tick 'Enable TrueCrypt encryption' when you create a File Protection of File Archiving backup.

Want to retain historical information in your image backups? Simply tick 'Enable Data container' when you create a System Protection backup.


Tape drive support

To maximize your investment in tape you can use BackupAssist with the BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on for a cost-effective tape backup solution.

Zip-To-Tape Add-on benefits include:

  • Support for a wide variety of standalone tape drives
  • Safe and secure backups with 256-bit AES encryption
  • Multi-threading architectures for fast tape backups
  • Real-time data compression to tape drives
  • VSS support for consistent open file backups

More information is available on the File Archiving page.


Seamless USB hard drive support

BackupAssist solves the two biggest problems with USB HDD backups:

  • Safely eject the hard drive after the backup
  • Backup errors when the OS has changed the drive letter. With media tracking, BackupAssist backs up to prepared media even if the drive letter has changed.

Hardware destinations supported

BackupAssist supports a wide variety of media types and hardware destinations. The hardware destinations available when creating a job depend on the backup type that was selected during the previous step of the job creation wizard.

The table below outlines the media that BackupAssist supports and the associated backup types.

Backup Type(s) File Archiving (with Zip to Tape Add-on)
Backup Data Written directly to tape media.
Compatible with Any standalone tape drive compatible with Windows Backup
*Requires Zip-To-Tape Add-on for Vista and newer
Backup Type(s) System Protection
File Protection
File Archiving
Backup Data Written directly to external drive. A second copy can also be stored on an alternate location.
Compatible with Any external hard drive supported by Windows (USB, Firewire, eSata, etc)
Backup Type(s) System Protection
File Protection
File Archiving
Backup Data Written directly to QuikStor disk. A second copy can also be stored on an alternate location.
Compatible with The Tandberg Data rdx QuikStor drive and removable disk media.
Backup Type(s) System Protection
File Protection
File Archiving
Backup Data Written directly to the iSCSI target.
Compatible with Windows Server 2008 and later
Backup Type(s) System Protection
File Protection
File Archiving
Backup Data Written directly to NAS device. A second copy can also be stored on an alternate location.
Compatible with NAS, SNAP and other network storage devices that appear as shares on the network.
Backup Type(s) File Archiving
Backup Data Written to a local/network drive first and then transferred to the FTP server.
Compatible with Any machine that acts as an FTP server.
Backup Type(s) System Protection
File Protection
File Archiving
Backup Data Written directly to local directory. A second copy can also be stored on an alternate location.
Compatible with Any local drive or directory.
Backup Type(s) File Archiving
Backup Data Written to a local/network drive first and then burnt to writable media.
Compatible with Variety of writable media: CD-R/RW, CD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, Blu-ray, DVD-RAM
Backup Type(s) File Protection
Backup Data Copied to Rsync destination using the Rsync protocol.
Compatible with Any machine that can act as an Rsync server, compatible NAS device; and Amazon S3 via s3rsync.com
*Requires Rsync standalone or Rsync Add-on license key

Customer testimonials

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