Backup Destinations & Supported Hardware

BackupAssist supports an extensive range of hardware destinations. Comprehensive support means you can plan a backup strategy that fits your exact backup storage and retention requirements

Wide range of supported hardware
Easy hardware selection
Support for tape drives
Support for USB HDD

Tailor a strategy with your preferred backup media

BackupAssist makes hardware detection simple with inbuilt support for a wide range of backup destinations. Simply select your chosen hardware using the backup job wizard and then select your backup schedule from a choice of schemes based on your preferred backup destination. BackupAssist automatically presents options for backup schedules and media rotation that match your chosen hardware.

You can also easily retain important historical information in your image backups.  All you need to do is tick Enable Data Container when creating a System Protection image backup.  No matter what hardware you prefer to use as your destination, BackupAssist makes your life simple.

Minimize costs with Tape support

Use BackupAssist’s tape backup software Add-on for a cost-effective tape backup solution.  BackupAssist allows for easy configuration of a standalone tape drive for File Archiving backups. Adaptable configurations allow you to label your tapes, send warnings if they are not loaded, encrypt and compress data as it is backed up to tape. BackupAssist helps you get the most out of your investment in tape backups.

Chosing a tape backup destination with BackupAssist gives you:

  • 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
  • Digital tape labeling for reliable media rotation
  • Real-time data compression to tape
  • VSS support for consistent backups

Improve HDD backups with seamless USB support

Prefer HDD using USB hard disk drive (HDD) hardware? Well, you’re in luck, because using a USB HDD as your backup destination is exceedingly easy with BackupAssist. Traditionally two of the biggest problems with USB HDD have been safe ejection and backup errors due to a changed drive letter. Not anymore!

By using BackupAssist to facilitate USB HDD as a backup destination, you can:

  • Safely eject the hard drive after the backup
  • Label the removable drive for reliable drive rotation
  • Back up to the prepared hardware safely, even if the drive letter has changed.

Benefit from full support with a wealth of hardware

BackupAssist supports a wide variety of media types and hardware backup destinations. This gives you a wealth of choice and flexibility when planning the best possible backup strategy to fit your needs and circumstance. Different hardware destinations are made available by creating different types of backup jobs within the job creation wizard, allowing you to match the right hardware to the right task.

The table below outlines destinations supported by BackupAssist and the associated backup job 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) 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
*Requires Rsync standalone or Rsync Add-on license key

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