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DrvBKHead I HATE reinstalling drivers! I like to create images and burn them to disk. These images contain the machine’s operating system and drivers, But this is not always possible and in a sticky situation, it is better to have a backup of the drivers. By using this small portable application called DriverBackup2, you can export your drivers and save them to a CD, DVD or pretty much anywhere for easy reinstallation.

Let’s see how this easy program can help us backup our drivers. I downloaded the 320kb RAR file and unrared it. Then I double-clicked on the DrvBK.exe file and was ready to rock and roll. Below, you will see a screen shot of what your directory should look like after extracting the files.

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Upon running the application, a window will appear. Don’t be alarmed that it says “No devices found. Check for administrative privileges or change listing first”. This is normal as it starts querying your machine. You can see at the bottom of the window it is already searching and getting to know your system’s devices.
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You can select which items you want to backup or select everything and do a full backup. After clicking the “Start Backup” button you will see this screen:

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Hit the “Browse” button to select your backup destination path. For this instance, I am setting it to my external hard drive. I choose “Make New Folder” and continued.

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I hit OK and then “Start Backup”¦”.

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And then it was done”¦ Almost instantly!

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I hit OK and then attempted to restore my drivers. I hit restore from the main menu and got this window:

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I opened the file and hit blamo all my drivers were listed. And restoring was as easy as clicking “Restore”!

Do you have a tool you use or another method of backing up your drivers? If you do – please share them with us in the comments!

  1. jake
    May 17, 2009 at 1:30 am

    made a switch from vista sp1 to win 7 and this backed up the drivers just fine but did not restore them in win 7. app said divers were not compatible with this os. just a heads up. win 7, however, alerted me upon restart that the correct drivers were found and allowed me to download and install them just fine.