About encrypted hard drive
Encrypting a hard drive is a good way to protect your data from unauthorized access and keep some important information from leaking to others. For example, if your computer contains some important information, you can encrypt the drive. And only the one who knows the password can access the hard drive while others cannot.
It is popular among people to use BitLocker to protect data security. Many editions of Windows and Windows Server has introduced BitLocker as a built-in feature. BitLocker is a technology that allows you to encrypt your entire hard disk including Operating System.
Should I backup an encrypted hard drive?
Although you have encrypted your hard drive, it never means your data on the hard drive is completely secure. Encryption only works for your data confidentiality. If you want to get lost data back, you should backup the encrypted hard drive.
Actually, there are many things may cause data loss, like hard disk failure, system corruption, malware or virus attack, etc. If you have backed up the hard drive in advance, when bad things happens on your computer, you can always restore your hard drive from the image backup you created before.
How to backup encrypted hard drive?
Common tools cannot backup encrypted hard drive, you need a professional backup software. Here, I will introduce you an awesome disk backup software.
Free backup software
AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free disk backup software which allows you to backup system, disk, partition to different locations like external hard drive, cloud drive, NAS, etc. With sector by sector backup embedded, you can backup all sectors of disks or partitions whether used or not. And you can even backup encrypted hard drive.
Also, this software can encrypt your backups. Only the one who knows the password can restore the image backup, which largely protects your data security. Go ahead and see how to backup encrypted hard drive.
Detailed steps to backup encrypted hard drive
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper standard, install and run the software.
Step 2. At the main interface of the software, click Backup and select Disk Backup.
Step 3. At Step1, select the disk you need to backup. At Step2, select another location as the destination path. This software will backup the encrypted drive with Make an Exact Backup mode, so make sure the destination disk has to be equal or larger to the source disk.
1. Make an Exact Backup will backup all sectors of hard drive whether used or not, it will take much time and space. To save time and space, it is recommended to decrypt the hard drive first, and then backup it with Intelligent Sector Backup. Intelligent Sector Backup only backup the used space, it is much faster than sector by sector backup.
2. You can encrypt your backups by clicking Backup Option. Just tick email notification if you want to be notified. And you can set compression level by clicking compression. Password encryption is available for advanced editions.
Step 4. At the bottle, there are also Schedule, Scheme that you can click to have more advanced settings.
Schedule: It allows you to set automatic backup. You can backup your hard drive with five modes: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event Triggers, and Real-time Sync. Click Advanced at Schedule, you can choose a way to perform the scheduled backup: Full Backup, Incremental Backup and Differential Backup.
Scheme: You are allowed to automatically delete old backup by clicking Scheme and Ticking Enable Disk Space Management, which is available in the paid version. Upgrade the software if needed.
Step 6. Go back to the interface of Disk Backup and click Start Backup.
If you backed up your disks or partitions in the sector by sector mode, you can subsequently perform a sector by sector restore.
To make a conclusion, even you have encrypted your hard drive, it is still very crucial to the hard drive. An image backup enables you to recover lost data when needed.
With Sector by sector backup feature of AOMEI Backupper, you can backup encrypted hard drive without efforts. The best part is you can even encrypt the hard drive during the backup, which provides double protection for your data.
AOMEI backupper is designed for your data security and works in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Visa. It is also a fantastic disk cloning software. You are allowed to clone encrypted hard drive to SSD with sector by sector mode.