We have consistently stressed the importance of backing up your PC data either online or offline. Even if you are not serious enough to backup all your data, it is very important to backup your Windows drivers at-least. If a Driver is mistakenly deleted or if it gets corrupted, you can easily restore it from the backup.
Windows Driver backup software enable you to copy, backup and extract the computer hardware device drivers whenever you want. Hardware drivers are important to any computer as the drivers provide detailed instructions to the OS on how the hardware should work.
Note: Before trying any Windows driver backup tool, you must use Windows Device Manager to check if all your drivers are working as expected or not. There is no point in backing up an outdated or non-working driver.
Below is the list of top 5 Windows driver backup utilities.
Top 5 Windows Driver Backup Software
1. Double Driver
Double Driver scans your Windows system and creates a listing of every since device driver that’s installed on the system. It also allows you to print out a driver list. Unlike other driver backup tools, Double Driver is not bloated with lots of features. It is very simple to use and it simply backs up and restores easily. Double Driver is a freeware and works on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
2. Driver Backup! 2
With DriverBackup 2, there are 3 types of devices driver backup modes to choose from, such as backup all drivers or just the OEM or Third party drivers. It is a lightweight open source utility and the best part is, it is portable! Driver Backup! 2 works fine with Windows XP and Windows Vista and is a nice addition to your USB flash drive.
3. Driver Magician Lite
Driver Magician Lite is another free software that will automatically search your drives for all the device drivers installed in your PC and back them up in a directory you chose. Installable is small, Installation is fast and backing up of all the drivers only takes a couple of minutes. The best part about Driver Magician is that it will mimic your computer’s folder tree and save each driver to an appropriate folder.
4. DriverGuide Toolkit
DriverGuide Toolkit identifies and lists drivers installed on your computer and, when connected to the Internet, allows you to search different sources for driver updates and manufacturer sites. In addition, it allows you to backup your currently installed drivers for safe keeping. Unlike the paid versions, the free version of DriverGuide Toolkit will not look for updates on the Internet and will not backup your drivers to a user defined location, take you to the manufacturer’s website or permit you to google it up.
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DriverMax is a tool that allows you to export all your current drivers to a folder or a compressed file. You can also download the latest driver updates for your computer. There are additional features, but that would require you to register for a free online account. Driver Max is designed to work with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2003 Sever. Both 32-bit and 64-bit of OS are supported. Off late it is getting a lot of bad rep since the developers have made it restricted freeware.
So, which is your favorite amongst these? Is there any other freeware you would like to suggest?