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Backing up your drivers
Posted by Jason G. on 13 August 2010 09:55 PM

Backing up your drivers

You should back up your drivers before reinstalling the operating system or updating drivers. To back up your drivers:

1. Click the 'Backup Drivers' icon. The program searches for all drivers installed in current system.

2. A list of installed drivers appears in the right window pane. To view details of a device driver, click the device in the list. The details are displayed in the window.

Current used Drivers
These drivers are currently being used on your computer. They need to be backed up.

Windows Original Drivers
These drivers are included in the Windows installation CD and are installed automatically during the Windows installation procedure. They normally do not need to be backed up.

Disconnected Devices Drivers
These drivers belong to devices which are not currently connected to your computer. If you want to use these devices in the future, their drivers must be installed on your PC. Therefore, you need to back them up. This is very important when installing drivers on a clean, newly-installed operating system.

3. Select the drivers that you want to back up and click 'Next'. By default all drivers will be backed up. This will take more time and disk space, so you may want to back up only the currently used drivers.

4. Select the Backup type. DriverDoc can back up drivers to a ZIP file, a self-extractor, or an Auto-Installer. Click the drop down menu -> Select the Backup type. Choose from the 4 options available. If you want to install drivers on multiple computers with the same configuration, we strongly recommend you should back up the drivers to an auto-installer. You can use the Auto-Installer to install drivers on a new system very quickly without DriverDoc, and thereby save lots of time.

5. Choose a location to save your driver backup files and click 'Next' to start the backup process.

Warning! Do not save the backup files in the partition where you install Windows. All data in that partition will be lost during the Windows installation process.

Using the command line to back up drivers

DriverDoc allows you to back up your drivers in command line mode.

Usage: DriverDoc.exe [/B|?] [/T|A] [/D|Z|E|I] Backup location

First parameter - Specifies the action
/? - Show help
/B - Backup drivers

Second parameter - Specifies which drivers you want to back up
/T - Third-Party drivers (Recommended)
/A - All drivers

Third parameter - Specifies the backup type
/D - Default backup type: backs up selected drivers to the specified folder.
/Z - Backs up selected drivers and sends them to a ZIP file.
/E - Backs up selected drivers and sends them to a self-extracting file.
/I - Backs up selected drivers and sends them to an Auto-Installer.

Fourth parameter - Specifies the backup location

Example:
C:\DriverDoc\DriverDoc\DriverDoc.exe /B/T/I D:\DriversBackup.exe

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