Disk Space management is one of the most crucial aspect of computing. This also includes the way we store our data and manage the same for secure and easy retrieval. When it comes to storage devices Seagate doesn’t need any introduction, but what we are here to talk about is the Seagate DiscWizard utility that works with Seagate and Maxtor hard drives.
The Seagate DiscWizard is more than just a disc cloning software and it will come in handy in case you are planning to upgrade your hard drive. Thankfully it also comes baked in with the Intel Data Migration Software meant for folks upgrading to an Intel SSD drive.
As we explained before the program helps you to backup your entire disk and then migrate the data to your new hard drive.
Backing it up
The backup process can be segregated into different levels based on the priorities, the Low setting will allow for a balanced performance, the Normal will equalize the resource consumption by Backup at par with other processes and the High process will run faster but will result in more CPU usage causing other applications to lag.
Opening the backup settings will give you options to decide in which format and how frequently you want your backup to happen. The reconfigure option will let you associate a particular backup with this computer and the clean up feature will let you clean up all the previous versions of the backup you wouldn’t be needing anymore.
Once the backup process is completed we would suggest you to validate the backup to ensure that it isn’t corrupted. In order to validate the backup select “Backup” on the sidebar and click Operations > Validate.
Before the actual recovery process, it is advisable to scan the PC for any viruses or malware and only after the clean sweep you may proceed with the Recovery.
If you intend to validate a backup manually, right click a backup file and select b. In case if you desire for the backup to be validated automatically select the “Recovery Wizard” and “Validate backup archive before recovery.”
Apart from this, Seagate DiscWizard lets you recover the data in many ways including creating a new disc under bootable media. Additionally, you may also be able to recover partitions and disks from the backup but be careful as the disc name might be changed after the recovery.
DiscWizard is useful in many ways, in fact it is one of the most comprehensive free tools available out there. Once you get the hang of the features, it would become an indispensable tool, as it will let you backup all your data in many different ways and you can also set it up to backup incrementally at predefined time intervals.
Some of you might want to take a look at Seagate Tools too.