If you want to create a disk image of a system with a UEFI motherboard, you might be surprised to learn that your backup software doesn’t support it. Here is a list of disk imaging software that supports UEFI.
Some Background – Why UEFI?
UEFI is a specification for software that connects a computer’s operating system to its firmware. Basically, it’s the first program that runs when a computer is turned on.
UEFI is a relatively new specification. It’s set to replace BIOS, which has been around since 1975. UEFI has several advantages over BIOS, most important perhaps is the ability to boot 2 TB+ drives. However, booting a large hard drive isn’t the only reason you’ll want to choose UEFI. UEFI also has faster startup times when resuming from hibernation, and it better protects against bootkit attacks.
Steven Vaughan-Nichols of ITWorld.com has a great article, Goodbye BIOS, hello UEFI, that gives other reasons you’ll want to ditch BIOS in favor of UEFI.
As preparation for this post, I went through every program on my list of best disk imaging software, to check if UEFI is supported. Here are the results.
Acronis True Image
Acronis True Image has full support for EFI-based systems, as it has been documented in their knowledgebase.
Paragon Backup & Recovery
Paragon Backup & Recovery has “Complete uEFI support” according to their features and system requirements page.
Retrospect added UEFI support in a September 2014 update, with the ability to backup and restore local and remote Windows EFI clients.
EaseUS Todo Backup Free
An EaseUS support rep told me, “Todo Backup Free can support UEFI boot mode without any issue.”
Handy Backup Professional
UEFI: Not supported
Handy Backup doesn’t support UEFI at this time, according to Novosoft LLC.
Aomei Backupper Standard
AOMEI Backupper fully supports UEFI for boot, backup, and restore.
Like True Image, Acronis’ business line of disk imaging software supports UEFI as well.
NTI Backup Now EZ
UEFI: Supported, but only in version 4 and up
I reached out to NTI, and they replied “Support for UEFI is only available in Backup Now EZ 4, and Backup Now 5.5 doesn’t have support for UEFI.”
Macrium has support for the latest UEFI motherboards with GPT booting. They also have this handy guide to restore an MBR system image to a UEFI/GTP disk.
NovaStor added UEFI support to their signature line of backup software in April 2013, as shown in this announcement.
NTI Backup Now 5.5 Advanced
UEFI: Not supported
Confirmed with support rep.
StorageCraft added support for UEFI boot, secure boot, and 64-bit drivers in early 2015.
Paragon Backup & Recovery Free
I asked Paragon if UEFI is supported with their free software as well. They replied, “Yes, we support both uEFI and BIOS.”