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Driver Backup - 5 Reasons Why You Need to Backup Your Device Drivers

Every computer is made up of several different hardware components. Each of these pieces is usually made by a different manufacturer, and the different parts cannot communicate effectively without special software programs. These programs are known as device drivers. They often come on a CD-ROM with a new component, or can be downloaded from a manufacturer's website. Inside your computer there is a sound card, video card, hard drive, and CD rom or DVD rom drive. Outside your computer there is also a keyboard, a monitor, and a mouse. Each of these pieces needs a driver program to tell your computer how to talk to it, even if the parts are all attached on a laptop or netbook computer. Without these drivers, your computer cannot communicate with and use its components. Losing your device drivers can cause major problems, but a driver backup can help prevent these problems.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to backup your pc device drivers either manually or using a driver backup program:

1. If you ever decide to reformat your hard drive and reinstall your operating system, you will need to reload all your system's device associated drivers all over again, from basic components to peripherals like webcams and scanners. The easiest way to reload these drivers is from a backup you would have made earlier on. This can save you a tremendous amount of time and the resources you would require to find and install these drivers manually.

2. Having a backup of your drivers can save a lot of headache when you encounter problems with your pc devices. Nobody plans to have computer problems, and it pays to be ready for anything. A current driver backup lets you restore your system immediately instead of spending hours searching the internet for the right driver for each device.

3. Drivers can go bad like every other kind of software. You have probably fixed a problem by uninstalling and reinstalling a program that suddenly stopped working. Computer code can become corrupted over time, and drivers are a kind of program. Having a driver backup allows you to quickly fix the problem when your mouse stops working, or your computer suddenly can't communicate with your printer.

4. Driver updates don't always work. Manufacturers sometimes release new drivers for their devices, allowing them to keep working with your continuously updated operating system. Sometimes, the latest drivers have bugs or other issues that the manufacturers aren't aware of yet. A bad driver can slow down your whole system or prevent a device from working at all. If a problem occurs after a driver has been updated, you can use your driver backup to restore the functional version of the program.

5. Drivers can be a pain to find online. It's true that the correct drivers for nearly every device can be found on the internet, but it is a very big internet. Sometimes the drivers cannot be found, and the entire component must be replaced. A driver backup allows you to avoid this entire problem.

If you have never considered backing up your computer's device drivers, this may be the right time to do so before any problem arises. You can either do this manually if you know your way around your system, or you may consider one of the several driver backup tools available.


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PCMate Free Driver Backup is a device driver backup utility designed to backup driver of system for safekeeping in case of system crash or reinstallation of Windows. This free driver backup program identifies all the hardware in the system, extracts their associated drivers from the hard disk and backs them up to categorized folders. Download and try this program for free now!

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