Purpose of the SafeGuard Easy kernel backup

  • Article ID: 107390
  • Updated: 14 Apr 2014

SafeGuard Easy multi-platform 4.5x

Client OS

Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP

Server OS



What is the SafeGuard Easy Kernel Backup good for? Should a backup of the SafeGuard Easy kernel be made on a regular basis?


After SafeGuard Easy is installed using the default settings, the next thing that normally happens is that the SafeGuard Easy Kernel Backup Wizard will be launched. While this wizard is considered somewhat of a nuisance by some users, we recommend very much to backup the SafeGuard Easy kernel for each machine individually and on a regular basis.

What is the kernel backup good for?

Imagine a scenario in which the SYSTEM password has become known by a certain user. This user now changes the SYSTEM password on his machine. The new password will not be known by the IT administrator. A couple of weeks later, the user of this laptop returns from vacation and cannot remember either his own password or that SYSTEM password (which he changed some weeks ago). As a result, the user can no longer authenticate to the PBA. Of course there is important data on the machine.

In this case, the IT administrator could use a SafeGuard Easy kernel backup from that machine, which was taken at a time before the SYSTEM password had been changed and which correspond to the "official" SYSTEM password.

Another scenario where it is good to have a backup of the SafeGuard Easy kernel is when the hard disk is suffering from physical damage. Over the time, the number of defective sectors increases. If, by chance, a physical defect occurs within the range of the SafeGuard Easy kernel, it can happen that a user will not be able to log on to the PBA anymore. Theorectically, the entire disk could now be copied to a new hard disk, but of course the defective sectors will not be copied - including those sectors which contain the SafeGuard Easy kernel.

The only way to access data on the new hard drive would be to restore the corresponding SafeGuard Easy kernel backup on the new hard drive.

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