How to Backup VHD, VHDX while Running


VHD and VHDX Backup Software for Virtual Machines and Servers

BackupChain is a easy to use and powerful backup tool for IT professionals, specifically designed for Windows Server and Windows PCs. It can be set up in various environments and offers file version histories, disk cloning and imaging, delta compression, virtual server backup, VHD backup, VHDX backup, and database support, and an optimized multi-threaded backup engine for fast backups. Live VHD backup and VHDX backup are critical features for the protection of Hyper-V virtual machines; see our Hyper-V Backup page for in-depth information.

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Extendable PC and Windows Server Data Protection

  • Professional Windows backup program with a simple interface. See our Beginner Tutorial.
  • BackupChain’s Hyper-V backup also works on Windows Server 2022 – 2008, Azure Stack HCI, Hyper-V Server 2019 – 2008, Windows 11-8, as well as core Installations. Hyper-V Installation Instructions are available for reduced User Interface environments.
  • VMware backup, local and remote virtual machine backup while running
  • Virtual machine backup while running
  • VHD and VHDX Support, as well as Hyper-V snapshot support


Powerful Data Protection Features

  • BackupChain disaster recovery software scans file versions and only stores the difference. (In-file delta or delta compression)
  • Because only file changes are backed up, you can back up virtual machines, databases, and other large files using less space. This feature also makes backups to a FTP location more efficient.
  • Backup SQL databases without stopping the database server.
  • Efficient handling of large files larger than 4GB
  • Support for ultra-long (32768 characters) file and path names, even with ZIP compression
  • Support for international characters in file names (Unicode file names)
  • BackupChain also supports USB 3.0 external hard drives and other backup media.
  • Purchase includes one or two year update subscription.
  • Free lifetime developer support


Free Lifetime Support for Peace of Mind

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VHD & VHDX Backup to External Hard Drives, Network Shares, and FTP

BackupChain performs fast differential backups to local, eSATA drives, USB, network drives, and FTP. In addition, the built-in FTP backup server permits receiving files from other machines on the Internet. This feature enables the creation of a remote backup system that’s private, secure, under your control, and fully self-sufficient.
To meet the needs of growing small and medium-sized companies, BackupChain contains specialized proprietary technology to handle millions of files and so-called “in-file deltas”. Delta compression is ideal for large files, such as databases and VHD and VHDX virtual hard drives, because only file changes are stored rather than the entire file. BackupChain is the only USB backup program available that provides delta compression, which significantly minimizes bandwidth and storage requirements.

Secure Online and Cloud Backup for Servers and Desktops — You Own Both Sides

  • Set up and control your own online backup solution using the built-in FTP server. Running your own server at another site eliminates FTP hosting costs and your data is stored on your own computers.
  • Back up your VHD / VHDX and data files to any other PC running BackupChain or any FTP hosting site on the Internet.
  • Back up your office files to your home computer and vice-versa.
  • Back up your servers and PCs at several office locations.
  • Protect your digital property with secure transmission (FTPS) and military-strength encryption (FIPS, HIPAA compliant).

Configurable File Versioning

  • Configure precisely the number of versions you want to keep depending on the file type and file location.
  • Compress specific file types the way you need (in-file delta, zip, rar, gz, etc.)
  • Specify different settings for each folder and file type
  • Specify specific file types to omit

System File Backup and Locked File Handling

  • BackupChain opens locked files of any type.
  • You can back up databases while the database server is live (Microsoft SQL, etc.)
  • Virtual machine backup live on Hyper-V, VMware, VirtualBox and other platforms.
  • Applications and system files can be processed while they are running.

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