What is NTBackup?

NTBackup is the built-in backup application created by Microsoft Windows NT. It was included for all subsequent versions up to and including Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. It uses BKF to backup files and supports encrypting file system, NTFS hard disks, and removable media. Besides it features integration with task schedule and it has several command line switches for schedule automated backups. NTBackup helps you back up both data and operating system to disk or tape. Even without the help of third-party software, you can also protect your data.

The Remarkable features of NTBackup

  • Automated System Recovery (ASR)
  • The ASR helps you create a two-part backup of your system, without ASR, recovering a failed system is a time consuming job. It needs fixing the hardware, reinstalling the OS’s and SP’s, software then you can restore data from backup. However, ASR allows you to restore your system automat in an emergence situation.

  • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)
  • VSS allows files and folders to be recorded at a moment in time. It was first introduced on OS’s in windows XP, then in the sever OS’s in windows 2003 server and then the version of files from earlier time accessed later in the event of data loss or damaged.

  • Scheduling Automatic Backups
  • It permits you to do schedule backup jobs. Because NTbackup builds a command-line string to launch itself according to the parameters you set up in the UI.

  • Open File Backup
  • It can back up the files which are running or being changed.


Windows backup was designed to small or mid-sized groups to back up their data on servers without the help of third-party software. However, with the daily increasing data, maybe the build-in tool can’t satisfy your more needs of protecting data. Besides only you launch Automate System Recovery then you can restore your backup, or you will have to install windows first and then restore your backup. Because NTBackup is unable to do a bare metal restore. Therefore, if you need an all-in-one tool to satisfy your more needs, maybe free AOMEI Backupper can help you protect your data safely.