Double Driver Software

 

Even if you're religious about backing up important data, I'll wager you never thought to back up all your drivers.

What is a driver?

A driver is software that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or devices. Without drivers, the hardware you connect to your computer—for example, a video card or a webcam—will not work properly.

That's a worrisome oversight. After all, if your system ever suffers a major meltdown, you'll need mouse, printer, video, and other drivers to get everything up and running again. And take it from me: driver discs always go missing when you need them the most.

Double Driver 4.0 makes fast and easy work of saving all your drivers. The utility scans your system, automatically detects and selects those drivers that aren't native (i.e. part of the operating system), and lets you back them up to any kind of storage: a USB drive, a network folder, etc.

Double Driver also lets you print a list of your installed drivers and/or save the list as a text file. Both could come in mighty handy if you ever lose the backup itself.

What I like best about Double Driver, apart from it being free, is that it's a portable application. There's nothing to install; it can run just as easily from a flash drive as it can from your desktop.

Ultimately, this is one of those must-have (and must-use) utilities. Take three minutes and make a driver backup. The system you save could be your own.

Note: This program is donationware. It is free to try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further development.

OK, Lets get started by downloading it and running it.

1.  Go here to download Double Driver and save it to your desktop.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_download/fid,84516-order,4/download.html

2.  Double left click the ZIP file on your desktop titled double_drive_4.1.0_portable.zip   

3.  In the following screen, click on the EXTRACT ALL FILES.

4.  In the next window, keep everything as is.  Click on the EXTRACT button at the bottom.

5.  Now you have a yellow folder on your desktop titled double_drive_4.1.0_portable.   

However, the extracted files will open another window.

6.  Now, I want you to double left click on the words DOUBLE DRIVER in the right window pane.

7.  In the next window that opens, I want you to double left click on the words DD.EXE

8.  Click on the RUN button in the security warning window.

9.  This next window you see is the actual program.

10.  Now all you have to do is click the word BACKUP in the programs tool bar.   

11.  At the next window left click on SCAN CURRENT SYSTEM.        This will take no time at all.

12.  Now you see all the device drivers installed into your computer.  You will notice, all of them are checked EXCEPT the Microsoft drivers.  Those are automatically installed when you reinstall Windows, so you do not need to back them up.

13.  OK, lets back them all up.  Down in the bottom right, left click on BACKUP NOW button.

14.  At this next window, the program is asking you how you want them back stored.  Just leave everything as it is and click on the OK button

Now, before you ask, the program will back up the drivers within you documents folder.  (I'll show you)

This will take only a few minutes.  (Go get a drink!)

15.  Click on the OKEY DOKEY button and you are done!!!   

Close the program and open my Documents.  In Windows 7 it is located at C drive/Users/Owner/My Documents

OR

Click on start and type My Documents.  You will see it at the bottom   

16.  One very nice feature of this program, is during the backup procedure, it places the backed up drivers into their own folders.

This is a very nice feature for the geek, if or when a complete restore of your computer becomes necessary.

17. Be sure and backup these files when you do your back up.  It will do no good to go through this exercise and leave them on the computer which will not start.  My driver back up was a total of 68.0 Meg.  Yours will be different.

18.  You will notice, this program also has a restore option.  We are not going to learn that process any time soon.  (It's pretty geeky)

19.  There are other options within this program I have not gone into.  Feel free to explore!!