No matter how hard you work on your computer health maintenance, one day you may face the complete system crash beyond the point of restoration. If you have saved the drive image, you will reinstall it fast and easily on the same Hard Drive or on the new Hard Drive, if the original has died. In such situation, you do not need the drivers’ reinstallation as a separate action item.
However, there are situation, when having backed your drivers up may be handy and useful. For example, you want to refresh your Operating system, and you reinstall everything “from scratch”. Or, when your single driver crashed, and you need to reinstall it back to support particular hardware. System manufacturers rarely supply drivers on disc anymore, and you may find it difficult to find the certain driver online. In most cases, you will eventually get it, but that will take extra time and nerves, before the component functionality will be restored. It is especially critical, when the missing driver is the one responsible for the Internet connection. So, you will have to use another system to access Internet and search for suitable drivers.
Semper Driver Backup is a free and very easy to use utility that allows you to backup and restore drivers to and from local Windows systems. Unlike standard driver backup utilities, it runs the backup on all system devices and components.
Semper Driver Backup will run through your system and find every single driver. With one click it will back up all drivers to a folder of your choice. Semper Driver Backup also creates a backup log which serves two purposes, firstly to document activities and secondly to provide an import script for later use. You can save your backup on internal or external HDD, or even on your safe online storage, so it will be at hand, when and if you need it.
Developers’ website: http://www.sempersoftware.com/products/semper-driver-backup
Downloading page: http://www.sempersoftware.com/node/7
Note that you will have to fill the form with your name and email address in order to get downloading link from the developer. Until recently, they did not accept the free public domains, like Hotmail or Gmail, but it has changed, so any email address will be accepted.
If you are not feeling like giving away your personal data, you can download the software from Softpedia, were no questions are asked before giving you the link: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Semper-Driver-Backup-Download-191007.html
Freeware software version is supported by ads. If you would like to make it ad-free, you can pay $4.99 for removing the advertisements.