Have unusual hardware? Make reinstalls easier by saving your drivers with Double Driver

Have unusual hardware?  Do you spend hours hunting down drivers for your computer every time you do a reinstall?  Go right to enjoying your new installation with Double Driver, a free piece of software that lets you back up, restore, and even print out a list of your drivers.

Why back up instead of search

If you don’t reinstall that often, you’re probably wondering what the advantages of backing up your drivers is.  For one, if you ever do need to reinstall, you’ll have them.  Plus, if you need to give a copy to a friend with the same computer, you can do that.  All in all driver backups are pretty much a “must” for any computer.

Backing up your drivers

Luckily, with Double Drivers backing up is as simple as pressing a few buttons.  Upon starting the program (dd.exe), you’ll find a minimal start page:

Simply click the Backup button to begin the process.

You can either have Double Driver scan your current system or another system.  Scanning another system requires restarting the program as Administrator and selecting the directory, while scanning your current system requires one single click.

After scanning your system, Double Driver will select all non-Microsoft drivers.  However, if there are drivers you don’t want, like the iTunes ones, you can simply uncheck them.  When you’re done selecting, just hit Backup Now, which will prompt you for a backup directory.

Your options for backups are a self-extracting EXE, a folder, and a ZIP folder.  By default the selection is just a normal folder; don’t change it unless you know why you want to.  Clicking OK will start the process:

Upon successful completion, it will beep and pop up a message.

At this point in time, you can just stick the backup some place safe like a CD, a thumb drive, or a USB hard drive for keeping until you need it.

Restoring a backup

There comes a time in every computer’s life when you have to reinstall its operating system.  Luckily, you already made a backup… riiiiight?

To restore your backup, open Double Driver again, this time as an Administrator.  Upon opening, just hit the Restore tab.  If you forgot to run it as Administrator, you’ll be prompted to open the program again.

Just hit Yes and go back to the Restore tab.

Upon selecting the Restore tab, you’ll be prompted for the location of your backup:

Just select a location and a backup.

Click OK and on Restore Now to begin your restoration.

It will lead you though a series of standard installation screens.

When it’s done, simply restart your computer and get to using it!  Restoring drivers has never been so easy.

Saving a list of your drivers

The last cool function DD provides is a list of all of your drivers.  Clicking the Save button will prompt you for a location:

Once it has finished saving, it will open in Notepad.

Saving a list of drivers is a good quick way to be sure you have all your required information.

Conclusion

Backing up drivers individually is a surprisingly easy task that is not widely publicized.  Backing up your drivers lets you play around with and reinstall your operating system without fear of losing hardware compatibility.  Double Driver is a free download, for any Windows XP or newer.

Version reviewed: v4.1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 2.1MB

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  • Muhammad Ilham Maulana

    Thanks, I really waiting for this until now…

  • Carlos SZ

    Currently (September 2011) the website link as well as the direct download link do work again.
    Thanks for the article. I did not notice it the first time it was published. I’ll try this app.

  • @Ashraf: Thanks for the update :)

  • Ashraf

    @Jon E: The developer’s website seems to have been erased. You can grab Double Driver from Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/Double-Driver.shtml.

  • The link, both direct and site don’t work for the download. Can you fix it please?

  • Mr Pippers

    Very Nice! Thanks

  • Jenny

    Thanks to both Ashraf and Locutus!

    I’d missed the review previously, and have just been thinking of the need for something like this :)

  • Locutus

    @Ashraf: Works for me! In truth I’d totally forgotten about having written this.

    Is this review of the latest version? I wrote this a while ago….

  • Thank for the article!

    Tell me please do you guys encounter any problems with backing up the drivers or restore them? It seems that every time I need to use this program something gets wrong.

  • Renato

    I had seen your site last week, you have a very good site. I have downloaded and tryed this program and I seem a good program. Congratulation for your works and I’m sorry for mistakes in English but it’s not my native linguage.

    Bye, Renato

  • Ashraf

    @Ashraf: My review was of a much older version anyway.

  • Ashraf

    Oh crap, I just remembered that I wasn’t supposed to publish this article because I already wrote about Double Driver way back when. Oh well… I guess it doesn’t hurt to review a good program twice.

    Sorry to anyone this has inconvenienced!

    (And good article Locutus.)