Backing up your important files, or perhaps your entire hard drive, is one of the most valuable maintenance tasks you could possibly do on your computer. With your data backed up, a hard drive crash or accidental deletion won't be nearly as painful.
Backup software makes backing up your data automatic - a must-have feature of any successful backup plan. Here is a list of some of the most popular backup software titles available:
Note: After writing so much about online backup, I'm now working to improve this list. Please let me know if you're a big fan of a commercial title I don't have listed here. I'm also working on a free backup programs list that I'll take suggestions for as well.
Acronis True Image 2014, like the other popular backup software programs profiled here, is a complete backup solution for your home computer.
The backup configuration process isn't quite as user friendly in Acronis True Image 2014 as it is in some other programs but it has a huge number of advanced, unique features including email notification of completed backups, a hard drive eraser tool, a pc cloning utility, and much more.
Acronis True Image 2014 is currently priced at $74.99 USD and is available for all major Windows versions.
Genie Backup Manager Home 9.0 is yet another excellent choice for your home backup needs. Like other backup programs, you can backup your entire system, certain files and folders, or even certain types of files like music, music, etc. - whatever is important to you.
Backup and restore wizards make it easy to keep your data safe and restore it after an emergency. Compression capabilities, email notifications, online backup options, and preconfigured backup sets make Genie Backup Manager Home 9.0 an excellent value-priced choice for advanced users.
Genie Backup Manager Home 9.0 is currently priced at $49.95 USD and works with Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
Symantec System Recovery Desktop Edition is a business-class disaster recovery tool but the price is competitive enough with other home-focused backup programs to be a solid choice.
If you want the complete backup package in one easy to use program, Symantec System Recovery Desktop Edition is an excellent choice.
Symantec System Recovery Desktop Edition is currently priced at $84.87 USD and is available for all Windows versions, from Windows XP to Windows 8.