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Creating a backup for the data in a computer or any electronic storage
device is very important. Most equipment, including personal computers,
have a good chance of “crashing,” which is the failure of the hard disk
on which the data is stored. When a hard disk crashes, all the data is
inevitably lost.
This possible loss is the main reason for creating backups of the data
that we have and that we are likely to use sometime in the future. The
frequency of backup creation depends on the usage level of the system,
the kinds of files stored, the frequency of changes made to the data, and
the importance of the data. Some people store a lot of files on their
computers and keep adding new ones continuously. Such people need a daily
or even an hourly backup.
There are different kinds of backups: full backup (creates backup for
every file and folder in the system); incremental backup (only the
changes are copied); unattended backup (the backup can be programmed to
take place at a certain time without the active participation of the
user); archive or disk image (option to create backup for just files or
the whole disk); differential backup (creates backup for only changed
files and newer versions of the files); and snapshot backup.
Backups can be made into a whole lot of different devices: compact disks,
DVDs, floppy disks, tapes, printouts, removable hard disks, online
servers, and so on. Backups can also be made into fixed media like
another part of the hard disk or to another computer on the same network.
Each of these has different capacities, security limits, conveniences,
and risks. It is advisable to back up into more than one media for
reducing risk.
The main criteria to be considered while purchasing a backup software
program are the ease of operation, ability to backup without continuous
monitoring, ability to handle different backup formats like hard disks
and CDs, ability to restore with minimum errors, easy accessibility to
backup files, ability to have different compression levels for different
kinds of files, ability to backup over FTP, USB drives and networks, and
ability to verify whether the files have been saved well.
There are several kinds of backup software available today. Some of the
best programs include the Genie Backup Manager, NTI BackupNow!, Novastor
NovaBackup, Handy Backup, Double Image, ABC Backup, Absolute Backup,
Active Backup Expert, Advanced Backup, AKG Backup, Argentum Software,
Avail Solutions, BackRex Backup, Backup Buddy, Data Sheriff, Disk2disk
and several others. There are also free downloadable backup software
programs such as TaskZip, EZBack-it-up, SyncBack, IceMirror, Version,
Freebyte, Back4Win, MOB, My Own Backup, Workgroup, Simply Safe, and many
more. Most of these software packages come with many other advanced
functions such as password protection, restoring damaged backups,
filtering of files and storing them accordingly, compression capabilities
and several others. Backup software can be downloaded for free from the
Internet. Some advanced software programs have to be purchased.
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