No matter how good your computer is, it's just a machine. A machine with hundreds of parts, each of which can go wrong when you least expect it. Sensible desktop and laptop users know that the information they create represent hours of hard work and creativity, and that precautions need to be taken so that it remains safeguarded despite inevitable disaster.
What follows are 11 backup solutions designed to keep your data safe and secure. Even better--they're all free!
In many ways, Comodo Time Machine is similar to the Restore Points system employed by newer versions of Windows. This backup application relies on "snapshots" that let users restore previous system configurations in case things go wrong. The key difference however is that Comodo can also restore lost files, including documents that may have been wiped out by a malware infection. Compare that with Windows' built-in solution, which can only restore system files and registry settings.
FreeFileSync is a less straightforward way of backing up your files, but it's still effective. The utility basically makes comparisons between the same files stored on different media a snap, so that you know which files on your computers have changed and should be backed up to an external storage device.
CrashPlan has an online component, but its strength lies with its "multi-destination" backup feature. Why backup everything to just one hard drive, when you can configure the service to make copies on another computer? The only time CrashPlan will cost you money is when you decide to backup files to its online servers (CrashPlan+).
The official site of FBackup breaks down this application's operation into four steps: first define where the backup should be stored, what should be backed up, how your data should be archived, and when backups should commence. Like CrashPlan, FBackup can also store your information on a variety of devices and even another computer.
Among the features that PureSync users will find great is the program's support for FTP. If you own a web server, you can configure PureSync so that it uploads your important data to it. And like any decent backup software, this one can be scheduled to run automatically to fit any schedule.
Backup Easy is as straightforward as they come, to the point that those looking for more features may be disappointed. But for those who want a no-frills backup solution, this is the way to go. Just choose where the backup should be stored and click the Backup button; the program will take care of the rest.
Clonezilla is unlike the other services and software listed here. It just lets users clone an entire drive, or make an exact copy all of the data. Everything, from your documents to your PC's operating system itself will be saved. This means even if something wipes everything off your hard drive, Clonezilla will get you back up and running in no time.