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The Bad News
Every single computer and hard drive will eventually die or become corrupted. Important files and data stored on them may be lost forever without any hope of salvation. Just imagine, never being able to access all your valuable files again, such as your emails, photos, important documents, software, ebooks, music, financial records, database files, etc...

Computing without a backup is like skydiving without a parachute. You are destined for disaster! Every fleeting second your data is free-falling towards digital doom! Your data may be wiped into oblivion by an infinite variety of evils, such as: hard disk failure, a lightning strike, a leaking roof, a short circuit, theft, fire, accidental deletion, hackers, a computer virus, etc... We may not know how or when disaster will strike, but we can be sure of one thing, disaster will strike!

The price of losing data can be very high! For a business, the time and cost of recreating lost data, combined with the cost of system downtime can be too much. Many businesses never recover from losing their data in a disaster.
The Good News
Digital salvation for your data is available! Whether you are a home computer user, or use computers for business, there is only one thing that can save you from digital doom and gloom, and that is having a backup! When disaster strikes, and you have recent backup copy of your data, all you need to do is restore the lost data from the backup, and you can continue computing as if nothing ever happened!

Some backup software can even backup an entire hard drive including the operating system, such as Windows Vista ™, Windows XP ™, etc. So when the computer fails, nothing needs to be reinstalled. You can restore the computer at any time to they way it was when  the backup "image" of the hard drive was made.

So, with the right backup software, and know-how, you can easily backup your precious data! This website is here to help you on that journey with articles, and reviews on various backup solutions. But fear not! For even though your information may be priceless, having backup has become cheaper and easier than ever before! In many cases a free backup solution may even suit your requirements!

Modern technology offers backup solutions that are so automated that they require little or no ongoing attention to stay up to date, so once it is activated, you don't have to worry about it again!

The destiny of your data is in your hands! Today is the day of digital salvation! Tomorrow may be too late to make a backup!

 

 

Restoring a crashed hard drive with Acronis True Image Home 11.0
A Backup Software Review
by Terje Ronneberg

This article is a continuation of the review of Acronis True Image Home 11.0

On this page I will describe how I tested the recovery features of Acronis True Image.
I imagined what I would do if my hard disk had completely been corrupted by some disaster such as a virus.


Computer setup used for this review:  read the rest of this article »

Norton Ghost 14 Vs Acronis True Image 11

When it comes to choosing the best backup software there really are only two serious contenders. Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image, both have been around for years, both have a large user base, and both will do what most people would need a backup software package to do.

According to Google Trends the popularity of searches for Norton Ghost has been on a steady decline over the last few years. Whereas the popularity of Acronis True image has been on a steady increase. It is reasonable to predict that Acronis may very well eventually take the lead as the most popular backup software.

Below is a basic comparison of some of the features of each software package. You can click on the following links to read full reviews:
Norton Ghost 14
Acronis True Image 11

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Future: Backup with an Iomega 120GB REV drive?

Iomega has announced they will be releasing a 120GB REV drive. Currently the largest one they offer has a capacity of 70GB according to the official site: http://www.iomega.com/direct/main/target.jsp?family=rev

What is a REV drive?
A REV drive works similar to an old fashion floppy disk drive. There is the disk drive, and then there are the REV disks (also known as ) onto which the data is stored. The REV drive offers the speed (up to 35MB/second) and flexibility of a hard drive, but with the removability of the tape based storage. Unlike tapes, the cartridges are maintenance-free, and can be rewritten about a million times.

Apparently the yet-to-be released new model will work with REV disks of a 120GB capacity, as well as the older disks for previous models. The REV drive comes with backup and data recovery software, it also works with third-party software. At the moment a 70GB drive costs $554.95, and 70GB disk costs $69.00.

Why REV drives?
When it comes to storing, reading, and editing data, the REV drives are faster than high capacity tapes, and they have a much longer shelf life (about 30 years). Also, it is very easy to take the drives off-site. As the amount of data in the world increases, the need for higher capacity storage increases.

Who could use a REV drive?
One of the main uses for these drives would for backing up and archiving of large amounts of data.
The REV drives are aimed for the storage needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Everything from medical practices to design firms.  read the rest of this article »

Norton Ghost 14.0 (March 2008)
A Backup Software Review
by Terje Ronneberg

From the hundreds of backup software programs available. I chose Norton Ghost 14.0 to be one of the top 7 choices to consider based on a few simple deductions as outlined at: Best backup software for Windows PC.

On this page I will share my thoughts and experiences with Norton Ghost 14.0.


Computer setup used for this review:  read the rest of this article »

Acronis True Image Home 11.0
A Backup Software Review
by Terje Ronneberg

From the hundreds of backup software programs available. I chose Acronis True Image to be one of the top 7 choices to consider based on a few simple deductions as outlined at: Best backup software for Windows PC

On this page I will share my thoughts and experiences with Acronis True Image.


Computer setup used for this review:  read the rest of this article »

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Best Backup Software for Windows PC?

When it comes to backup software there are hundreds of products to choose from. (As you will see if you visit the backup software links page.)

However, if you are looking for backup software for personal or small business use, you can refine the selection down to just a handful with a few simple criterion:  read the rest of this article »

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Off-site Data Storage Contractor Lost Personal Backup Data

Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOFA) uses Data storage contractor "Iron Mountain" for storing off-site backups of their important data. LOFA was recently notified by Iron Mountain that they had lost a backup media containing personal information of students. Some of the information lost included names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and possibly some financial records.
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Backup with Mac OS X, Leopard

The latest version of Mac OS X, known as "Leopard", comes with a backup application called "Time Machine", which makes creating and storing backups easy.

The "Time Machine" utility allows users to browse through virtual time, and see what there computer files looked in the past, and find any lost or corrupted files.

"Time Machine" can create backups on to any connected HFS+ formatted FireWire or USB drive. It can also backup to another Mac running Leopard.
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HP Pocket Media Drive for Backup?

HP have released the "HP Pocket Media Drive". Basically a storage device which comes with storage, and backup software.
It comes in 3 sizes, 80gb, 120gb, and 160gb. The product is aimed at the home user, or business person who stores a lot of files, such as music, photos, and videos. The main benefit is the size and portability.
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