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Backup Software Reviews
Today's computers create a false sense of security. We begin to think all our files are safe and secure and will never go away. It's not true, and never will be! Are you still not backing up your data? Backups are really a necessity, and you are responsible for making regular backups of your files. There are two primary types of backup software to choose from:
Traditional File Backup
Traditional Backup Programs
What are traditional backup programs? Traditional backup programs are designed to back up important files and folders on your computer. They are primarily designed to back up critical data, i. e. particular files and folders you have to work with, which you know are very important. Regular backup programs can be used to back up entire disks including software folders, however, you should be aware that they only process files that are not in use by Windows. If you back up the entire hard disk, a few files in the Windows directory and Documents & Settings directory may not be included, because Windows will be using them. Your original installation CD's or DVD's can be used to restore some of those files.
Traditional backup programs are great for selective, fine-tuned backup. In most cases you do not need to back up your entire hard drive disk. A special article is available to help you detect common data locations on a typical Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or 7 computer, so you can make a decision for yourself as to what to back up, and what not to back up, to reduce clutter and improve performance. It discovers a typical look and feel of the folder structure on a typical Windows computer. The article is Windows System Backup, which is a part of a more solid Argentum's Windows Backup Guide.
Drive Mirroring Software
What is disk mirroring (or drive imaging) software? You cannot completely back up and restore the entire computer with regular backup software. Traditional backup programs are not designed to be a complete system recovery solution. This is there disk imaging comes in. The disk imaging programs will assist you in creating an image of your entire hard drive. The disk image file contains the exact copy of a hard disk, including all the computer data, operating system, and programs. In an event of a failure you can restore this image back to the hard drive, resulting in restoring of all of your computer settings, and any of your installed programs and files.
Archiving & Maintenance
What are archiving utilities? These are small programs that enable you to restore from backup copies, view the contents of your backups. They can also help you handle simple, occasional backups. What are maintenance utilities? These are auxiliary tools that may help you in setting up your backup processes.
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