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Product Spotlight: Backup application review roundup

Over the past several months, TechRepublic has reviewed several backup applications, but which backup solution do you use and recommend?

Over the past several months, TechRepublic has reviewed several backup applications and published them in the Product Spotlight Blog. Some offered offsite backup solutions, some did not; some required up-front costs and some were open source and free. All of the reviewed applications were designed to help users and small business protect their data from hardware failures and other disaster scenarios.

Here is a partial list of some of the applications we reviewed:

I would like to get more products in this area reviewed. What backup application do you use? Is it a solution you recommend to your fellow IT professionals? Would you like to write a review of your backup application for the TechRepublic Product Spotlight Blog? Just follow the general formula outlined in the blog posts listed above.

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11 comments
panelshop
panelshop

Easy and straight forward to use.

sixstringchef73
sixstringchef73

Once a month or so I do a complete image overnight (yea, it's slow but I'm asleep so?)and put a restore disk on a usb stick. Then sync toy weekly or more if necessary to keep my data folders synced with an external. Both free, easy and painless.

zidamon
zidamon

I agree with those who advice Acronis True Image. I am using this software on my home PC, that also has an useraccount for my work. I use 2 seperate internal HD's of 320GB each and 1 external HD of 500GB. The first internal HD has several partions of wich one for the OS (Win 7), one for data of my work account and one for data of my private account. On the second internal HD I have only one partion for sevral backup and sync options. Acronis True Image automaticly makes daily incremental backup images of my OS partition and the two data partitions, saving them to the secondary HD. After one week new full backup images are created. One very great utility in Acronis True Image is the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager. Once activated you have the opportunity to press 'F11' before starting Windows and acces a Linux based recovery mode, so you can allways restore an image even if Windows itself won't start. This has saved me a lot of time, dataloss and frustrations over the years. I use GoodSync Pro to backup the data partions uncompressed to the secondary internal HD, for easier acces when needed. Once a month I hookup my external HD of 500GB with USB 2.0 to my PC and sync the the secondary internal HD with my external HD. When done the external HD goes into a fireresistant safe. With this I hope to prevent and overcome disasters when the happen, like BSOD's or even crashed HD's.

spamagnet
spamagnet

I use the humble WHS v1. Backs up multiple machines automatically and easy to do bare metal restores.

RZATHUG
RZATHUG

The best backup app i have ever come across hands down is Acronis True Image. Its simple feature rich & just plain works. Its a paid software but its well worth every penny. I cant say how many time it has saved me & my clients from tearing our hair out. Im always in the market for knowledge so im always testing out other backup apps but i always run back to Acronis cuz im yet to find one better.

Koko Bill
Koko Bill

well, since I made my platform x64 I had a problem with backin` up my hole system.Mean save a boot/system partition so I can restore it in 5 minutes. No one of free apps were not workin with x64 enviroment. At last, I found a program called Macrium Reflect Free, and it`s both versions in one, x86 and x64. Its free and works fine with Windows 7 x64. Very fast and easy for use. Resque disk...and restore entire system in 10 min. Recomendetions.....

fo128
fo128

Free, simple and plenty of detail in the options. I use it for simple backups. For backing a whole drive (image) I also use Acronis True Image. Very quick.

al_shark
al_shark

You should definitely try Acronis True Image if you are picking backup software. I've been using Acronis True Image for more then 5 years. I've shore tried other backup software from time to time but it seams that this one really got me addicted to it.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What backup application do you use? Is it a solution you recommend to your fellow IT professionals?

dave
dave

I've been looking at replacing Symantec BE for some time now. I'm going to give it a shot.

ed
ed

Cobian was developed by Luis Cobian (and maybe friends) at Umea University in Sweden. It's a windows-only and does a great job of quite a number of things, including automated backups, full and incremental. Early versions are open source and some later ones are free as in root beer. Documentation in English is good enough and it was easy to set it up (okay--I didn't read the docs) to back up to a network server.

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