Gallery: 10 free backup applications to help you prevent disaster


It doesn't matter why a computer dies--all that matters is that the important contents of its hard drive can be duplicated with a minimum of lost work.

In order for that to go smoothly a backup software needs to be used, but all the good ones cost money, don't they? Not quite.

Whether you need to back up a single computer or a whole network's worth, here are 10 applications that can do it for free.

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By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.