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Choosing Backup Software

How to buy the best backup software for your computer

A quality backup software program is a must if you store vital, irreplaceable data on your computer if you decide not to use one of the many online backup solutions. There are many types of backup software packages available so it's important that you choose the best one for your particular needs.

Here are a few things you need to consider when buying backup software:

  • Operating system - Some OS's (including MS Windows) come with built-in backup software utilities, but these programs can be limited in features or supported backup media.
  • Backup media - Most current PC's are equipped with CD-RW drives. Some newer models even have DVD burners.

    If so, make sure you select a backup software package that supports the appropriate device. And don't forget that inexpensive tape drives that make backups easy are also available.
  • Features - The current crop of backup software packages vary greatly in features. I recommend purchasing one that allows for both complete and incremental backups on the widest variety of media possible.
  • Ease of use and reliability - A backup software utility should be easy to install, configure, and use. When evaluating various programs, search the web for reviews and ratings to find out how other users like the packages and uncover any common problems they might have.

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