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The Best Data Backup Software

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While online storage is one option for business owners looking to protect themselves in case of a computer malfunction, so is data backup software. The software ensures that a business' most important data remains after any sort of failure within their computer. The software regularly copies the computer's files, giving users the option to restore old files should the new ones be lost or corrupted. Since the data each person stores on their computer is different, it is important that business owners choose the data backup software that meets their specific needs.

Our sister site, TopTenREVIEWS, does extensive in-depth reviews of data backup software. Here are the Top 3 recommendations for data backup software:


#1 NovaBACKUP 12 Professional

NovaBACKUP won this year's TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award because of its dynamic features and interface. The software addresses the needs of users of all skill levels with an interface that’s split into a Simple View, with tools specifically for beginners, and an Advanced View that offers features for people who previously have used data backup software. The NovaBACKUP software also lets users store their backups anywhere they choose, and ensures that they remain virus-free.

Backup/Restore: TheRefresh My Backup incorporates any recent changes users made to their files into their backups. There are also options for virus scanning, backing up open files, backup verification and data compression. The Backup Wizard lets users choose whether they want to perform a snapshot, differential, incremental or full backup. NovaBACKUP has great options for managing backups, including verifying, compressing and performing backups and creating bootable media.

Help/Documentation: Support includes documentation, training videos, forumsand knowledge bases. Users who want unlimited email support for one year must pay a one-time fee to enroll in their customer service plan. With this plan, any emails users send will be responded to within one business day.

Costs: To compare costs, visit TopTenREVIEWS best data backup services.


#2 DT Utilities PC Backup 11

DT Utilities earns high marks for offering a wide range of features and being one of the few programs that offers full image backup. With the software, users can back up all their Windows Operating System settings and preferences. Users also have the advantage of increased disaster recovery hardware compatibility. In addition, version 11 comes with a free 10 GB online backup trial account to Amazon S3, an integrated online storage service. The software is great for users who want their data backed up now and don't want to maneuver a steep learning curve.

Backup/Restore: Offers a number of options, includingbacking up an entire system or just certain types of files, such as music, email or photos. Users also can manually select specific files to back up. The software also supports incremental and differential backups, so users can easily back up onlynew and recently changed files.

Help/Documentation: With the push of a button, users can turn their cursor into a question mark that allows them to click on any feature to view a short description.  In addition, the software comes with help document files complete with an index and search engine.

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#3 Genie Backup Manager Home 8.0

The Genie Backup Manager scores well for being simple to install and easy to use. The program has more custom backup options available than most of the other backup software packages available.  Features include the ability to back up emails, the registry, Internet Explorer settings, MSN, Windows settings and all Favorites settings.  Users also can schedule custom backups any time, attach a timestamp and add an encrypted password for security. The software also lets users back up data to a remote FTP location, DVD or CD.

Backup/Restore: To restore data, users copy the backup file back to the hard drive after reinstalling the operating system, double click the backup icon, select "Backup to Restore," then press the restore button.

Help/Documentation: Offers a search tool to find help topics quickly and easily. A complete tour of Genie Backup Manager's features is also offered.

Costs: To compare costs, visit TopTenREVIEWS best data backup services.

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Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at chadgbrooks@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.