Top 5 Free Computer Backup Software Choices
Don’t want to backup your files online?
That’s understandable. You might just want to back them up to another computer on your network. But if catastrophe hits, it’s nice to have a remote backup!
That said, there are plenty of reasons to look at this software. For one, it’s free!
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SyncBack lets you backup and restore files, encrypt them for security, and compress them to conserve space.
Sounds good, but those are the features of the paid version. The freeware is good, but it lacks really cool advanced features. But for free, it can’t hurt to try it. (Note: It does NOT come with spyware. It’s actually a “no-install” program.)
EaseUS Todo Backup Free
Now EaseUS Todo Backup Free makes it easy to backup your important files and provides best-practice data protections for both home and business users.
Offers scheduled backups, and will do incremental as well as differential backups.
Comparator is an interesting backup and synchronization program, because it offers a file comparison tool. It will list the changes between two media (perhaps your hard drive and an external drive,) presenting you the Missing files, those that are Newer and those that are Duplicate from both media selected. You can select which files to copy over to the other media, or copy them all in one go.
Note: Free, unrestricted program for evaluation. $29.95 after trial period.
Just specify a list of directories, and Autobackup will back up those files at the end of each day (or whenever you prefer.) If you ever run into trouble, you can restore everything, or just one specific file.
A Pro version is available for $25 if you wish.
Back2zip v2.0 Beta
Back2zip uses its ZIP-64 engine to create a complete backup archive of your backup folders. Periodically, Back2zip generates and archives changes you make or new files you add. All files and changes are stored locally in a ZIP-64 container and synchronized with your Amazon S3 (online storage) account.
A restore tree allows you to browse, search and restore any file or folder. If you accidentally delete or overwrite a file, that’s OK. Back2zip stores every version so you can restore back to any previous version with a single click.
But remember, most freeware is still limited, and you typically have to pay to upgrade to access certain features. You also miss out on the remote backup features offered with online backup. For that reason, I still recommend online backup services like Mozy. It’s full featured, easy to use, and costs just about $5 per month.
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