Most Back-up programs are OK, however, Symantec`s Norton GoBackup 4.0 ($49.95) for Windows 98/ME, Professonal and XP is a GREAT product for auto-backups of full or incremental backups of programs, files and system files.
Norton`s Ghost 10. ($69.99) is also a good program, as noted above by Mercelo.
I hope this helps. I use Norton GoBackup and feel secure about my data.
I was a Systems Analyst for Chevron and used Norton Backup on the Corp. Tax Servers - data needed to be safe for obvious reasons - and never had any problems retrieving data.
My business is that of providing remote data backups. While all of the suggestions from other posters are good, none of them offers off-site data protection with encryption, password protection and verification on-the-fly.
Backing up your files to an external disk is a very common practice among small business owners, but the problem there is that your data is still in your office. If your building catches fire, having your critical data next to your computer does you no good.
Mozy.com is one of the newest in a long line of "free" online backup solutions. Just remember, you get what you pay for . Many of these free providers last a year or so and then disappear. At one point, I have my data on XDrive.com, and they disappeard. Now they`re back charging for their service (no surprise there). The data, however, is not encrypted, therefore vulnerable.
You can try my service out for free for a month to see if it is a good fit for you. After that, prices start as low as $14.25/month. That`s less than a month`s worth of Starbuck`s Lattes.
Drop me a line if you`re interested.
My business is that of providing remote data backups. While all of the suggestions from other posters are good, none of them offers off-site data protection with encryption, password protection and verification on-the-fly.....................................Mozy.com is one of the newest in a long line of "free" online backup solutions. Just remember, you get what you pay for . Many of these free providers last a year or so and then disappear.
Thanks! I stand corrected.
That isn`t what Mozy started with, though. Their model was based on allowing them to spam you with tons of advertising in return for a low-low price.
I`ve found that for large amounts of data, it is not always convenient to burn to CD or even DVD in order to take data offsite. I tried this process using NTI Backup Now! software, to schedule daily automatic backups to DVD re-writables, and rotate to safe deposit box. When my data became larger than a DVD`s capacity, I had many, many problems! Additionally, the data is encrypted and compressed, so you have to restore data. There is no way to know if the backup data is even good without doing a complete restore! So, I decided to use DVD`s once a month for a manual backup burn and store in a safe deposit box - in the event of disaster.
I now also use an Iomega network drive that comes complete with simple backup software. An automatic process makes a daily backup of either all files, or any files/folders that have changed since the last backup - you choose - directly to a network hard drive. The data is a true mirror backup, and information can be accessed from any network computer with sharing permission (no special installation to restore data) or a computer off-site. Best of all, the network drive is only about 8 inches by 4 inches, and about 1 1/2 inches thick. When I travel, I simply take the drive with me for complete access to all information, and to keep my data safe from disaster.
Hope this information helps you! Good Luck!
Well done, Cheri. That`s being proactive!
Just keep in mind that those portable drives can be sensitive to shock, temperature and humidity.