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The following is a list of different available Backup Software programs.  
Please note that Malwarebytes does not endorse any of these programs.
 
In today's digital World it is imperative that users backup their data.  All too often users get infected or have hard drive failures and lose their data.
It is highly recommended that you have at least a backup to an external device such as a USB drive for all of your important data.  It is also recommended that you do not keep the backup drive connected to the system all the time.  It should only be connected to do the backup and then once the backup has completed disconnect the drive.  The reason for this is that if your computer were to become infected and the backup drive was connected then the infection could potentially infect, delete, or encrypt your backup as well.  Never connect the backup drive to the computer if you suspect that you might potentially have an infection.  Make sure the infection has been removed before connecting the backup drive otherwise again you could easily infect the backup and lose all your backed up data as well.   For highly critical data it is recommended that you have more than one backup copy of that data.  You need to also periodically test and confirm that you're able to recover your data.  There are many posts on the Web where users have been backing up data for years but never tested restoring it. Then when an emergency struck and they went to restore their data they found out that either the restore just did not work, or that some or all of the data was corrupted.  Don't be caught out in the cold - get your data backed up and keep it backed up frequently.  There are certainly Pros and Cons to online Cloud backups but it is an option for some users and again, it should not be your only backup and you may want to encrypt it locally before uploading to the Cloud.  Regardless of which backup you use if you do decide to encrypt the data then you need to make very sure that you do not forget the password.  Most backup software makes available encryption that cannot be decrypted by any publicly known methods. If you forget your password and you've used encryption then you've lost the data.
 

Many of the programs below are not free. Those that are free often require online validation or constant Internet access to function. For ease of use after testing several programs I believe the AOMEI Backupper is probably the best free version for the average home user. For ease of use and low cost, Acronis True Image is probably the best paid program choice for the average home user. These are only recommendations for those users that do not want to take the time to download and test all the various versions but do need something to backup their data.
 
Articles about Backing up your data
Dos and Don’ts for Organizing Your Digital Files - Seagate article
 
Data Backup Software

Cloud Backup Software

Snapshot and Imaging Backup

Disk and Partitioning

 

 

Data Recovery Software

Stellar Data Recovery
https://www.stellarinfo.com/

Recover up to 1GB of data free
https://www.stellarinfo.com/free-data-recovery.php

Thanksgiving Sale up to 87% off
https://www.stellarinfo.com/offer/special-offer.php

Windows Bundle: $69.99
Software Inclusions
Windows Data Recovery + Photo Recovery + Repair for Video + Repair for Photo + Converter for Audio Video + Repair for Excel + Repair for PowerPoint + BitRaser File Eraser
Offer valid till 28th November, 2019

 

CDRoller
https://www.cdroller.com/

Program history
https://www.cdroller.com/htm/history.html

 

Data Recovery Wizard by EaseUS
https://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm

Recover up to 2GB for free You can restore up to 500MB with this free software, or up to 2GB if you click the share button in the wizard!

Black Friday 50% off sale
https://www.easeus.com/campaign/black-friday-deal.html

Subscription model as well as Lifetime
https://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizardpro/drw-pro-buy.html?linkid=drwfree_page_test

 

Disk Drill Basic
https://www.cleverfiles.com/
https://www.cleverfiles.com/help/how-to-recover-lost-files-with-disk-drill-basic/

Disk Drill offers free data recovery within 500 MB. With almost all modern versions of Windows supported, Disk Drill is also available for Mac OS X.

Pro version $89.00

Windows
https://www.cleverfiles.com/disk-drill-windows-pro.html

Mac
https://www.cleverfiles.com/pro.html


GetDataBack Pro Data Recovery
https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

System Requirements: 4 GB RAM,
Windows Server 2008, 2012, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, 32 or 64-bit

Free Updates: Lifetime updates for licensed users.
Price: USD 79

 

Hetman Partition Recovery
https://hetmanrecovery.com/

All in One Data Recovery Tool
https://hetmanrecovery.com/data_recovery/software-1.htm


IsoBuster 
https://www.isobuster.com/

The recovery software that can do it all!   $39.95 Personal, $59.95 Pro
Need to rescue files from CD, DVD, HD DVD or Blu Ray disc?
Looking to recover data from Hard Drive, Floppy, USB, Flash Drive, Media Card, SD, SSD, MMC and many more…?

 

Mac Data Recovery Guru
https://macosxfilerecovery.com/


PhotoRec, Digital Picture and File Recovery
https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

PhotoRec is free - this open source multi-platform application is distributed under GNU General Public License (GPLV v2+). PhotoRec is a companion program to TestDisk, an application for recovering lost partitions on a wide variety of file systems and making non-bootable disks bootable again.


Testdisk
https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
TestDisk is OpenSource software and is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL v2+).

TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software: certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.

 

Recuva
https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva

Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.
Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem - Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!

 

OnTrack EasyRecovery
https://www.ontrack.com/products/data-recovery-software/windows/

 

Recoverit Data Recovery for Windows
https://recoverit.wondershare.com/data-recovery.html

Available for Windows & Mac

 

Phoenix File Rescue
https://ams-phoenix.com/

 

 

Edited by AdvancedSetup
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Removed - no longer available
AX 64 Time Machine
D_back
Areca Backup
Redo Backup and Recovery

 

Modified
Symantec Backup Exec is now Veritas Net Backup and Backup Exec

 

 

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Sadly, had to remove Cobian Backup from the list. It is a great little piece of backup software but the original author sold the program to someone else that it looks like they decided to put it in a wrapper to monetize more money out of it.

Please do not download the Cobian Backup software from that site anymore as it now comes with some type of wrapper.

 

 

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Changed Microsoft SkyDrive to OneDrive as SkyDrive was discontinued

Added SolarWinds, Druva, and Backblaze to the Cloud section

 

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Added general recommendations for home user, after testing several versions and finding various issues for supposedly free software.

 

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