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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

 

 

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

 

 

Edited by AdvancedSetup
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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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