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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 Macrium Reflect 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

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!

Disk Drill Basic
https://www.cleverfiles.com/
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.

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

Hetman Partition Recovery
https://hetmanrecovery.com/

IsoBuster 
https://www.isobuster.com/

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

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

Testdisk
https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

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

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

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

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

 

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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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