Great Free Backup Software

I mentioned in my last post that I do regular backups.  It’s something that I’ve learned from experience to be really nice to have when you need it.

Moving your work online means you probably don’t have to worry about it as much but there’s always going to be valuable files on your hard drive that are irreplaceable.

For several months I’ve been using SyncBack Freeware to manage my backups from Windows.  It’s a great little program that does everything I needed to for backups.  Paired with an external drive, I was able to set it and forget it.

With the software I’ve set up a number of specific locations that I wanted to have backed up regularly.  That included the My Documents folder, all my Music, and my folders of projects that I’m working on.  The software gives me the option of either doing a backup or syncing the folders.  There’s lots of power there if you want to use it.

But the great thing is that there are no annoying message boxes or anything.  It kind of disappears and you won’t know it’s running until it pops up a log that tells you it’s done.

I highly recommend investing the time and money into a backup solution.  Remember: All hard drives crash. It’s just a matter of time.

  • http://www.informednetworker.com/ David Mackey

    I’ve used SyncBack as well. Its a nice little program. However, I’d recommend using something like Mozy (www.mozy.com) if you can – especially since for consumers its free. There is also Amazon’s S3 service and one of the many apps built on top of that (e.g. Jungle Disk).