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BackUp My PC 4.81
Stomp, Inc.

An old motorcyclist's adage says "If you haven't crashed yet, you're going to." The same holds true for your computer. I can guarantee with almost 100% certainty that there will be a day when every person reading this page will be sitting in front of a dead PC in a panic, wondering if they will ever see their precious files again.

Features
The Product
  • Complete backup solution for most users of Windows 9X, 2000, XP
  • Scheduled, unattended Operation
  • Full or partial backups
  • One-button restores
  • Back up to CD-R, DVD, Tape or network share
  • Proven Veritas™ technology


Stomp, Inc.
$69.95 USD

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9/10

It has happened to me, and it will happen to you. Aside from hardware failures, other threats to your data include fire, theft, vandalism, viruses, malicious hackers, lightning -- there is no shortage of danger. Got backups?

While this is specifically an evaluation of BackUp My PC from Stomp, Inc., it may be helpful to review some basic facts regarding the process of backing up data for the typical home, small office or power user's system.

Disaster Recovery or Protecting Your Data?
There is often confusion regarding what the definition of a backup is, exactly, but basically you have two major categories:

Complete Backup
A complete backup is a copy of (virtually) every single file on your computer, so that in case of disaster, the system may be restored fully to its pre-disaster condition. It seems that this is what many people expect a backup system to do for them, and BackUp My PC can do that -- but there are many issues that may affect the practicality of such a solution. Also, it should be pointed out that the terms "complete backup" and "full backup" are often used interchangably, but they are not the same thing.

Data Backup
This involves backing up only a selected group of files (or folders, or even entire partitions). In case of disaster, you'll have to install Windows (or whatever OS) from scratch, along with all of your programs – but your work files will be available when you're done. A "full backup" set is made of the selected files/directories, then regular incremental or differential backups are made to supplement the full set as new files are created, and old ones modified.

Which One Suits Your Needs?
It really depends on how the computer in question is used. In business, time is money, and the more quickly you can restore a system to operation, the better. If it is absolutely crucial that a system be back in operation in the shortest amount of time, a complete backup is a necessity, although there are some other, perhaps more preferable, options.

 

 

 

 





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