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Data backup software

Can you afford to lose all the data stored on your computer? If not, you need to back up. Holding one or two extra copies of key files ensures that you’ll never lose them - even if your computer breaks or gets destroyed beyond repair.

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 What to look for

Data backup software comparison chart for 2017

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NTI Backup Now 6
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NovaBackup PC 18 has been awarded best buy Product image of novabackup pc 18 Product image of genie timeline home 2016 Product image of cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 Product image of autosave essentials Product image of nti backup now 6
 
 
 
Ratings
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Overall
novabackup pc 18 has a rating of five for overall genie timeline home 2016 has a rating of four for overall cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 has a rating of four for overall autosave essentials has a rating of five for overall nti backup now 6 has a rating of four for overall
Setup
novabackup pc 18 has a rating of five for setup genie timeline home 2016 has a rating of four for setup cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 has a rating of three for setup autosave essentials has a rating of four for setup nti backup now 6 has a rating of five for setup
Backup
novabackup pc 18 has a rating of five for backup genie timeline home 2016 has a rating of five for backup cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 has a rating of four for backup autosave essentials has a rating of five for backup nti backup now 6 has a rating of four for backup
System performance
novabackup pc 18 has a rating of five for system performance genie timeline home 2016 has a rating of five for system performance cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 has a rating of five for system performance autosave essentials has a rating of four for system performance nti backup now 6 has a rating of four for system performance
Restore
novabackup pc 18 has a rating of five for restore genie timeline home 2016 has a rating of three for restore cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 has a rating of three for restore autosave essentials has a rating of four for restore nti backup now 6 has a rating of four for restore
Features
novabackup pc 18 has a rating of four for features genie timeline home 2016 has a rating of four for features cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 has a rating of three for features autosave essentials has a rating of three for features nti backup now 6 has a rating of three for features
Ease of use
novabackup pc 18 has a rating of four for ease of use genie timeline home 2016 has a rating of four for ease of use cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 has a rating of four for ease of use autosave essentials has a rating of five for ease of use nti backup now 6 has a rating of four for ease of use
Help & support
novabackup pc 18 has a rating of four for help & support genie timeline home 2016 has a rating of four for help & support cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 has a rating of four for help & support autosave essentials has a rating of three for help & support nti backup now 6 has a rating of five for help & support
Backup types
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Backup items
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Backup storage
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Features
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Security
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Restoration
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Help & support
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Telephone support
novabackup pc 18 offers telephone support genie timeline home 2016 offers telephone support cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 does not offer telephone support autosave essentials does not offer telephone support nti backup now 6 does not offer telephone support
Email support
novabackup pc 18 offers email support genie timeline home 2016 offers email support cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 offers email support autosave essentials does not offer email support nti backup now 6 offers email support
Live chat
novabackup pc 18 offers live chat genie timeline home 2016 offers live chat cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 does not offer live chat autosave essentials offers live chat nti backup now 6 does not offer live chat
Knowledge base
novabackup pc 18 offers knowledge base genie timeline home 2016 offers knowledge base cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 offers knowledge base autosave essentials offers knowledge base nti backup now 6 offers knowledge base
Tutorials
novabackup pc 18 offers tutorials genie timeline home 2016 does not offer tutorials cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 does not offer tutorials autosave essentials does not offer tutorials nti backup now 6 does not offer tutorials
FAQs
novabackup pc 18 offers faqs genie timeline home 2016 offers faqs cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 offers faqs autosave essentials offers faqs nti backup now 6 offers faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 10
novabackup pc 18  windows 10 genie timeline home 2016  windows 10 cyberlink powerbackup 2.6  windows 10 autosave essentials  windows 10 nti backup now 6  windows 10
Windows 8
novabackup pc 18  windows 8 genie timeline home 2016  windows 8 cyberlink powerbackup 2.6  windows 8 autosave essentials  windows 8 nti backup now 6  windows 8
Windows 7
novabackup pc 18 is compatible with windows 7 genie timeline home 2016 is compatible with windows 7 cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 is compatible with windows 7 autosave essentials is compatible with windows 7 nti backup now 6 is compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
novabackup pc 18 is compatible with windows vista genie timeline home 2016 is compatible with windows vista cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 is compatible with windows vista autosave essentials is compatible with windows vista nti backup now 6 is compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
novabackup pc 18 is compatible with windows xp genie timeline home 2016 is compatible with windows xp cyberlink powerbackup 2.6 is compatible with windows xp autosave essentials is compatible with windows xp nti backup now 6 is compatible with windows xp

Data backup software explained

Data backup software enables you to create backup copies of information stored on your computer. It can help you:

  • Recover data you deleted accidentally
  • Avoid losing files if your hard disk breaks
  • Guard against data loss if your computer is stolen

You can take backups of key files manually. However, data backup software puts structure and automation round your backups – ensuring you perform them regularly.

For instance, virtually all backup software will allow you to schedule automatic backups. You can set them to run once a day (perhaps overnight, when you’re not using your computer), and then you know that you’ll never lose more than a day’s worth of file changes.

Backup software can also be very efficient. Rather than copying all your files every time, it can analyze individual files and only backup what’s changed since the last time. This means backups run quickly and take up less disk space.

What to look for in data backup software

Most backup software is easy to set up. You just need to think about what you want to back up, how often you want to do so – and where backup copies should be stored.

Storage

The most common options are to put them on CD, DVD, or on another hard drive. Your backup software should offer a choice of storage options. Some will copy your data up to an external server over the internet as well as saving it to a local disk. This can be a good idea, as it keeps your data in two different places.

Items

Not all backup software will cover the important areas of your system. As well as key files, you might need software that can back up your emails, bookmarked websites, contacts list and more.

Reliability

However, the most important thing about backup software is to make sure it’s reliable. Don’t just run regular backups. Check them regularly and make sure you can restore the data from them if you need to.

Rank
NovaBackup PC 18
Genie Timeline Home 2016
Cyberlink PowerBackup 2.6
AutoSave Essentials
NTI Backup Now 6