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Things to consider in choosing backup software

  1. 1. HYPERLINK ""<br />Things to consider in Choosing Backup SoftwarePicking correct backup software is as essential as selecting the best house or the right vehicle - you will have to live with it daily. Choose a good backup software package and you will get regular and reliable backups, with the wrong one you're going to get unreliable backups or none at all.<br />Why Purchase Commercial Backup Software?<br />23363-2804The simplest response is that you only get what you pay money for. Freeware is available, the majority of operating systems have some sort of backup software, and most backup hardware packages some basic backup software package. This is frequently a stripped-down edition of a commercial package luring you to update to the full edition. They work, but are much less full-featured than the commercial package. It's possible to try free software to see whether it meets your needs.<br />Backup Software Features to look for<br />Media Spanning: Seen by many as the definition of 'real' backup software, media spanning is the ability to backup large files onto several items of media.<br />Backup Verification: Any quality backup package have to have a confirmation function. To make sure that the backup is correct and viable, the software compares every file it backs up to the original file on your hard drive.<br />Scheduling and Automatic Operation: A beneficial attribute on most commercial software. The backup will run instantly at a preset time, so you don't have to be around to do it.<br />Wide Device Support: How many hardware devices does it work with? As a rule, software support for new products is less common than for established ones. Check if they provide updates as new drives hit the market; some do not.<br />Operating System Support: Will the package support full functionalities and requirements of your operating system?<br />Backup Type Selection: Even standard software must provide full, selective and incremental back-up options, high quality ones allow the use of search strings or patterns to select files and directories.<br />Disaster Recovery: A crucial feature mostly restricted to more costly products, with names like one-step recovery, single-step restore, or related. With this, a disk is created with a unique recovery program that lets you recover your system without re-installing the entire operating-system. This will save a lot of time and trouble.Compression: Software data compresion is very useful, conserving room in your backup media.<br />Media Append and Overwrite: You should have options to always add to the present files on the backup media, always overwrite, or prompt the user.<br />Tape Tools: Should you backup to a tape unit, will the backup software allow you to format, rewind, retension, or view the catalog on your tape? The tape drive producer often supplies software that does this, but it's more convenient if the backup software supports this.<br />Security: Is it possible to password-protect the back up set?<br />Backup Configuration Profiles: You'll likely want to do various kinds of backups for different situations, better software packages let you avoid changing the settings each time by saving different profiles. <br />