Are you backing up important data regularly? If so, how are you doing it? Are you storing the backups locally or remotely? What program are you using? Many users believe that backups are complex and only for tech savvy users. While that may be true for some backup programs, it cannot be generalized.
The free software Backup Utility for instance can backup user profile date of a Windows user in one step. The program displays all relevant information directly on the first and only screen of its interface.
The operating system, drive and user are automatically filled by the program. The currently logged in user is selected automatically. The backup application offers to backup the following data folders:
It is possible to select some or all of the data folders for backup. It should be noted that the program is most effective if the user is saving the data to those folders. Since there is no option to add folders to the backup it is no backup alternative for users who save the data outside of the My Documents folder.
A click on start saves a backup of the data to the root user profile folder. This folder can be changed in the interface to another location. The files are backed up in their original format which means that they can be accessed directly. The storage space requirements are on the other hand higher than those of backup solutions that make use of compression technologies.
Backup Utility is a handy backup software for Windows. It could benefit highly if the developer would add custom folders, compression and encryption. Interested users can download the extension from the project website over at Google Code.
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