Selecting Ideal Backup Software Does Matter
Selecting correct backup is as necessary as selecting the most appropriate house or the suitable 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 will get unreliable backups or none at all.
Why Purchase Commercial Backup Software?
The simplest answer is that you only get what you pay money for. Freeware is available, many os’s have some type of backup software, and most backup hardware bundles some basic backup software program. It’s frequently a stripped-down edition of a commercial bundle luring you to update to the full version. They work, but they are much less full-featured than the commercial package. It’s possible to try free software to see if this suits you.
Backup Software Features to look for
Media Spanning: Found by many as the specification of ‘real’ backup software, media spanning is the capacity to backup substantial files onto numerous bits of media.
Backup Verification: Any decent backup package have to have a verification setting. To make sure that the backup is correct and viable, the software compares every file that it backs up to the primary file on your hard disk.
Scheduling and Automatic Operation: A helpful attribute available on most commercial software. The backup will run automatically at a preset time, so you don’t have to be around to do it.
Wide Device Support: How many hardware devices does it work with? As a rule, software support for new devices is less frequent than for established ones. See if they offer updates as new drives hit the market; some do not.
Operating System Support: Will the bundle support all the features and requirements of the operating system?
Backup Type Selection: Even basic software must provide full, selective and incremental back-up alternatives, high quality ones allow the use of search strings or patterns to select files and directories.
Disaster Recovery: A significant feature mostly restricted to more costly products, with names like one-step recovery, single-step restore, or similar. Using this, a disk is made with a unique recovery program that allows you to restore your system without once again installing the entire operating-system. This can save a considerable time and trouble.
Compression: Software data compression is very useful, conserving room in your backup media.
Media Append and Overwrite: You should have options to always add to the existing files on the back-up media, always overwrite, or prompt the user.
Tape Tools: If you backup to a tape device, will the backup software enable you to format, rewind, retention, or view the catalog on your tape? The tape drive manufacturer often supplies software that performs this, but it’s more convenient if the backup software supports this.
Security: Can you password-protect your back up set?
Backup Configuration Profiles: Probably you’ll want to do various kinds of backups for various circumstances, better software packages help you avoid changing the settings each time by saving various profiles.