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Backup Software Solutions for Windows: The Top 5

written by: Donna Buenaventura•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 9/19/2011

An antivirus program will not completely protect your computer data. You'll also need to back up your files. Save time and money by investing in backup software for Windows.

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    In the event of hardware failure, malware infection or installation of buggy software, you’ll be confident that you can restore your system and files to their previous state when you have a recent and complete backup. Invest in one of these top backup software programs for Windows PC:

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    Acronis True Image Home – this file, system and disk backup program has a very user-friendly user interface in addition to the most important features in a backup program: backup scheduler, incremental or full backup, secure storage, online backup or in local and network locations, disk imaging, easy recovery tools, and a Try & Decide feature that lets you use Windows in a safe environment. The program runs on 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, Vista and XP.

    StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop Edition – if you want a complete, reliable and fast backup software, consider ShadowProtect. It includes a recovery CD, viewing of backup files for quick file recovery, automatic or manual backup, migrate or restore backup images to and from virtual environments or physical systems, backup compression and encryption. ShadowProtect supports Windows 2000, 32-bit and 64-bit editions of XP, Vista and Windows 7. Also, you can install the program on 3 PCs using a single license.

    Nero BackItUp & Burn – the backup software by Nero has a neat user interface with the following features: backup scheduler, automatic or manual backup to any location, synchronizing your files and folders, disc burner, backup data or entire hard-drive. You can install Nero BackItUp & Burn in 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

    GFI Backup Home Edition – this is a free backup software by GFI Software. It provides a backup solution that most home users will need: backup program settings for various applications, backup in any location, backup files, folders or system drive, incremental or differential backup method, task scheduler, synchronize files and folders, restore files from previous backups. The system requirement to use GFI Backup Home Edition is 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP and Vista.

    Norton Ghost – a comprehensive backup solution by Symantec that runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit). You can use Norton Ghost to backup anything on your computer or hard-drive to any location (onsite or offsite backups). It provides options to backup on schedule, advanced compression and encryption of backups, easy restoration from system failures.

    Give yourself piece of mind by having a reliable backup system. This will prevent loss of important files and the ability to completely restore your system. Any of the above programs are good choices. Don’t forget to backup regularly and verify the integrity of your backups!