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Free Backup Software

What is Backup Software?

Backup refers to reproducing or making copies of data as some sort of guarantee that the original data could be restored in case of its loss. A backup software is a computer program used to make a complete backup of a file, database, system, or server. This software is also used to recover any data or system in the event of loss or corruption.

Key Features of a Backup software

A backup software has several features that make it more efficient in backing up data:

1. Volume

Voluming or compression facilitates the compression and splitting of backup data into separate parts for storage in smaller, removable media. One type of removable media are CDs because they are less expensive and easier to transport off-site. Portable and durable USB drives and broadband are popular choices nowadays for easier and more secure transportation of backup data off-site

2. Data Compression

Data compression reduces its size allowing less consumption of drive space at a lower cost.

3. Remote Backup

Remote backup involves the backing up of data to geographically distant sites. The rapid adoption of high-speed broadband Internet, the rapid growth of data and its importance in business, and the rising risk of hackers, viruses, and hardware failure have all contributed in the surge of the use of the remote backing up of data.

4. Access to Open Files

Most backup software offer a plug-in for access to exclusive, locked, and files in use.

5. Incremental Backups

Only new or changed material compared to the backed up data is actually copied to increase the backing up process.

6. Schedules

Schedules are usually supported to reduce the maintenance of backup tool and increase the backing up process reliability.

7. Encryption

The primary function of this feature in backup software is the prevention of data theft.

Free Backup Software

Aside from proprietary backup software, free backup software also exists in the market today. They are often as reliable as the commercial backup software. Some of these include:

1. AMANDA

Otherwise known as the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver, AMANDA is a backup utility available for Microsoft Windows and Unix Operating Systems. It allows a network administrator to create a backup server where other computers can also back up via a Local Area Network.

2. Cobian Backup

This advanced utility backup software can schedule backup times. It can back up to other drives in the same computer or to another computer via network connections. It runs in the background, keeping with the schedule assigned to it, and copies files in original or compressed mode in an encrypted format.

3. EZBack-It-Up

EZBack-It-Up backs up a file or data by copying it to another directory or any destination determined by the user. It is also fitted with command line switches, a scheduler, and a logging functionality. It is compatible with all Microsoft Windows flat forms.

4. IceMirror

This free backup software copies files exactly as it is, comparing the original with the copy and fixing any differences. It is extremely fast as it performs incremental backups and can back up files in any language as it is a native Unicode application.

5. Freebyte Backup

This is a freeware backup utility for Microsoft Windows systems. It can filter numerous files and folders into a single designated backup directory. Its extension filtering feature allows the user to determine which files could be backed up by specifying the extension name.

6. SyncBack

It is a compact software by 2BrightSparks that can conduct a normal backup and synchronization for Windows. It supports various mediums, such as CD-ROMs, flash drives, and FTP servers.

There are other free backup software available other than those listed above. Whether pre-installed in the Operating System or a freeware from the Internet, these software applications should be used often for data protection.

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eSATA

eSATA, or External Serial Advanced Technology Attachment, is a computer bus chiefly designed for the fast transfer of data between a computer and a mass storage device, such as optical drives and hard disk drives. It is an external interface like the more popular Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Fire Wire 400. eSATA devices and adapters communicate over a high-speed serial cable.

eSATA was developed as a successor of ATA or Advanced Technology Attachment. It is seen as the next generation of internal bus interfaces for hard drives. It is more efficient than its antecedent technology and provides greater speed than the older technology through its serial structural design.

Advantages

eSATA is advantageous over the parallel cables because it has more dependable operation with better data integrity checks. It has the facility to add or take out devices while operating (hot swapping). It also allows faster data transfer.

Moreover, the cables used in this technology are a bit narrow and can reach only approximately 3 feet, as compared to the much wider and shorter parallel cables (usually just 18 inches).

The most important advantage of using this technology is the fact that it can transfer data at a speed around three times faster than the USB and the Fire Wire 400.

Unlike other external interfaces, eSATA does not have to translate data between the computer and the interface. It is moved or copied from the computer to the interface, or vice versa. This allows the computer to save processor resources while enabling the user to have faster data transfer.

Disadvantage

While this technology can transfer data thrice as fast as USB and Fire Wire 400, it has one disadvantage. The technology must have a power connector unlike the others. Nevertheless, it is a good choice for external disk storage.

Using eSATA

An eSATA connector is needed for an individual to use the eSATA external disk storage. If your computer doesn’t have a connector, you can set up a bus card to provide the computer with an eSATA interface.

If you have a notebook computer, you can utilize its Peripheral Component Interconnect or PCI card. You would have to hook up the power connector of the eSATA external disk to a power source so you can transfer files from your computer to the external disk.

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Free DVD Burning Software

Burning files to a DVD is one good way of storing files. Today, there are a lot of free DVD burning applications in the market. All you need to do is to explore it yourself.

ImgBurn

Burning a data DVD is a very wise way to store data, whether you are making an MP3 playlist for your car stereo, backing up files, or just clearing some space in your hard drive. ImgBurn is currently the top software for making data DVDs for free on Windows-powered computer systems. It reads accessible disk images, produces disk images, and then burns those images to a disk (DVD, CD, or HD-DVD). It also verifies disks to ensure you don’t waste any data. It has the most technical problems among its type of software, but it still remains the easiest one to use.

SoThinkMovie

Use the freeware SoThink Movie DVD Maker to make your movie disks and generate the file structure all set for writing to a DVD. Once the files are up for writing, use ImgBun to produce the disk.

AVS Disc Creator

This application is a classy CD/DVD Burner. It is the first free program that writes onto Blu-Ray Discs. It simplifies your burning task and organizes all your writing projects. AVS Disc Creator supports DVD-RAM, Double/Dual Layer DVD, CD-R/RW, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, and Blu-Ray discs. This free software supports Multi-language versions in English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German.

CDBurnerXP Pro

This software is still inadequate when it comes to writing to DVDs. Its specialty, though, is audio CDs. The software generates brilliant quality of songs, but does not allow any time-delay in between songs. CDBurnerXP Pro supports DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. You can customize your work with CDBurnerXP Pro to enjoy its several features. It can also burn and write ISO files.

DeepBurner Free Version

This is another version of DeepBurner. It supports the DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. Like the Pro version, it can burn and write ISO images. It can be used with computers with Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems.

Final Burner Free

Final Burner Free has a variety of products to pick from. Some of the products are free, some are not. Most of the paid versions of this software offer evaluation trials. It supports the DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-DL, and CD-R/RW discs. This application program can also burn and write ISO images. It can be used in computers with Windows Vista/XP/2003/2000.

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