Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Back Up Software for Your Computer Data

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Back Up Software for Your Computer Data

Article excerpt

CONTINUING from last weeks' topic on backup devices, today we explore the best ways to make a backup system work.

Backup software is produced by many companies to service the needs of home users through to professionals and businesses however as I have previously stated, software itself can be cleverly programmed but it has no intelligence.

The more cleverly written it is, the more it relies on the user to select the correct commands or put the right ticks in the right boxes.

We see many customers that have bought backup devices and have either given up on configuring the software or have found that it takes too long to back up their PC on a regular basis. Eventually they lose interest and this spent time and money goes to waste.

We have also seen a number of people bring us their backup device after a catastrophe as they found it too hard to restore the data themselves.

All of this comes back to getting the right solution for the job and there are many backup solutions available.

For instance if you have a business with a server computer then the amount of Windows configuration settings that are needed to make it perform become near as important as the data it houses.

For this reason a complete backup solution will not only backup user data but also the Windows configuration.

If you have a standard home computer or laptop then it is only the user data you need to be backing up.

Some backup software has the ability to do either, but this software is generally more complex to setup and best handled by a tech.

So what should the average computer user do?

15 years ago I had a software programmer develop a simple backup program that did all of the things I thought necessary for the average user.

Since then we've given it slight updates for compatibility sake, however the key part is we install and configure it on a per user basis. …

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