Backups without tears

Overcome your Fear of Backups with this free utility.

Do you regularly back up your data, files, records, pictures, and other stuff on your computer? The stuff your life basically depends on? Didn't think so. Very few PC owners even bother to take advantage of Windows' fairly simple built-in backup utility, to the despair of technical support around the world. With Windows 7 new on the scene, it's a good time to back up your system, and to start scheduling regular backups, too. GFI Backup 2009 Home Edition 3.0 can help you overcome your Fear of Backups. It's easy to use; it effectively backs up your system; and, best of all, it's free, as in "no money," as in "no excuses." You can bet that replacing lost software will cost a lot more than that.

GFI Backup's text-heavy main dialog box is divided into four large buttons marked Backup, My Tasks, Restore, and Sync, each with extensive explanations of their respective functions. The tools themselves open in much more conventional (and familiar) tabbed Windows dialogs. Online help is available at the product's Web site and via Twitter. It gives you lots of options for creating backups, but its Wizard-driven interface makes it all easy. You can schedule regular backups, too, which is a wise move. GFI Backup does its job as well as expensive software, but it's free.

GFI Backup 2009 Home Edition 3.0 works in Windows 7. It installs desktop icons without asking and leaves behind folders after it's uninstalled, but those are backup records you may want to keep.

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