Posted at 12:00h Note: this is an extension of key points discussed in a previous posting titled "Your backup sucks!"
If you want more background information on different types of backups and suggested methods, then please read that posting.
Now that you have an external hard drive, it is important to avoid a big mistake that we see often: manually copying the information on it yourself. This is important because next week you'll have that dinner party, and the week after you have to actually get some work done. Oh, and 2 days later you might
have some free time to dedicate 30 minutes to your backups. Face it, we're not always available to make sure backups occur on their own, and we shouldn't have to be. So we need some good software that can take care of that for us. Most of today's backup drives will already come with some form of backup software to facilitate proper backups on a schedule, however a good portion of these backup software don't work well. So here are a few, based on your operating system, that we know have worked:
A free version of this software is available from here
. Just download and install it, start it in trial mode, and get the free license key from their website
and paste it into the program. This will allow you to use it for simple backups to your hard drive. If you need additional help setting this up, then please request it through our help desk
. We offer free and fee based support, depending on your needs.