BackUp My PC 4.81
An old motorcyclist's
adage says "If you haven't crashed yet, you're going to." The same
holds true for your computer. I can guarantee with almost 100% certainty that
there will be a day when every person reading this page will be sitting in
front of a dead PC in a panic, wondering if they will ever see their precious
- Complete backup
solution for most users of Windows 9X, 2000, XP
- Scheduled, unattended
- Full or partial
- One-button restores
- Back up to CD-R,
DVD, Tape or network share
- Proven Veritas™
has happened to me, and it will happen to you. Aside from hardware failures,
other threats to your data include fire, theft, vandalism, viruses, malicious
hackers, lightning -- there is no shortage of danger. Got backups?
While this is specifically
an evaluation of BackUp My PC from Stomp, Inc., it may be helpful to review
some basic facts regarding the process of backing up data for the typical
home, small office or power user's system.
or Protecting Your Data?
often confusion regarding what the definition of a backup is, exactly, but
basically you have two major categories:
A complete backup is a copy of (virtually) every single file on your computer,
so that in case of disaster, the system may be restored fully to its pre-disaster
condition. It seems that this is what many people expect a backup system to
do for them, and BackUp My PC can do that -- but there are many issues that
may affect the practicality of such a solution. Also, it should be pointed
out that the terms "complete backup" and "full backup"
are often used interchangably, but they are not the same thing.
This involves backing up only a selected group of files (or folders, or even
entire partitions). In case of disaster, you'll have to install Windows (or
whatever OS) from scratch, along with all of your programs – but your
work files will be available when you're done. A "full backup" set
is made of the selected files/directories, then regular incremental or differential
backups are made to supplement the full set as new files are created, and
old ones modified.
Which One Suits
It really depends on how the computer in question is used. In business, time
is money, and the more quickly you can restore a system to operation, the
better. If it is absolutely crucial that a system be back in operation in
the shortest amount of time, a complete backup is a necessity, although there
are some other, perhaps more preferable, options.