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Best Backup Software 2016

Updated on November 13, 2015

We keep so much of our important personal and work information on our computers. It is vital that you securely backup this data, so you can get it back if our hard disk fails. Using the right backup software means you can rest assured that no matter what happens to your PC, your information will be there when you need it.

There are many backup software options, but we have picked the top 3 to review in best backup software 2016:

  • Genie Backup Manager - We found this software package to be the easiest to use.
  • Norton Ghost - This was the best budget option.
  • Acronis True Image - Acronis had the best feature set of all the backup utilities we looked at.

There are certain things one should look for when buying a backup software package:

  • Ease of use - The use of the software should be intuitive and convenient, a novice should be able to set it up and use it.
  • The features - The program should go beyond just copying files. It should allow you to schedule backups of what you want, when you want it.
  • Help system - Backing up and restoring a system can be tricky; the help should provide clear step by step instructions.

Symantec Norton Ghost

Norton Ghost is an old player in the data protection business. It has the reputation of being one of the most powerful and capable software solutions available. Initially their backup software wasn't very good, but they refined it over time into a very impressive package.

Compared to the previous version Symantec Norton Ghost 15 has improved flexibility as well as more features to cater to everyone's data protection needs. This software is suitable for both home and office use. One of the most significant improvements is the recovery CD image creation. The software now allows the user to make images from the boot disc. It is one of the most capable 'cold imaging' software systems available. Cold imaging technique allows you to recover or restore files in the event that your system fails to boot.

The main tasks that Norton Ghost performs are divided into backup, recovery and conversions. It also uses the 'Symantec Threat Con' which in turn uses the information from 'Symantec Security Response'. This initiates automated file backup whenever a specific threat level is reached for instance if a data limit is reached or a computer virus is detected. The software allows for the backup of the whole system. It is equally useful when, backup of certain specific files is required.

In addition to the other tons of features the software is windows 7 compatible. It works with both 25G and 50G Blu-ray discs. It also supports a variety of storage drives. This includes network drives, external storage drives, and rewritable CDs and DVDs.

In short Norton Ghost is a very powerful and versatile data recovery software package. It is an excellent choice for those who are serious about data protection and works well with other Norton utilities.

Best backup software of 2016
Best backup software of 2016

Genie Backup Manager Professional V8.0

Data reliability is an absolute necessity for individuals as well as organizations. To achieve this you need a good backup management software package. Genie backup manager is powerful enough to deliver for all computer users. This program has two crucial qualities that make it stand out from the crowd. The first one is its ease of use. This means that in order to take full advantage of the software you don't need to be a techie. Anyone with a basic knowledge of computes should be able to take advantage of this excellent package.

The other great feature this program has is it's reliability. It offers continuous data protection. This means that the software does automatic backups at preset time intervals. It also minimizes any discomfort to the user during the backup process. You can continue using your PC as per usual during these automated backups. The software also offers encryption facilities which, provides an added layer of protection.

Best selling backup software 2016
Best selling backup software 2016

Acronis True Image Home

The interface of the software is very easy to navigate. The overall look is reminiscent of Windows Vista, just much more logical. The language is very understandable and buttons are easy to read. The whole operation is further streamlined with a logical option placement.

The 'one click' backup feature is a good example of the simplicity of the package. Acronis tries to take full control of the backup process so you don't have to understand or worry about what is being done.

True Image 2016 offers a very extensive feature set. It allows for the back up of the entire system. The software also allows for specific file backup if that is what you need. The cold imaging technique enables you to recover data in the event of a complete system failure. The software also allows you to create boot disks to further facilitate the recovery process. The software offers online backups, non-stop backup, disk cloning etc.

A strong reliable software package with great ease of use.

If you found best backup software 2016 useful you should also read best security software 2016 and best mac software 2016.


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      8 years ago

      I think this website should add ZenOK. I tried once and for my opinion is the fastest and nost complete online Backup Software.

      Plus is very easy to store and access files online. The best thing is that is free.

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      8 years ago

      Personally I have found that open source software meets my demands more than the paid versions out there. However I have used Acronis and did enjoy it's simple GUI. Nice article.

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      8 years ago from India

      Data Back is most important activity to prevent from data loss situation so you need to be very active and careful about it. and the software helps you take you data back automatically... Good Keep it up lol!

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      8 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Hello JGaunt,

      You are absolutely right, there are many backup software options out there that can be overwhelming for anyone that has to choose one. I have to admit that am a little biased toward open-source software and my preferences are Bacula, Amanda and BackupPC. These are all real good options that rival with any enterprise-grade backup software out there. For a very small network that can live with a local backup (that seats behind a firewall) my preference is BackupPC. It's not too terrible to set up in a Linux server, no agent is needed at the hosts, and has a nice web-based GUI that makes backing up / restoring a very simple process. Despite that the application will reside in a Linux box, the hosts being backed up can be Windows, Linux or MacOS. You may also want to give BackupPC a try in the future!

      For bare-metal backups, I typically use clonezilla. You can't go wrong with a combination of clonezilla once every other month and regular backup of data with BackupPC.

      Thanks for sharing !

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      8 years ago from bear, de, 19701

      seldom use it. prefer to use CD backup. thanks for info sharing.

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      save my system 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      When you decide to use any software for the back up it is essential to rely on its functionality completely. Software should possess compatibility with all kinds of files and formats and types of OS as well.


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