We all know the danger of loosing data and loosing data happens easily like hard disk break up, a virus attack, accidental deletion of files and various other calamities. Though the value of the date is price less, we are not ready yet to pay for expensive backup software that backs up our expensive data. In the earlier post we had reviewed online services available to backup your data. In this post we review some open source back up software that will come to use for those of you who don’t want to spend too much in buying backup software. Here are 4 open source backup software for Windows system that one must try before buying commercially available backup software.
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1. Areca Backup
Areca Backup is an Open Source personal backup solution which is released under the General Public License (GPL) v2. It basically allows you to select a set of files / directories to back-up, choose where and how (as a simple file copy, as a zip archive, …) they will be stored, and configure post-backup actions (like sending backup reports by email or launching custom shell scripts). For more features check the site here and download the software from here.
2. Backup PC
BackupPC is an open source high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux and Windows desktop PC and laptops to a server’s disk. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain. Given the ever decreasing cost of disks and raid systems, it is now practical and cost effective to backup a large number of machines onto a server’s local disk or network storage. You can download the latest version of Backup PC software here. For more information on the features, check the site here.
Bacula is a set of Open Source, enterprise ready, computer programs that permit you (or the system administrator) to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Bacula is relatively easy to use and efficient, while offering many advanced storage management features that make it easy to find and recover lost or damaged files. You can download the latest software here. For details on the features, check the site here
4. DirSync Pro
DirSync Pro is an open source synchronization and backup utility for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.. Its small, but powerful utility for file and folder synchronization. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. Using DirSync Pro you can make incremental backups. In this way you’ll spare lots of time because you don’t have to copy all the files each time you want to update your backup; only new/modified/larger files would be copied. You can download the software from here. For details on the features, check the site here.