Microsoft Windows Backup

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Storage and backup applications are among the most critical in any major corporation. Because missing or corrupted backups tend to show up only when someone needs to use them to recover from some data disaster, there's not much room for error. Lost data equals lost revenue and possibly legal liability, if the lost data are relevant to the financial performance of the company.

Microsoft Windows Backup

It comes standard in and XP Pro, and has to be installed separately for XP Home, but Microsoft shipped a creditable, free, backup utility with its most recent OSes. It's a little kludgy (we said it's from Microsoft, didn't we?), but effective.

You pick the folders it backs up, but the selection isn't terribly flexible. Tell it to back up c:\ and it will get all your apps, system settings and data, so it's great if your hard drive gets fried. But both backup and restore are slow.

Its boot support is also weak. It offers the chance to create a boot disk, but will only talk about floppies, not CDs or DVDs.

For those you have to go to a third-party utility. It and the following Microsoft utility are perfectly serviceable, but not as your only backup option. Use them as backups for your backup, if you have to, but look for Cobian or something else for more convenience.

This article was originally published on 2008-08-21
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