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The 4 best backup software systems on the market

by Casey Schmidt  |  December 24, 2019

4 min. read
A drawn laptop in human hands.

One of the most important rules to remember when working with something, especially digital technology, is it’s going to fail at some point. Whether it’s today, tomorrow or years from now, it is truly inevitable. When the inevitable happens, it’s vital we have a plan to make sure we’re protected. When it comes to backing up things of digital value, such as data, information and our computer files, this rule becomes a golden one. Computers are extremely vulnerable to failure, both in terms of hardware and software.

As the amount of data we retain increases, it becomes more and more necessary to find a backup software system to protect our data and files. If you’re not sure where to start, this list is a perfect foundation. The following are the top four best backup software systems available.

1. Acronis

Acronis is an absolute must when considering a backup system. It has consistently adapted to users’ evolving needs, all while maintaining a quality that is unrivaled by other software tools. The biggest draw to Acronis comes in the form of it’s backup process. This process gives the option of backing up files to the desires of the user – to the cloud or onto a resident system.

A screenshot of the Acronis program.
Acronis is a versatile backup system.

Some important details to consider about Acronis is they do an annual release of new software systems. The most recent form, True Image 2020, has all the upgrades you would expect from such a revolutionary company. It’s accessible for most users, compatible on both Windows and Mac. It has plenty of special features as well as backup tools that extend further than ordinary backup benefits. The most notable new update is to the file deletion tool, a great way to save space around data you’re backing up.

2. ShadowProtect

ShadowProtect is an ingenious enterprise backup system, valuing first and foremost the idea that company downtime is completely devastating and entirely avoidable (in some circumstances). As everyone knows, there are plenty of systems and operations that can’t immediately recover files if something goes wrong. However, ShadowProtect ensures that when disaster strikes, the downtime is lessened.

A screenshot of ShadowProtect.
ShadowProtect prevents excessive downtime.

Another thing I really like about ShadowProtect is the simplistic, smooth interface that puts all the necessary restoration tools in logical places that are easy to find and operate. Finally, the biggest standout of this tool is how basic yet effective it is. Users of all technical levels are able to locate the tools they need with ease.

3. Paragon

Paragon is one of the most in-depth tools when it comes to backup systems. Like other tools, it protects users from a hard drive malfunction and it does so efficiently. However, it takes things even further, specializing in protecting users from outliers such as viruses and other software issues that are highly random.

A screenshot of the Paragon system.
Paragon protects data from a lot of different things.

Paragon casts a wide net when it comes to catching issues that might lead to data loss. It even gives users different options and features when it comes to their recovery. Users are able to choose the files and folders they want to be backed up. Of course, they’re also able to backup everything if that’s necessary.

4.O&O DiskImage

O&O is one of the most versatile systems available, a clear positive for the users hoping to do a lot with their backup program. On top of the many different restoration tools, it also comes with some helpful things to get you started. It comes with a free trial so that users can see if it fits their needs. It’s also very easy to begin using, as the setup is noticeably easier than other systems.

A screenshot of the O&O system.
O&O is an adaptable system.

There are a lot of features to point out with O&O, starting with its speed. Any unfortunate downtime is lessened by how quickly O&O gets you back on your feet. It also allows for backup while doing other tasks, which prevents an inefficient workday. There’s a powerful backup automation feature that caters to whichever files the user wants restored. This saves time during the initial setup process as well.

Remember, there’s more ways than you think for your valuable data and files to get lost. Unless you have the right backup system in place, it’s bound to affect you negatively.