IMPORTANT NOTE: Failures can happen to any hard drive at any time. Human error, hardware failure, fires and floods are just a few ways to lose data. At ioSafe, we suggest a minimum of the "3-2-1 Rule" for backup: Make 3 complete copies of your data, keep them on at least 2 separate systems, and have at least 1 on an ioSafe Solo or offsite.
IMPORTANT: The word "backup" means to make a SECOND copy of the data to be placed on a physically different system. "Backup" does not mean "move" your data. Having only ONE COPY of your data in ANY ONE SYSTEM is NOT safe.
Human error (accidental deletions, accidental formats) can happen to anybody at any time regardless of how expensive or sophisticated the storage device. Keeping 3 or 4 complete copies of your data in multiple places on multiple formats improves your chances of recovery.
ioSafe products do not require any additional software for use as backup target. The simplest of all backups is to simply "drag and drop" a copy (not simply move but copy) of your critical data files from your primary drive to the ioSafe.
Many of our users want recommendations for automated backup software so as changes to their desktop, server or laptop get automatically backed up onto the ioSafe.
Below is a list of several software options we have had good luck with:(If you have a preferred backup software that can backup to an external hard drive, it will generally work with the ioSafe Solo or SoloPRO.)
For users with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 — These two pieces of software will backup user selected files and are completely free:
Genie Timeline — http://genie-soft.com/free_products/free_timeline.aspx — Offers continuous data protection and can restore files to a previous state. Using a laptop? Genie Timeline will automatically resume when you've reconnected to your backup drive. Email notifications can also give you updates should any of your backups go awry. It's like Apple Time Machine but for Windows PCs. Genie Timeline Professional is not free but offers full system disaster recovery for Windows OS and is included with some ioSafe products for free after proper Data Recovery Service activation or registration. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Click Here to purchase the full version of Genie Timeline Professional.
SyncBack Freeware — http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html — Ideal for intermediate users who need simple file synchronization. This is a lightweight, simple piece of software that works well with most Windows OS versions. Using "Scheduled Tasks" within Windows, you can create a backup schedule that resumes only when the computer is idle (nice!). This program is not for "open file" (i.e. an active Quickbooks or Outlook database).
For all Mac users — http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/time-machine.html — Time Machine is already embedded into the new Mac OS, simply set the ioSafe device as the target to get started. Time Machine backs up the entire system and can revert to a previous date.
Need more out of your backup software? Whether you're an experienced home user or looking for a business solution, these are for you.
http://genie9.com — Aside from the free version, Genie9 also offers a wide array of paid backup software. Genie Timeline Professional (a $60 value) is included with some ioSafe products with proper activation and registration. Additional benefits include full system recovery, server support, and enterprise level security. Click Here to purchase the full version of Genie Timeline Professional.
http://www.acronis.com — Another wide array of backup software from home to enterprise. Solutions support individual home PCs to multiple servers.
While upgrading a system with a new operating system, be sure to always have at least 2 copies in addition to your original system during the upgrade. We strongly recommend, while upgrading to a new operating system, your original primary hard drive should be physically removed from the system and replaced with a new hard drive. Install the new operating system on the new hard drive. Using this technique, you'll always be able to return to your original disk by reinstalling it in the system in case you run into any problems. Please have your local IT support person help you with this process if this all sounds confusing.
IMPORTANT NOTE (AGAIN!): Failures can happen to any hard drive at any time. Human error, hardware failure, fires and floods are just a few ways to lose data. At ioSafe, we suggest a minimum of the "3-2-1 Rule" for backup: Make 3 complete copies of your data, keep them on at least 2 separate systems, and have at least 1 on an ioSafe Solo or offsite.
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