Drive Backup

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Backup Your Drive and Cruise Through a PC Disaster

When is the last time you performed a hard drive backup on your computer?
  • A week ago
  • A month ago
  • Sometime in the past few months
  • What exactly is a hard drive backup?

If you selected any of the answers above, you are at imminent risk for the loss of valuable data. Because every computer fails eventually. It's not a question of "if," but rather of "when?" Whether due to a natural disaster such as a lightning strike or flood or to human error such as a dropped laptop or a virus, no computer is immune to damage.

And even if you use your PC exclusively for personal purposes, harddrive backup is critical. Think about what is currently on your home computer. Irreplaceable photos? Expensive music collections? Sensitive financial information? The loss of any part of this data could be devastating. Which means that knowing how to back up HDD is a necessity, not a luxury.

Yet many PC-owners don't have a plan in place for a complete drive backup. Some people think they don't have the time to be researching and creating back up disk images. Others believe they aren't tech-savvy enough and worry they will just mess things up. But in reality, harddrive backup can be fast, safe and, above all, simple when you find the right product.

Find the right backup product.

Many computer owners wonder "What is the best way to get a backup hard drive?" The first thing to understand is that different backup software provide different levels of functionality. Some may only back up files but not your entire computer. Others may not allow you to work while backup is taking place. Still others may offer limited options for how to store your hard drive backup.

True Image 2013 by Acronis offers a complete backup hard drive by capturing applications, data, drivers and patches--in essence taking a snapshot of your entire PC at a given point in time and creating back up disk images with just one click. It also runs conveniently in the background, allowing you to continue working on files, browsing the Internet, etc. With Acronis True Image, there is no need to exit applications or suffer through slow-motion performance while system backup is in progress.

And it works with other Acronis products to give you the choice of the best place to store your drive backup data: on a protected partition on your laptop, on a USB drive, on a CD or DVD or even on a secure Internet site. In fact, by integrating with Acronis Cloud you can secure important files from up to five home PC's and laptops in a remote, secure location for recovery in the event of fire or natural disaster. And Acronis True Image uses state-of-the-art tools to encrypt your data with government-grade security, so you can rest easy knowing your backup hard drive data is totally protected.

Finally, it's important to look for a hard drive backup solution that isn't a memory hog. Acronis True Image offers unparalleled data compression combined with incremental backup functionality that gives you the option to only back up changes since the last backup, allowing for faster backups that take up much less storage space.

Enjoy the convenience of "set it and forget it".

With Acronis True Image, you configure regular drive backups through a one-time set up that allows for tremendous control over a number of variables including:

  • Whether and how often to schedule a complete harddrive backup with disk imaging as opposed to backing up individual files, folders or file categories.
  • Designating a preset time for drive backups or scheduling backups after a specified period has elapsed.
  • The flexibility to schedule drive backups when the user is idle, on user log-in or log-out, on system start-up or shut-down and more.
  • The option to suspend and enable tasks, specify dates to run certain tasks and copy tasks to new dates, viewing all scheduled options in the at-a-glance Calendar View.

After the initial set up, you can sit back and relax knowing that hard drive backups are performed automatically and your data is protected--so while you can go in and modify your schedule and settings at any time, Acronis True Image gives you the option to truly "set it and forget it."

Restore your system in minutes.

When disaster eventually does strike, it's critical that you are able to restore your data as quickly as possible. With Acronis True Image, you can enjoy unparalleled local PC backup that can recover a lost file or your entire computer with just a few clicks.

Accidentally deleted a file? No problem. Thanks to Acronis Nonstop Backup™, every five minutes Acronis True Image creates incremental backups that allow you to roll back your system, files and folders to the exact moment in time you need.
A bigger problem like a fried desktop or stolen laptop? Piece of cake. Acronis True Image can restore your stems and data to the PC of your choice--in as little as 15 minutes!

With the type of complete hard drive backup and restore offered by Acronis True Image, you don't need to go through the time-consuming process of hunting for original hardware and software and reinstalling your operating system, individual applications and drivers. By creating backup disk images, Acronis True Image can quickly and easily restore your computer to its pre-disaster state or replicate your entire system and files on a new computer.

So whether you've already been googling "how to backup hdd" or are just now learning of the importance of hard drive backup for your PC, True Image 2013 by Acronis just may be the perfect solution to protect your valuable data. Take just a few minutes now to set up your drive backup and save hours or even weeks of lost productivity when--not if--your computer fails.

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