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The best free backup software or online service balances good features with enough storage space to protect your valuable data. We've tested the major players so you can find the best one for you. Read on for our reviews.
In an ode to the original Star Wars trilogy, Seagate has released a trio of moderately capacious 2TB, USB 2.5-inch hard drive adorned with Skywalker, Vader, and Solo. They're good performers, but pricier than the norm.
Free programs as easy to use and as versatile as Perfect Backup don't come down the pike often. With support for network, FTP, and online destinations, it's also far more capable than you might expect.
We were stoked about this new nav/dash cam unit from Garmin, and we indeed love the easy, large touch display and navigation. But video capture stabilization issues from Garmin's past have reappeared to sour the experience.
Crucial's P3 SSD delivers an outstandingly low price per GB and very good everyday performance. If you don't write large amounts of data continuously, or worry about low TBW ratings, it's a heck of a bargain.
Continuous data protection doesn't get any faster or more reliable than Arcsoft's ShadowProtect SPX. With support for virtual machines and reliable disaster recovery, it's a good fit for SMB and IT types.
If you've envied the easy backup of Apple's Time Machine, you as a Windows user can have the next-best thing in Genie Timeline 10 Home. It's great for protecting your PC's files with a minimum of fuss.
WD's Black SN850X NVMe SSD delivers exceptional real-world and random performance, along with sustained throughput that nearly matched Seagate's FireCuda 530. A very fast SSD priced nicely given the performance.
You'd be hard pressed to find a better free solution for backing up your files than Paragon's Backup & Recovery. If you choose compression, it's the standard ZIP format, and you can use Microsoft's nearly universally supported VHDs as containers so you don't need the program to browse and recover files.
Remote desktop services don't come any more robust than this product by iDrive, the online backup company. In fact, iDrive has melded it remote desktop software with its online storage service for backups.