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6 of the Best Free Linux Simple Backup Software

Apr 27, 2010, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Surveys suggest that up to 90% of home computer users do not back up their data. That is a pretty frightening statistic bearing in mind how valuable and precious users' files are. Computer users who do not backup their files are at risk of losing all of their personal and irreplaceable documents. The hard drive in a PC can malfunction at any time, sometimes without any warning at all. Alternatively, the computer's hard disk can be damaged by an accident, a fire, flood, power cut, or infected by a virus.

"If that situation ever occurs (without a backup), the only way to recover documents may be to employ a data recovery company. Their services are extremely expensive, and they may only be able to recover some documents. Your priceless photo albums of your children taking their first steps, your personal videos of your dream vacation to the Seychelles, important document files, emails and spreadsheets, as well as your entire multimedia collection could be lost forever. Even the loss of the boring stuff, such as information used to compile your tax returns, could cause you a real headache. We hope you are never in that situation.

"Moreover, in the absence of backups it is not only files that are at jeopardy. Users will have spent time configuring their system; installing (and configuring) software that is not included in a standard distribution, customising the desktop, compiled hundreds of favorite web sites stored in the web browser bookmarks; the list is endless of what could be irretrievably lost in the event of hard disk failure."

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