After a recent laptop hard drive failure I have been checking out some home backup solutions to backup that valuable data.

After a long search it comes down to 2 contenders; Acronis True Image Home and Nero BackItUp.

Both allow you to backup files and your system, however where Acronis is streets ahead is the recovery software.  True Image Home allows you to create a disk/partition image of your operating system, back this up to a portable hard drive so that in the event of any drive failure, a restore can be achieved with speed.  Acronis gives you the ability to create rescue media to either a CD or even a bootable USB stick, which given the abundance of netbooks without CD drives is streets ahead.

This is my site Written by Tim Jolley on February 8, 2011 – 3:32 pm