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The 10 best free backup downloads

Make sure you can recover files, folder and even your games

We all know backing-up is one of the key rules to good computing. However, when you start listing everything you need to make a copy of to ensure you can return to normal pretty quickly if your PC should crash, there's much more than just digital photos and word documents. There's all your emails, program settings and even your games. Fear not, help is at hand in the form of these ten free downloads.

CD Recovery Toolbox Free 1.1

CD Recovery Toolbox Free is a data recovery tool that, despite its name, can help you to recover lost files from CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs that may be scratched, or have other problems preventing them from being read correctly.

MOBackup 6.40

MOBackup makes it quick and easy to take backups of your Outlook email, notes, contacts, calendars and more. It works with Outlook 2000, XP, 2003, 2007 and 2010 (but not Outlook Express).

AVG LiveKive

There's plenty of free online backup services available, but AVG's LiveKive is one of the newest. It was announced last month but until now, it was only available as a closed Beta.

The free version offers 5GB of online storage space, but unlike other offerings, doesn't restrict the functionality. Just like users of the paid-for version, those signed up to the free service can still benefit from historical versioning, the ability to share files with friends and family and even view their online storage from Apple iPhones or smartphones running Google Android.

Gmail Drive 1.0.17

Google's Gmail gives users access to a virtually unlimited amount of online storage space for their emails but this Gmail Drive shell extension enables you to put this space to good use by transforming it into online storage that can be accessed through Explorer. The virtual drive that is created can be used like any other – just drag and drop files into place and the utility will generate an email with your selected files attached to it.

MjM Photo Recovery 1.09

MjM Photo Recovery provides a simple way to recover digital photos from memory cards, whether they've been accidentally deleted, or lost when the card was formatted.

Just run the program, choose a device, click Search, and it'll immediately start scanning for lost photos. This can take a long time - several hours if you've a large memory card, perhaps 16 or 32GB - but the program does keep you informed by displaying thumbnails of the images it's located. You can view these full-screen, then recover all the photos or just the ones you need.

  1. Recover files, folder and even your games
  2. CD Recovery Toolbox Free
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