Prosoft Data Backup PC is reliable, simple backup software for your PC.

PCs may generally be more reliable these days, but user error or the occasional software crash or hardware fault means you need a system in place to back up your data. Prosoft Engineering is an old hand at producing data-recovery software for the Mac, and now provides tools for PC users.

The advantage of Prosoft Data Backup's Mac background is that the interface for the program is straightforward and intuitive. Simple tasks (such as backing up or restoring emails, pictures or music) are all accessible from the main screen.

In addition, a series of Prosoft Data Backup PC wizards will lead you through the process of copying complete drives or selected folders to removable drives (such as a DVD burner), and restoring individual files from your backups is incredibly straightforward.

You can also use Prosoft Data Backup PC to create a Disaster Recovery Disk: using this, you can copy all of your files onto CD or DVD and, in the event of losing everything, you can restore data from that disc. However, while this worked with Windows XP, we could not get it to work with Vista.

Logs are kept of operations, and Prosoft Data Backup PC makes it very easy to create incremental backups so that you do not waste time and space. What’s more, with Data Backup PC you can schedule your backups to take place at regular intervals, automating the process so that you do not have to worry about the safety of your information. A real bonus is the inclusion of antivirus software so that you can scan all files before transferring them to disc.

Prosoft Data Backup PC: Specs

  • 200MHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon
  • 256MB RAM
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 500Mb disk space
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
  • 200MHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon
  • 256MB RAM
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 500Mb disk space
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

OUR VERDICT

There are some good features to Prosoft Data Backup PC. It's easy to use and simplifies a necessary task: creating and restoring files is a cinch, and the addition of anti-virus protection is a nice touch (though perhaps redundant at a time when all PCs should now have such facilities). But the occasional glitch with Vista, as well as the fact that a program like Acronis True Image is cheaper, makes it hard to recommend.

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