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21. Executive Diskeeper 9 Home Edition
$59.88
22. MICROMAT TechTool Pro 4 Version
$37.99 $34.99 list($49.99)
23. System Mechanic 5
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24. Norton Ghost 2003
$149.99
25. Internet Security Barrier Platinum
$37.00 list($69.95)
26. PartitionMagic 8.0
$359.99 $347.58 list()
27. Dantz Dev. RETROSPECT 6.0 WORKGROUP
$42.99 $42.97 list()
28. Dantz Retrospect 7 Professional
$949.99 $931.57 list()
29. Dantz MU10A007000 Retrospect 7
$84.99 $79.99 list($99.99)
30. Norton Ghost 9.0 and Partition
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31. Panda Platinum Internet Security
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32. Norton AntiVirus 2005 - Single
$44.99 $37.00 list($59.99)
33. Stomp Backup My PC 5 Deluxe
$89.99 $79.88
34. Internet Security Barrier Antispam
$92.99 $89.88 list($129.99)
35. Retrospect 6.5 Professional
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36. SecurErase 8: Permanently Erase
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37. Detto Move2Mac USB
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38. Powerquest Drive Image 7
$49.88
39. MICROMAT DiskStudio ( Macintosh
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40. Iolo Search & Recover 2 [Recover

21. Executive Diskeeper 9 Home Edition
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Asin: B00062XIII
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Executive Software International
Sales Rank: 678
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Features

  • Defragmenter with patented high-speed engine for faster PC performance
  • Set It and Forget It operation; runs undetectably in the background
  • Graphical displays show how much performance is being lost to fragmentation
  • Screen saver mode defragments while system is idle; easy-to-use interface
  • SmartScheduling mode automatically schedules defragmentation; I/O Smart

22. MICROMAT TechTool Pro 4 Version and Competitive Upgrade ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B000294HBM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Micromat
Sales Rank: 778
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Features

  • The new Volume Journaling runs your directory structure more quickly & efficiently
  • Prevention features send mail alerts any time a problem is found
  • Multiple protection tools for checking Internet connections, networks, modems and some 3rd-party external peripherals
  • Complete suite of Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology(SMART tests) monitors overall performance and keeps you aware of the situation
  • Powerful repair and diagnostic features -- save your information with these great volume repair and data recovery tools

23. System Mechanic 5
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Asin: B00030IESM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IOLO Technologies
Sales Rank: 1365
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Features

  • High-speed disk defrag and optimization utilizing proprietary Caterpillar Technology.
  • Boot-time defragmentation allows you to defragment system files before Windows starts.
  • Startup Guard prevents rogue programs from adding themselves to Windows startup Eliminate hazardous spyware and adware on your computer with Spython.
  • Software Uninstaller completely removes any program, even if it doesn't have its own uninstaller Advanced Registry tools repair, optimize, compact, defrag, and backup the system Registry.
  • Integrated Popup Stopper eliminates annoying Internet pop-ups and web advertisements.

24. Norton Ghost 2003
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00006FXML
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 551
Average Customer Review: 2.54 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, best backup program by far..
After reading the reviews in here with much hesitancy I bought the program over the weekend, and before I opened it went out to the Symantec website to check hardware compatability (which you should do with any software product these days just to be sure.)
I had used a prior version of Ghost and it was a little quirky (but it did work fine, with high quality cdr's) but 2003 seems to have fixed alot of problems and has some great new improvements. I started out simple and went for a straight image to CDR's.. while not the fastest method it worked without a hitch.. It also works great with USB external drives as well..much faster than cd's even on USB 1.. I've got 3 computers backed up on an 80GB external.. awesome! It does have limited DVD support as a few people mentioned but DVD's are new and it will take a little time to catch up.. I think the reason most people are having problems is not reading the manual, it is a complex program but simple at the same time.. All the answers are there if you look for them, too many people are just used to installing a program and figuring it out as they go along.. If you've ever experienced a hard drive failure or system crash without a backup (as I have) you quickly learn how important backups are.. With Ghost 2003 regular backups are a snap, get a USB drive and along with CDR's you can have 2 sets just in case..

5-0 out of 5 stars Ghost 2003, best hard drive image maker yet.
The new Ghost 2003 supports USB 1.1, 2.0 and 1394 Firewire hard drives and cdrw and dvd-rw drives. You can create a single floppy disk that will let you save a image of your hard drive to a 2nd partition of your hard drive, a 2nd hard drive, cdrw drives ( will span multiple cdr & cdrw discs), dvd-r drive, external usb 1.1 & 2.0 hard drives and 1394 hard drives.

You can restore you saved image from the same single floppy disk.

Ghost will create a virtual partition and boot to pc dos to image your hard drive without the use of a floppy. Caution, if you cannot boot to your hard drive, you must create a bootable floppy or cdrom to restore your image.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can Ghost 2003 make a bootable drive across a network?
I'm using these discussions to help me decide on purchasing Ghost 2003. What I need to do is change the old hard drive on my Notebook by moving the O/S and installed programs to new bootable hard drive. I would like to "image" or "clone" the Notebook's old drive over my home network to a new hard drive that is installed in an external enclosure and connected to a PC by USB or Fire Wire. I hope to end up with the new drive being an exact bootable copy of the old drive and to then install it in the Notebook. My 5 stars assumes that I can do this. I know that Ghost can "image" across a network to/from USB and Fire Wire but is the final restored/cloned drive bootable? Has anyone done this or is Ghost capable of doing this?

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Ghost!
Great Product!

I had to recover my computer after a fatal error with a ghost image and it worked flawlessly. As for the comment made in a previous review, Ghost does not back up the MBR (master boot record) on your hard drive. It only images the drive that you specify. It's not that the images didn't work but Ghost doesn't back up the MBR. If you ever need to restore the master boot record you can use a bootable floppy with the FDISK command on it and restore it with the FDISK /MBR command. This will restore the MBR from the back up copy that is on the hard drive. Over all very pleased with the product and I always keep a ghost image on hand just in case.

1-0 out of 5 stars not a backup program
It is misleading to call this a backup program. The program doesn't "backup" files, as is generally understood. It images the disk. Disk copy programs can be had for a lot less. ... Read more


25. Internet Security Barrier Platinum Edition X Su (Mac)
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0007QKP70
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intego
Sales Rank: 1251
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Features

  • Internet Filter and Privacy tool gives you control over cookies and blocking ad banners
  • Back up data more easily than ever - multiple options for your backups, restorations, synchronizations, archives and clones
  • Encrypts and decrypts iChat messages on the fly, using military-grade 512-bit encryption
  • Personal Firewall protects and monitors all incoming and outgoing data
  • Antivandal blocks all attempts to break in, catching detecting wrong passwords and logging vandal attacks

26. PartitionMagic 8.0
list price: $69.95
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Asin: B00006MJEN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Powerquest
Sales Rank: 1074
Average Customer Review: 2.84 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

PartitionMagic is a lot more these days than a simple partitioning tool for hard drives. In fact, PartitionMagic 8.0 can repartition your hard drive, set up multiple operating systems, and even perform scheduled backups to protect your data.

The core program, which can be run from Windows or in DOS mode directly from a boot floppy, enables you to change the size of existing partitions, create new partitions, merge two partitions into one, and more. This is all achieved in a logical and straightforward way, using a new group of wizards and a number of safety checks to make sure you do what you intended.

Any of the changes you make occur without disturbing any data you already have on your hard drive. The program can handle IDE and SCSI hard drives, and this version adds external drives linked to USB 2.0 or FireWire ports. However, you will now need quite a bit of memory on your PC to run the program--128 MB in Windows XP, for example.

BootMagic is bundled with PartitionMagic 8.0, and is a well-featured boot manager that enables you to install several different operating systems on your PC and switch between them at startup.

Overall, PartitionMagic is a safe and effective way to protect your data and improve the efficiency of your PC. --Simon Williams, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (43)

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
I don't know why I keep hearing all these negative reviews complaining that the software doesn't work under Windows XP. I just bought a new dell 8300 with a 120GB hard drive, running Windows XP Pro. I was on the verge of completely reformating my hard drive so I could properly partition it. I was annoyed that I would have to spend hours reinstalling drivers and software, and I knew that my computer would never be the same as when it arrived here. Luckily, I spoke to one of my friends and he recommended PartitionMagic 8.0. After looking into the product, I almost didn't buy it because of the negative reviews. However, I decided to go for it anyway and I got the product. After I installed it, I installed the upgrade patch from their website. After watching the flash tutorial and using some of the help files, I knew exactly what to do. The program took me step by step through the process, showing me the changes that would occur once I gave it the go ahead. So, I resized my C Drive to 20gb, added a 1.5GB primary partition in front of it for my swap file, and divided the remaining space into two logical drives around 43gb in size. Then I crossed my fingers, clicked okay and the program restarted the computer to make the changes. About 30 minutes later, the process was done and I had no problems with it at all. Now I happily have all the partitions I wanted and I can begin working with the computer. Shame on Microsoft for not having a built in utility that does all that Partition Magic can do. Anyway, I highly recommened this program if you want to partition your hard drive without losing any of the data on it! This is a must for Windows XP users. Eventually, I'll probably use this software to add Linux also.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product for people with DISK EXPERIENCE!
I've had great luck with PartitionMagic 7.0 on both Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional. But after reading several negative reviews of PartitionMagic 8.0 with XP, I was a little nervous about buying and using it on my new PC.

This product works! This past weekend I partitioned my brand new Dell PC (Dimension 8300) flawlessly. My new Dell has the 2 SATA drives with the Promise card configured for RAID-1 (hardware mirrored). And who wants a 120GB "C-drive"?

The product worked just as advertised!

The product will usually warn you if you are about to do something catastrophic, but it isn't completely "novice proof". The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is that PowerQuest (or Symantec, or whomever owns it now) doesn't make the product easy to use for those wanting multiple booting options - which is one of the things they claim on the box.

Making a single PC run multiple operating systems booting from different partitions SHOULD be a challenge, and it is. This product will make multi-booting easier, but don't expect it to make it simple. If this is your goal - (1) do your homework before you begin, and (2) backup everything you can't afford to lose!

4-0 out of 5 stars just get the patches and it works wonders
My linux partition recently ran out of space, so I decided to resize my dos (Win XP) partition and add space to the linux partition. I got PM8.0, and at first was very distressed to find out that PM did not work, giving an Error 1513. The next morning, I called the software sales at the symantec site and asked about this error. They forwarded me to a tech line (free) who forwarded me to another tech line (not free). I talked with the guy, told him the problem, told him the link for the patch at their web site was broken (google "Error 1513 Partition Magic" to get to the symantec error listing with patches), and within a couple minutes, he sent me an updated link to the patch (for FREE). I installed the patch, and was able to resize the partitions without a hitch (no data lost). The fact that Microsoft changed file formats (giving Error 1513) is not something PM has any control over, and they have provided the patches...

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome. And better yet, it even works.
This product does what is otherwise impossible: shrinks a partition without disturbing the data therein.
Also it works very fast! It takes just a minute or two to shrink or expand a partition.
It has always worked for me. If you wonder why you would need this software, don't worry about it. If you need it, you know it. And when you need it, this is the only program on earth that will do this work.
When you need it and it works it is AWESOME!

Here's an example:
Say you have a teaching lab with 8 computers. You want to use Power Quest Drive Image to create a clone of the hard disk on computer #1 on CD. Then every Friday night after class you can restore the image on all 8 computers and Monday morning all your computers are fresh and ready, regardless of what last week's students did.

Computer #1 has a 100 GB hard drive in a single partition, but only 1GB is actually in use. The rest is free space. Since Drive Image backs up a partition at a time, you will need enough CDs to hold 100GB of compressed data, even though most of it will just be zeros. That might take you many CDs. What you need is a way to shrink the partition size down to just the 1GB in use. Conventional tools will not allow you to do this....they erase all the data in the partition if you shrink it. That kills you! That forces you to back up all the data to another hard drive, delete the partition, recreate the partition to the 1GB size, then format the partition, then reload the data from the spare hard drive, if possible, then create your Drive Image CD, and then go to through the whole process again to expand the partition back. This could take all day.

With Partition Magic, you just insert a diskette and about two minutes later you are done shrinking the partition to the needed size! Snap your image CD and then fire up Partition Magic again and in another two minutes the partition is back where it started! With this technology available doing it the old way makes about as much sense as using a Radio Shack cassette tape player for data storage on your IBM-PC instead of a hard drive.

The former owner of this program, Power Quest, was granted several patents on this technique. Check it out at www.uspto.gov - it's fascinating reading. Paraphrasing their words: obviously this function is not easy since it took 15 years from the introduction of the IBM-PC for someone to invent it.

1-0 out of 5 stars PartitionMagic 8.0
This has to be about the worst thing I ever did to my computer in all my cyber history. I have a dual-boot system--Mandrake Linux and Windows 2000--and I suddenly needed to expand my C drive in Win 2000 in order to install a new program.

I bought PowerQuest PartitionMagic for the purpose, and then spent a frustrating night--till after 4:00 a.m., trying to get it installed and working. First off, it destroyed the first mount point for my Linux. After I got that fixed, and after several more problems, it took more than two hours to analyze and reconfigure about 6 Gb on my 28 Gb E partition. Except it didn't finish. Rather, it gave me an exception dump to the floppy with instructions to contact PowerQuest Technical support. Except PowerQuest doesn't exist any more. Symantec claims to be handling it. But Symantec wanted to charge me another $30 for technical help, on top of the $70 I just paid for the program the night before. I finally talked them out of that, on grounds I just wanted to know how to back out of the whole thing without wreaking even more damage, but the "help" they offered wasn't any help at all. I now have a partially crippled system until I can get rid of the PartitionMagic and repair the damage it did. I am filing with Symantec for a refund, and I hope never to have to deal with anything from PowerQuest/Symantec again in my life.

The irony of it is that I had a copy of SystemCommander v.7, buried since about two years. Just didn't take the time to hunt for it. I have used SystemCommander successfully for years, through a progression of upgrades. It does in five minutes what PartitionMagic couldn't do in more than two hours. And it has a backup key which allows you to safely undo any problems or mistakes back to a previous condition. By contrast, PartitionMagic gives you a warning that once you hit the "Apply" button, you're stuck with it. And if anything goes wrong you have to go into the Registry to do a manual repair--with all the problems and hazards that entails. SC also handles every concievable OS, where I can't see that PQ handles more than the most common ones. And the README.TXT file for PQ lists a whole string of things it can't do even in Win 2000 and XP.

My advice to anyone thinking of buying PartitionMagic ---- Don't. Buy SystemCommander instead. It doesn't have as pretty an interface, and it sometimes makes you think the process through, but it does the job with speed and safety. And the Tech people are MUCH nicer to work with. ... Read more


27. Dantz Dev. RETROSPECT 6.0 WORKGROUP MAC ( WU10A600000 )

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Asin: B0001GDEFQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 6533
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28. Dantz Retrospect 7 Professional Upgrade

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Asin: B0007KI7IA
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 1105
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Dantz Development (PU24A007000) Retrospect 7 Pro Upg Win ... Read more


29. Dantz MU10A007000 Retrospect 7 Multi Server with CD & Manual Win

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Asin: B0007KI7HG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 7288
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Dantz Retrospect v.7.0 Multi Servers for Windows - Complete Product - Backup & Recovery - 1 Server(s) Complete Product - Standard,Unlimited Clients - PCRetrospect Multi Server is designed for a business protecting three or more servers. It provides licenses to protect an unlimited number of networked servers, desktops, and notebooks. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for businesses with multiple computers to back up!
There's not much to go by in the item description given here, so visit this page to find out more: http://www.dantz.com/en/products/win_business/index.dtml. The Dantz website says that "Retrospect Multi Server is designed for a business protecting three or more servers. It provides licenses to protect an unlimited number of networked servers, desktops, and notebooks."

This software is easy to set up and use, and reliable so you'll know that your backup isn't going to be corrupt when you restore. Lots of people find out the hard way that not having a backup of your computer can be devastating, and in a business environment losing files can be make or break! When I recommend software for my friends, and I sometimes end up doing it AFTER they've lost everything because they had no backup, I recommend Retrospect, and I use it in the non-profits I consult for, who can't afford to replace their archives. Although this software is for Windows, it backs up networked computers running other platforms like MacOS and Linux. Dantz has been around for a long time, and has a great reputation. PCWorld recently said "Retrospect Professional remains the cream of the crop in desktop backup software." You'll be glad you're protected if you end up needing to restore. ... Read more


30. Norton Ghost 9.0 and Partition Magic 8.0 Bundle
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002V87EI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 882
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31. Panda Platinum Internet Security 2005

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Asin: B0006LCHUE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Panda Software
Sales Rank: 2243
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32. Norton AntiVirus 2005 - Single User [LB]
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0002Q7ZIC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 8149
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Features

  • Removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses automatically
  • Internet Worm Protection blocks certain more sophisticated worms
  • Detects spyware and other non-virus threats
  • QuickScan and PreInstall Scan; enhanced packer support
  • Defends against malicious code; easy to use

33. Stomp Backup My PC 5 Deluxe
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0001DYU9S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Stomp Inc
Sales Rank: 1186
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Powerful yet easy-to-use data protection and disaster recovery solution
  • Protection for a single computer or peer-to-peer network
  • Schedule automatic backups of important files or the entire computer
  • Backs up to recordable CD/DVD, tape, zip, and other removable media drives
  • Dramatic data compression; encrypt backups with password protection

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible technical support
On my XP Dell laptop this product would not start. I got an error message which was conveyed to Stomp by e-mail for their advice. They responded promptly. I followed their instructions to the letter... copy all the .dll files into the main folder, and leaving the original .dll files in their original location. This did not work...same error message. (This problem must be common because it is addressed extensively in FAQ). I also uninstalled and reinstalled, etc. to no avail. I followed up with another e-mail. Their response was then that the problem was being worked on. After a couple of weeks I checked and found my request closed without my knowledge. I made a second identical request, to no avail. They just closed their file without any acknowledgement to me. Nothing... no explanation or apology... nothing. Now I have a piece of software which is useless to me. I know it works great on 98se machines, but question XP. Would appreciate help if someone knows the answer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Works ok, But
I was never able to fully restore. The only thing that really worked was to re-install XP and then do the recovery from there.

The results then work ok as long as I never use any of the driver options, including the "recommended".

All in all, better than Ghost, but not by very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Automated Backup
There are wizards that guide you through backing up an entire drive, just important files, or making a "disaster recovery" backup in case your hard disk crashes and you can't boot.

Once you've defined a "backup set" that includes which files to back up and whether you want to back up all files or just changed files ("full" backup versus "incremental" or "differential" backups), you can select a set from a drop down menu and hit one button to back up. Just two steps to a frequently-run canned backup.

For example: I have two sets, one called "Photoshop Full" and another called "Photoshop Incremental." I run "Photoshop Full" once a month or so to back up all my digital photography hobby work. That takes about an hour to run. Every night, I run "Photoshop Incremental" to back up just the files I've worked on that day, which takes about 2 minutes. I just select which set I want from the drop down, load the media, and press a button. That's it!

It supports CD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD+R. These are the formats I've tried; it supports many more optical formats, plus tape drives and external hard disks.

Compression is supported, as is hardware compression if your device supports it. Many SCSI tape drives do.

Backups can be scheduled to run at pre-determined times. You can have a backup run at 2am, for example. Do make sure you load media with sufficient space before you go to bed.

Restore is also painless: you can quickly restore the latest version of any backed up file, or you can choose which version of the file you want to back up. So, if you mess up a document beyond recovery, for example, you can restore yesterday's or last month's version.

On the negative side, the backup MUST be restored with this program. It doesn't write regular files that you can just copy off the backup media back to your hard disk. And, backups can only span up to 32 pieces of media, regardless of the media capacity. That's about 150GB for DVD+RW, or 23GB for CD-R. If you have more data than that, you cannot do "whole disk" backups; you must choose smaller file sub-sets to back up.

Disaster Recovery REQUIRES a floppy disk drive. I don't have one. It won't create a bootable recovery CD, as far as I can tell.

The GUI could be a little more dressy too, but I'm nitpicking here.

No more excuses for not backing up! Set up your most frequent backups as backup sets, then enjoy two-click or scheduled, unattended backups. ... Read more


34. Internet Security Barrier Antispam Edition X Su (Mac)
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B0007QOMKG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intego
Sales Rank: 4502
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Features

  • Intelligent spam filters help protect your inbox; includes Virus Barrier to block known viruses from infecting your system
  • Personal Firewall protects and monitors all incoming and outgoing data
  • Antivandal blocks all attempts to break in, catching detecting wrong passwords and logging vandal attacks
  • Internet Filter and Privacy tool gives you control over cookies and blocking ad banners
  • Analyzes incoming e-mail, determining which messages are spam and which are valid messages

35. Retrospect 6.5 Professional
list price: $129.99
our price: $92.99
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Asin: B00009M7S5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 856
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Protection includes desktop & notebook backups, SimpleCrypt & strong DES encryption, and anti-virus software collaboration
  • Includes compression
  • 100% accurate and point-in-time restores to any point in time
  • EasyScript Wizard for simple backup needs
  • Comprehensive reporting, duplicates, archives, media verification, and backup verification

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Powerful but hard to use
This program is powerful and versatile, but it's difficult to use, especially if you use different media (hard disk, zip disks, DVDs, etc.). They also call things that we were already familiar with, like disk sets and incremental backups, differently. The printed manual is nice, though.

To the guy from Pa. who couldn't use the DVD writer: next time get a better namebrand. Retrospect works great with the built-in Toshiba DVD burner in my laptop.

3-0 out of 5 stars Still haven't found what I'm looking for
For over a decade, I've looked for the perfect backup utility, and I thought that I'd finally found it. It had to be automatic without needing a third-party add-on (unlike built-in Windows backup utilities), it had to incremental but smart enough to know what I'd changed (whereas others seem to take guesses, not always accurately), it had to allow for multiple backup routines (e.g. daily to another hardrive and weekly to a Zip drive), and it had to be user friendly (or my wife wouldn't use it, too).

Ta-da - this does all that. .... BUT, if you want to backup opened files, be prepared to spend hundreds of dollars extra, ouch! For example, I need a daily backup of my Outlook *.PST file(email, contacts, todos, appointments, etc.) but I routinely leave Outlook open rather than closing it every night. When I realized that this entailed an extra cost, I lowered my rating of this product from 5 to 3 stars.

So, I guess I'm still looking...

5-0 out of 5 stars Professional software for serious computer users
Bought the package in the first place for use with my Onstream ADR tapestreamer. Retrospect works flawlessy with this hardware. The inferface looks Spartan and could be a bit more intuitive but is still better then most competitors. Still I give the package 5 stars, because it works fast and reliable. Gives me the feeling of putting my data in a safe vault. Does everything one expects of a backup app, much options and once installed and configured to my needs, it works fully automatic. I let it make a daily backup on my second harddrive and every week on tape. What I like especially is that Retrospect, after the initial backup, saves only modified files with a minimum of space on the media used. Looks like the usual incremental backup? It's better then that. Last week my wife worked on an old document and saved it erroneously under the old name, while she needed also the old version. After a couple of days we used Retrospect to go back to the state of January 6th, to retrieve the file in its former state. And if I delete a file on March 23, I don't see it in the backup of March 24, but I can go back to the backup of March 23 and there it is.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor Hardware Support
I purchased this product based on a reccommendation from the David Lawrence Radio Show without checking its specific hardware support. As it turned out, no drivers for my newer Samsung CD-RW/DVD combo device are available from Dantz, and the program's "Custom Configuration" device was unable to configure/manufacture one that would work.

Now I am stuck with having to return the software (if Amazon allows) or 'invest' in a new compatible back up hardware device.

Be VERY cautious when buying this product -- wish I had been moreso.........

2-0 out of 5 stars Requires Extra Cost CD Burning Software
To create a recovery disk, Retrospect creates a CD image file which must be burned to a CD using another program (the file contains the restore software and a snapshot of the backed up hard drive). When backing up a single large drive, this file easily exceeds the size of a single CD, preventing the use of XP's built in CD burner. The manual said absolutely nothing about this (weak and confusing documentation). Instead, I found the information hidden away in a text file on the Retrospect CD. Because the box and manual said nothing about having to purchase additional software (considering the price of Retrospect, one certainly wouldn't think so), I'm giving this program a low rating. Beyond this, Retrospect appears to be a great program. ... Read more


36. SecurErase 8: Permanently Erase Your Hard Drive
list price: $39.99
our price: $34.99
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Asin: B0002734ZE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vcom
Sales Rank: 852
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Features

  • Ensures data on hard drive is truly erased and unrecoverable
  • Provides a multi-pass drive/partition erase for total peace of mind
  • Erase the entire drive, or select a specific partition
  • Validates erasure success; no limits to drive size
  • Fast Custom and Government SecurErase options

37. Detto Move2Mac USB

our price: $39.99
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Asin: B000070ILX
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Detto Technologies, Inc
Sales Rank: 1057
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars This was a waste of money
I should have read the others reviews. This software does not handle multiple identities and multiple users for the same computer. My computer was a mess after using this software. NOT WORTH THE MONEY!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and time
Well I definitly would not recommend buying this product. It did not move anything I wanted it to and everything I didnt want it to. theres got to be a better solution for transfering files

2-0 out of 5 stars Works....partially
I bought this program chiefly because I had lots of MP3s that I wanted to move to my new iBook from my old PC.I was also glad to get my documents, pictures, etc on the new computer, but what I wanted most was to avoid re-downloading all that music.So of course, I got Move2Mac to move everything except my music.It did not appear to recognize that I had anything in my music folder on my PC, and therefore did not move the hundreds of MP3s.I tried everything I could think of--and spent a good few hours on it--and then gave up.Considering that they advertise that it moves everything including music files, I was pretty annoyed.I don't know whether others have had this problem; maybe I'm the only one.But if you mostly want to move music, there is probably a better and less expensive way!

2-0 out of 5 stars Works well the first time; one-use software
I used Move2Mac to migrate my Windows sytem to my new iMac. Everything worked as it should. However, this software is licensed for one-use only. Detto does not disclose this anywhere on the box (surprise). It will not allow you to install it twice. So, consider connecting Ethernet to Ethernet before buying this product. It is rather expensive considering you will only use it once.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Great!
I was concerned about how I was going to move my files from my PC to my new iMAC, especially without a CD burner on my PC.Move2Mac worked great, quickly moving the files I designated to my iMAC quickly and with only one minor problem.Just be sure to connect the included cable to the iMAC FIRST..then connect to PC...I had to go onto the Detto web site to find this out after much anxiety...worked great after that!I would highly recommend this product..expecially if that old PC you're replacing doesn't have a CD burner! ... Read more


38. Powerquest Drive Image 7
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00009V7I4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 667
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Save yourself hours of frustration when failures happen, by keeping your complete hard drive & operating system as one backup file
  • Restore with just a click and get your machine up & running within minutes
  • Schedule your own automatic backups or run them manually whenever you're at the computer
  • Create and restore a compressed image file of an entire hard disk or individual partitions of a hard drive with a click
  • Optimized Windows settings are restored automatically through SmartSector imaging

Reviews (34)

3-0 out of 5 stars Be Warned!!
When it's working, this is a wonderful product.

If you are using XP and backing up to a drive within your computer, then you should be fine.

If you are thinking to backup to another drive in a home network, then the documentation bares little resemblance to the reality. There are three sources of info: 1) The PDF manual on the install disk 2) The online 'knowledgebase' and 3)Help on the program itself.

There are several option you can only select or edit upon installation, so reading the documentation is important but still inadequate, with choices and boxes not referred to anywhere. Choose the wrong one, and you're back to square one.

In addition, unless you are *very* intimate with XP file sharing, groups and networks, you will be asked to pay support $29.95 for them to "teach you" Windows networking, and despite their assurances, there is no direct references to these in the Microsoft knowledgebase. This is very frustrating and Symantec buying Powerquest has left me to the whims of a "More than my job's worth" "Support Nazi" on the end of the support phone. Wouldn't even walk me through installation!
Very sad.

They should just charge another $20 for the product (it's worth it when working) and have done with it. I refuse to be nickeled and dimed to death.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please dont buy this garbage.
So you have lost some data due to hard drive failure or accidentally messing something up. That was me 10 months ago.
I started my "PowerQuest" for backup software. TahDah! Powerquest Drive Image 7, from a reputable online retailer. I read all the reviews and although hesitant plunked my $70 bucks down and got it. After reading all the info I could based on the amazon reviews here and the symantec support website, I proceded to install. All went well and I updated to the latest patch and made my first image. Great! Then I got the bright idea of trying out the backup. So I deleted a couple things and proceded to reboot to the backup cd set (cd-r spanning 5 disks.) All went fine and 25 min later I was rebooting, well I tried to reboot. Ended up wiping out what I set out to protect. After the 3hr rebuild process I decided not to try again. Symantec promises a 60 day satifaction guarentee so I asked for my money back following proper procedure as outlined on their support site. It's been 16 weeks and now support has forwarded my refund inquires to corporate (promised 48 hrs response time) its been a week and still no response to my refund inquiries. Glad I photocopied all materials I sent for the refund. Buyer beware.

1-0 out of 5 stars Powerquest is Dead
Powerquest was famous for creating excellent software. This changed when Symantec acquired them. Fanatical support is gone -- questions and bug reports go unanswered now. It used to be that you'd hear back from the developers when you found the software doing something unexpected; it was clear that they cared about their product. Now you get stonewalling PR people trying to convince you that you should blame HP, Microsoft, your drive manufacturer, anyone but them when you discover that the program is creating invalid backup files. I had to create a program to restructure the backup files myself in order to recover my data!

Sorry, guys. It was great while it lasted, but the 2002 version was the last solid version of this program. It's like you were having a brilliant conversation with Einstein, and just as it's getting good, someone replaces him with Carrot Top.

Now, I'd rather use the simplistic backup software that comes with Windows XP. It may be minimal, but at least it works!

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
I purchased DI 7 because of the accolades it supposedly received. I knew I was going to need it since I was going to be getting a new hard drive for my failing hard-drive in my Dell laptop. At first, I was impressed how easy it was to backup my C:/ drive from my laptop to an external firewire hard drive. I even tested the Recovery Environment as it suggested, and that seemed to work without a hitch.

Then the day came that I replaced my old hard drive with a new hard drive. I started out doing a bare metal recovery as it touts it can do effortlessly.... It didn't work. It gave me an error that my hard drive was not readable. So, I thought, I could just reinstall XP and then restore everything after I had the basic OS up and running. I tried it that way, and same result. Nothing.

I consider myself an advanced computer user.... I know how to partition, reformat drives, etc etc.... All I wanted was an application that would make my life easier as the software said it would. It turns out I wasted $69.00 on this usless software. I guess I'll keep looking for another drive imaging application, because Drive Image 7 isn't worth squat. Good luck.

1-0 out of 5 stars Software is a junk
Because of this software I have to rebuild my computer. Nothing works. Even the basic user interface changes size everytime I reopen this software.
I paid to get this headache. ... Read more


39. MICROMAT DiskStudio ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B0009AFFEW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Micromat
Sales Rank: 1323
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Features

  • Add new partitions to your hard drive, or delete partitions created previously by DiskStudio
  • Erase and reformat existing partitions in a number of standard formats - even an entire hard disk

40. Iolo Search & Recover 2 [Recover Deleted Files, Pictures, Music, Video, Emails]
list price: $39.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002IKHJ4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IOLO Technologies
Sales Rank: 1189
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Features

  • Recover files, folders, data from digital devices, and more
  • Powerful, easy-to-use interface; bonus data security tools
  • Advanced search and preview; view before recovering
  • Ultimate emergency backup with disk images
  • Works with all operating systems, devices, and formats

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