Backing up data is a great way to minimise losses after a computing catastrophe. But what about restoring your actual system right away? Here are the five most popular options for our readers. Photo by Robert Scoble.
Macrium Reflect Free (Windows, Free)
DriveImageXML (Windows, Free)
Paragon Drive Backup Free (Windows, Free)
ImageX (Windows, Free)
Clonezilla (Windows/Mac/Linux, Free)
This week’s Hive Five gets two honorable mentions. Many of you use Windows Home Server and Apple’s Time Machine, based on the composition of your respective home networks, to take care of your backup and system restoration needs. Both are excellent solutions, but failed to meet the “free” criteria—yet both are still worth considering in future-proofing your system against disaster.