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Jewish World Review April 16, 2001 / 23 Nissan, 5761

Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer

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Use your computer a lot? Listen up ...

http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- WHEN was the last time you backed up your hard drive? Be honest.

Let's face it, this has got to be one of the most tedious tasks ever foisted on computer users. And it doesn't matter whether you're saving your data to tape, compact disk or some other media. Your computer can be tied up for hours, especially when performing a complete backup.

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The one drawback is that the program will only back up to compact disks, which makes the process agonizingly slow, so be prepared to spend a few hours tied to your PC when backing up an entire hard drive or system. But, after that, weekly data backups only take a few minutes, because the program keeps track of previous tasks and will only back up new files or files that have been changed.

Among its features are:

- A step-by-step interface and wizard to guide new users through their first backup.

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- Auto speed control for write optimization.

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-You can append or overwrite or append CDRW disks.

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- Silent Restore boots from a recovery CD and then restores your data.

- You can schedule daily, weekly and monthly backups.

- You can exclude files by extension or by specific attributes.

- You can generate reports of all backup and restore activity.

- You can backup files from a remote location.

- You can backup files that are "in use," which means all of your data will be backed up.

So, if you don't want to go to the expense of a digital tape drive or other high-speed device, this does the job and does it well.

NTI also makes DriveImage Backup, which makes an "image" of your Hard drive on a CD or another hard drive, and CD-Maker 2000, which has all the features of professional CD creation software.

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