Examples of highly rated backup software include NovaBackup, ShadowProtect, Genie Backup Manager and Acronis Backup. These backup software options feature overall ratings of 7.75 or higher on TopTenReviews.com as of 2015. Of these four options, only Genie Backup Manager doesn’t feature an option to back up the entire hard drive or a tool that guides users through the backup process.
All four are compatible with storing backup data via cloud storage, and they’re capable of verifying the integrity of backed up content as part of the self-check process. They also include options to make the backup bootable, allowing users to create virtual images that help recover the operating system after it crashes. NovaBackup is the only backup software in the list that is capable of scanning the backed up data for malicious software. Of the four, ShadowProtect is the only one that doesn’t allow access to backed up files outside the software and doesn’t feature an option to filter out specific file types during the backup process.
The prices of these backup programs range from $29.95 to $99.95, as of 2015. The least expensive option, NovaBackup, is also the highest-rated software. TopTenReviews.com praises it for its capability to perform a differential backup task, allowing it to automatically update only those files that a user has updated since the last backup. The downside of NovaBackup is that its free cloud storage option is limited to 2 gigabytes.