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Backup & Sync

In life, things happen. It’s the nature of the beast. Fires, floods, robbery, and other disasters that can rob you of data occur with some amount of regularity. This means that it’s critical to have a backup or contingency plan in order to pick up where you left off the best you can in case the worst case occurs. That’s where software focused on backing up and synchronizing your data comes in.

Software that focuses on backing up physical media, local hard drive data, and even critical messages and other forms of communication is the focus here, alongside services such as DropBox and OneDrive that focus on constantly syncing data between your devices and secure external servers that you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

  1. Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed.
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  2. Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. Google Drive incorporates the Google Docs suite, a collaborative office suite of productivity applications that offers: -...


  3. Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored.
  4. MEGA, the successor of MegaUpload , is a cloud storage and file hosting service produced by Mega Limited.
  5. GParted is a GTK+ frontend to GNU Parted and the official GNOME Partition Editor application. It is used for creating, deleting, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, and the file systems on them.
  6. FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files.
  7. Rescuezilla is a free, easy-to-use hard drive disk cloning and imaging application that boots as a live USB. Rescuezilla is fully interoperable with Clonezilla. This means that backups created by Clonezilla, can be restored with Rescuezilla (and vice versa).
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  8. OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) delivers a satisfactory online file storage and sharing solution in a free and easy to use service. It has a design that is both attractive and functional.
  9. Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption for your cloud. Protect your documents from unauthorized access. Cryptomator on the desktop is free and open source software, so you can rest assured there are no backdoors.
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  10. Duplicati is a backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on local storage, cloud storage services and remote file servers. The Duplicati project was inspired by Duplicity and had similar functionality until 2008.
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  11. Store your private pictures, documents, calendar and contacts on your ownCloud server at home, a rented VPS or use one of the public ownCloud providers.
  12. Resilio Sync allows you to automatically sync files between computers via secure, distributed technology (P2P bittorrent protocol). Fast, intelligent file transfers.
  13. Protect your data, upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file. Macrium Reflect supports backup to local, network and USB drives.
  14. rsync is a software application for Unix which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate.
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