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Bundled Backup Programs for External Hard Disks

The Acronis-based backup programs provided by Seagate and Western Digital are part of disk management suites for internal hard disks. However, these and many other vendors provide a wide variety of backup programs bundled with some of their external drives.

Some external hard disk vendors offer two lines of drives:

  • Basic drives that use the USB 2.0 interface and lack backup software
  • More expensive drives that include backup software and might use faster interfaces such as USB 3.0 or eSATA.

You can also find backup programs bundled with DVD or Blu-ray burning programs such as Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD or Roxio Easy Media Creator 2011 Pro.

Table 2 provides a brief overview of the bundled backup programs included with external hard disks from major vendors as of mid-March 2011.

Table 2—Hard Disks with Bundled Backup Software and Features

Product (Vendor in Boldface)

Bundled Software

Disaster-Recovery Backup

File Backup

Notes

Buffalo Technology DriveStation series, MiniStation Series

Buffalo Backup Utility (link to PDF instruction manual)

No

Yes

DriveStation Duo HD-WLU3R1 also includes NovaBACKUP Business Essentials Backup software

Hitachi Life Studio (Mobile) Plus, Life Studio (Mobile), XL Desk, X Mobile, SimpleDrive Rev3

Hitachi Backup

No

Yes

Other current models are bundled with Fabrik Ultimate Backup; some drives include online backup

HP Pocket Media Drive, Personal Media Drive (portable); SimpleSave (portable and desktop)

HP SureStore

No

Yes

HP SureStore runs directly from the backup drive

Imation Apollo Expert, M100, UX (portable); Pro UX (desktop)

Arcsoft TotalMedia Backup

No

Yes


Imation Pro WX

Memeo Instant Backup

No

Yes

Wireless USB

Iomega Professional eSATA/USB 2.0, Prestige USB 2.0, Prestige USB 3.0 (desktop); Iomega Prestige series, eGo series (portable)

Iomega Protection Suite

Yes

Yes

Download Protection Suite from Iomega website

LaCie Minimus USB 3.0, Starck, Grand, Rugged XL, Quadra, Quadra MAX, Hard Disk, Hard Disk MAX, d2 (desktop); Rugged series, Starck Mobile USB 3.0, Rikiki series, Little Big Disk Quadra, Little Disk

Genie Backup Assistant

No

Yes

Paid upgrades available to Genie Backup Manager Home or Backup Manager Pro; some models also include 10GB Wuala online storage

Samsung S-series (portable); G2 series (portable); Story (desktop)

Samsung Auto Backup

No

Yes

Also includes SafetyKey encryption and real-time backup

Seagate FreeAgent Go external hard disk

Seagate Manager Backup

No

Yes

Can restore up to ten older versions of a file; also includes file sync software

Seagate GoFlex, GoFlex Pro series external hard disk

Memeo Instant Backup (GoFlex) or Instant Backup Premium (GoFlex Pro)

No

Yes

Instant Backup Premium also supports restore of older file versions and multiple backup destinations

Seagate GoFlex, GoFlex Pro with optional Auto Backup cable

GoFlex Auto backup cable

Yes

Yes

Includes USB 2.0 connection; supports up to six PCs

Toshiba Canvio Portable, Canvio 3.0

NTI Backup Now EZ

Yes

Yes

Follow link to download updates from Toshiba’s website.

Western Digital My Book Essential (USB 2.0, 3.0), My Book Elite; My Passport Essential, Essential SE, Elite

WD SmartWare

No

Yes

After initial backup, automatically backs up files when they are saved. Follow link to download updates from WD’s website.

Verbatim desktop hard disks, Acclaim, Wallet Drive, CLON, Titan XS series, Store ‘n’ Go USB 3.0 (portable)

Nero BackItUp and Burn Essentials

Yes

Yes

Paid upgrades available to full version of BackItUp and Burn

Table 3 provides a brief overview of the bundled backup programs included with media suites from major vendors as of mid-March 2011.

Table 3—Media Suites with Bundled Backup Software and Features

Product

Bundled Software

Disaster-Recovery Backup

File Backup

Notes

Nero Nero 10 Multimedia Suite, Multimedia Suite Platinum

Nero BackItUp & Burn

Yes

Yes

Also available as a separate application

Roxio Creator 2011 Pro

BackOnTrack 4

Yes*

Yes


Roxio Creator 2011

BackOnTrack 4 (limited version)

No

Yes

Upgrade to Creator 2011 Pro for full version of BackOnTrack 4

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