Everybody should have a regular and tested backup solution. Data loss can occur anytime and loosing those precious images and other memorabilia can be very hard.

This should be a small collection of software which I use or used to backup my data.

borg backup

Being a commandline tool it won't be for everyone. But it does it's job very good and some of it's key features are

  • space efficient storage (does not store full backups twice, when nothing has changed)
  • data encryption
  • compression
  • off-site backups (can transfer over ssh, nfs and many more)
  • backups can be mounted as filesystems (FUSE)
  • opensource

I use this for backup my server and my mac (user home) to an off-site location completely encrypted using 256bit AES encryption.

borg backup

Macrium Reflect Free

I used Macrium Reflect primarily for imaging of partitions or disks. It has been a reliable solution to do imaging on Microsoft Windows

Macrium Reflect Free

There is also a paid option which is very good and where you can create incremental or differential backups as well.

DriveImage XML

Another tool to create images of partitions or disks. It might be a less user friendly option than Macrium but does it's job very good.

DriveImage XML