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Poll is complete, and DSLR Software Forum members let us know about their favorite applications.
Disk Imaging was the favorite backup method for the vast majority (about 80%) of members. For the PC, the overwhelming winner was Acronis True Image with 43% of the overall votes. And, considering it was only a few weeks old, the clear winner in the Mac world was Time Machine with 5% of the total.
Other popular PC imaging applications included Ghost (9%),the various versions of Paragon Drive Backup (3%), and Drive Image XML (2%). Rounding out the PC field was Vista's Backup and Restore (2%), and Windows Home Server (1%). Mac users also liked Carbon Copy Cloner (4%), and SuperDuper! (2%).
File/Folder Backup software leans more toward individual file and/or folder backup and synchronization, and the distinction between imaging can become blurred. As hard drives become cheaper and imaging more mainstream, the file backup programs are less frequently used. The following applications were mentioned most often, in order of preference:
For the PC -
Windows Live Onecare
Windows NT Backup
For the Mac -
Other applications which received only a handful of votes (or none at all) may still warrant your investigation:
Genie Backup Manager
File Backup Watcher
Finally, about one in twenty users stated that they have no backup strategy (!)