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Backing up your data has never been more important.  Your entire digital life – photos, music, videos, and all of your hard work – can be gone in an instant, and without regular backups, that data might be gone forever.  Even I go too long backing up my data, so it’s important to remember that all it takes is a power surge, hardware failure, or your kid to pour a cup of water into your laptop to render it completely useless.

So now if you’re feeling a bit skittish about those important tax documents you haven’t backed up yet, I’ve got some good news for you: we’re giving away 50 copies of Paragon System Backup 2010 to MakeUseOf readers this week!


Paragon System Backup 2010 is a top-of-the-line data backup and restoration application for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.  Nobody wants to spend a lot of time configuring backups and tweaking settings, which is why System Backup 2010 can be used right out of the box to easily schedule backups of your entire operating system and personal files.

Using Paragon System Backup 2010

After you’ve installed Paragon System Backup 2010, a welcome screen will appear after you restart your computer so you can get started right away.  System Backup 2010 encourages you to backup your data to external storage (like a USB flash drive or an external hard drive) which keeps your data safe in the event that your computer is physically damaged.

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If you don’t have external storage, System Backup 2010 will calculate how much space you will need to perform your backups and make a recommendation for what size hard drive to purchase.

Paragon System Backup 2010 makes it very easy to set up scheduled, routine backups.  This is the best way to keep your data safe (since won’t have to worry about running backups yourself), but this application also gives you the ability to manage your backups manually if you prefer.

Taking a “snapshot” (a copy of your entire operating system and files at the time you initiated the backup) is incredibly easy.  Simply click Backup the entire hard drive or specific disks, name your backup (it would be wise to include the date), pick the storage location, and click Backup Now!  System Backup 2010 tells you exactly how much space the data will need before you start.

Now if you’re like me, you aren’t satisfied with the easy-to-use standard settings.  Clicking the Settings button from the Home screen of Paragon System Backup 2010 takes you to the part of the application where you can get your hands dirty.  You can create as many different backup profiles as you’d like (they are referred to as Strategies in this application).

I wanted a backup strategy that only looked at my documents, so I created a special filter with the document formats I wanted to preserve.

Paragon System Backup 2010 has many more features to help you keep your data safe and secure, including compression to save space and security to keep your data private.  In the event that something happens and your data is lost, you’ll rest easy knowing that this great application has you covered.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.


STEP 1
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STEP 2
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And that’s it! You’re done!

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, 9th July at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

[UPDATE] Here are the 50 lucky winners who will win a copy.

  1. Adam Ruggiero
  2. Aksahy
  3. Anne Wagner
  4. Anthony
  5. Antonio Kennedy
  6. Azhar Madia
  7. Bob James
  8. Bobby O’Hearn
  9. Brizika Bantawa Rai
  10. Chips Chapman
  11. Chris Ellison
  12. Dan Wickersham
  13. Daniel Ooi
  14. Daniel Perez
  15. Dave Knowles
  16. Faizan Munir
  17. Fauzan Azami
  18. Howell Lee
  19. Idris Kurtum
  20. Jack Douglas
  21. Jason Reid
  22. Joseph Michael Daryl
  23. Joseph Palmieri
  24. Kari King
  25. Kurt Pasewaldt
  26. Linu George
  27. Mariana Cristina Doleanu
  28. Maxim Bibikov
  29. Mehmet Onder
  30. Mike
  31. Mike Gray
  32. Mike Henderson
  33. Norine Forsyth
  34. Osama Javaid
  35. Pradeep
  36. Rachel Jenkins
  37. Robert Van Nortwick
  38. Shiraz Haque
  39. Shivakumar Narayanan
  40. Stacy Jones
  41. Stephen Yang
  42. Stian Helnes
  43. Thomas Bogan
  44. Tim Dahl
  45. Tommy Whalen
  46. Vera Mann
  47. Vic Limbo
  48. Vincent Akonor
  49. Wayne Smith
  50. Wilfredo S. Capule

Congratulations! More information regarding your prize has been sent to your email address. Please check your inbox and/or your spam folder if it hasn’t arrived.

MakeUseOf would like to thank the Paragon Software team for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. daren771
    July 10, 2010 at 4:32 am

    I like this giveaway..count me in.

  2. Swarup
    July 9, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Good giveaway
    Count me please

  3. Swarup
    July 9, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Good giveaway
    Count me please

  4. Mike McCabe
    July 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Count me in also and congratulations on another fine giveaway.

  5. Binoy xavier
    July 8, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Count me in. Thanks :)

  6. Paragon Software U.S
    July 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    MUO thanks for all of the support!

    • Binoy xavier
      July 8, 2010 at 5:05 am

      Thanks for giving away ;)

    • ænon1mus
      July 8, 2010 at 9:02 am

      It's our pleasure!

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