Iomega QuikSync 3

Unlike previous versions, which worked only with Iomega's drives, QuikSync 3 works with all types of drives from other manufacturers - even drives on other computers which can be accessed over a network.

I installed the program in about five minutes. Then I backed up several folders from my hard drive to my 100MB Zip drive. After that, each time I saved a file to one of those hard-drive folders, QuikSync 3 saved the file to my Zip, too.

The software's clean, simple control panel offers backup amenities aplenty. When you change a file, you can either overwrite the old file on the backup drive, or create a new one, which is a useful feature for tracking revisions of a document. You can specify the number of revisions to retain - if any - before the oldest is deleted in favour of the newest. You can select certain file types not to back up and schedule specific backup days and times. The software notified me when my backup Zip disk was nearly full, and it let me disable the intrusive backup progress bar, as well as the QuikSync icon.

While QuikSync 2 is still available for the Mac, at the time of writing the latest version was available only for computers running Windows. It's compatible with any version of Windows from 95 onwards, and requires only 20MB of hard drive space.

QuikSync 3 takes some of the hassle out of backups. While you can find freeware utilities with similar features, few could possibly be this simple to use. At $49.95 including GST, QuikSync 3 is a bargain - especially when compared to the high price of losing precious data.

Iomega QuikSync 3

Price: $49.95; Phone: 1800 466 342; URL:

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