Data Handling

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A selection of useful utilities for handling data between machines for backup or transport purposes, manually or when a device is connected. Plus formatting and recovery software.


Data Transfer

Carbonite is an affordable off-site back-up solution that runs automatically in the background. It detects any changes to flagged files/folders and updates the encrypted back-up version on the remote servers. Recovery of data is similarly easy to manage. Runs on PC & MAC platforms

Disc Drive Tune Up V.3 is a disk drive utility that provides integrated use of the Universal Disk Format (UDF) for cross platform disk interchange for all types of block addressable storage devices.

Second Copy makes a backup of your data files to another directory, disk or computer across the network. It then monitors the source files and keeps the backup updated with new or changed files. It runs in the background with no user interaction. So, once it is set up you always have a backup of your data somewhere else. Can run as a service under NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

SmartSync Pro is a universal full-featured solution to back up and synchronize data to the local drive, external Flash/USB/ZIP drive, CD/DVD, NAS, network volumes or even remote computer. Can run as a service under NT4/2000/XP.

SyncToy Microsoft SyncToy helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers quickly and easily. Free but XP/Vista only.

ViceVersa Lets you synchronize files, replicate folders, perform backups and do file and folder comparison. ViceVersa works between computers, e.g. Laptop, Desktop, Workstation, Server, over network LAN, WAN, VPN, USB, and with any type of storage media including external Hard Disk, Zip disk, USB flash drive, CD-RW, DVD, NAS Network Attached Storage.

Disc & Memory Card Utilities

CardRecovery Can effectively recover lost, deleted, corrupted or formatted photos and video files from various memory cards. It supports almost all memory card types including Secure Digital Card, Compact Flash Card, xD Picture Card, Memory Stick, SmartMedia Card, MicroDrive, MMC (MultiMediaCard), MicroSD, MiniSD etc. Free trail available that only allows you to preview recovered files, registration allows recovery and costs £19.95 (Nov '07).

RescuePRO from SanDisk There are two versions RescuePRO (US$40.00) and RescuePRO Delux (US$60.00) (Sep '08, single machine licence). RescuePRO Delux is available for Windows (including Vista), MAC and Linux and can deal with cards up to 16 GB in size.

To purchase and download RescuePRO software visit the following relevant link (it may be benefical to read the above SanDisk link first). RescuePRO Delux or RescuePRO

FAT 32 Formatter Windows XP can handle partitions up to 2 TBytes in size but the supplied tools will only allow a maximum partition size of 32 GBytes to be formatted. This is tiny command line utilty that will format discs to their full capacity.

PC INSPECTOR smart recovery is a data recovery program for Flash Card, Smart Media, SONY Memory Stick, IBM Micro Drive, Multimedia Card, Secure Digital Card, etc.

If you have unintentionally deleted or formatted pictures, videos or sound files on your data carrier or have pulled it out during a write operation, no matter this program can reconstruct the lost data. Runs on all Win 9x, ME, NT 4.0, XP and Windows 2000 systems.


Carbonite - off-site data backup. See PC entry above for full details.

SilverKeeper is a freeware application from LaCie that automates backups to external storage devices like hard drives, and other removable storage devices that have IDE, ATA/ATAPI, SCSI, USB, or FireWire interfaces. Essentially any read/write device that can mount a writeable volume on the Macintosh Desktop can be used with SilverKeeper.

RescuePRO from SanDisk see the entry above for purchase and download links.