It seems there are more discussions of late regarding protecting, restoring and recovering data from a failed drive. The drive could fail due to mechanical failure or it could fail due to infection. Failures & infections occur on the operating system drive because they are continually in use or they are the target of a malicious event. If your data is stored on a drive other than the operating system drive, your odds of experiencing loss are reduced significantly. Drives are cheap and nearly all desktops are already built to accommodate additional drives. For the price of that software that never works, you could have bought some drives to make a bullet proof backup. Suggestion for critical data: Store it on a drive that is not the operating system drive and not a partition on the same disc as the operating system. Buy two identical drives. Install them in a RAID 1 array and name them D:/. If you really want to be secure, buy a third one and rotate one of the drives so you always have one disconnected. You can even store the third one offsite. Many people keep one in a safe deposit box in a bank - they're cheap. Because your backup is not on a drive with an OS, you'll never have that problem accessing that data. You can access these drives from any computer anytime. Almost all software gives you the option to map the data storage to any drive you want; if you can't find it in the help files, call the vendor or manufacturer and they should be able to help you out.