Roy Schestowitz <email@example.com> wrote in
> Can someone please tell me the benefits of Palm backup programs? Why
> not just make copies of the relevant data file? I must be missing
> something, or else people would not be _paying_ to have a failsafe.
There are many benefits. A good backup program does the backup
automatically, on a schedule, so you don't have to remember to make a
copy. It backs up everything, not just data files, including unsaved
preferences, etc. It does a restore quickly and automatically without
needing anything in RAM. I use BackupMan, and it does a backup every
morning before I wake up, keeps 2 previous backups, and deletes the
older ones without any intervention, and then turns the Palm back off.
When I am faced with a hard reset, I just do it, and then restore my
latest backup, and the whole thing takes perhaps a minute. There is no
way I would do all this manually every morning, and thus would be
eventually faced with a reset with no hope of a complete restore. Data
loss would be inevitable. I can't afford to lose data, so I spent a
huge $10 for something that prevents disaster.