Free software that backs up your hard drive automatically will be built into three new PC ranges from Hewlett Packard scheduled for release later this summer.
Altiris Local Recovery, developed by software house Altiris, creates a separate partition on the hard drive and backs up settings and important files on a regular basis.
The software encrypts and compresses the stored files to keep space requirements low.
"Most software like this is for servers only. This is a local PC version," said Shaun Hobbs, HP's senior category manager for commercial desktops.
"It's free software and can be run on any HP PC less than 24 months old, which covers a lot of systems."
In August HP will launch the dc7100 high-end business PC and its dx6100, which is aimed at the small and medium business sector. In September it will release the dc5000 budget PC aimed at bigger business users.
The dc7100 is HP's first using Intel's new 915 chipset and comes in ultra-slim desktop, small desktop and mini-tower cases.
It is designed to be similar to low-end workstations in terms of performance, and carries the new 90nm Pentium 4 processor range. HP estimates the retail price at €789.
The dx6100 mini-tower PC is aimed at high-end small business users who want a measure of future proofing as well as access to the latest technologies.
In September the company will release the dc5000 PC, designed as a stable, no frills PC for the corporate market. It comes with Celeron or Pentium 4 processors and is designed for quick hardware upgrades and overhauls. The estimated street price is €729.
Altiris Local Recovery is available to download here.
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