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HP adds backup option for desktops

The company will install Altiris software on its corporate PCs that automatically and periodically saves "snapshots" of files, software and configuration information.

Hewlett-Packard said this week it will begin installing Altiris backup tools on the PCs it sells to corporate customers. The software from Altiris automatically and periodically saves "snapshots" of files, software and configuration information. This data will be stored on an otherwise unavailable part of a hard drive. With the software, administrators can make a machine revert back to an earlier state in the event of a problem. Customers also will be able to download the Altiris Local Recovery software for free, the companies said.

IBM sells similar backup software for its and other companies' PCs, while Dell lets users download the Altiris Local Recovery software, Altiris said. HP has invested in Altiris and holds 400,000 shares, according to a March regulatory filing.