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Should I remove Dell DataSafe Local Backup?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,020
United States Rank #545
Reach 0.6762%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.02 days
531.65 days >
Average installed length: 279.34 days


9.4.67 50.47%
9.4.64 1.18% 0.74%
9.4.61 21.09%
9.4.60 20.05%
9.4.57 4.27%
9.4.55 2.21%

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Dell DataSafe Local Backup

What is Dell DataSafe Local Backup?  (from Dell)

Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 is a backup application installed on Dell Inspiron, Studio and XPS computers as of April 22, 2009.
Unlike previous versions of Dell's system protection software, Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 is able to restore a Dell computer to the original factory-installed configuration without...  Read more


Dell DataSafe Local Backup is a software program developed by Dell. The most common release is 9.4.67, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named datasafe.exe. The setup package generally installs about 85 files and is usually about 226.27 MB (237,264,755 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 75% of users of Dell DataSafe Local Backup come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Pre-installed software such as this is usually included by default on the manufacturer's PC. Many OEM (original equipment manufacture) software that is included with a new PC is useful and in many cases required for the PC to function properly as in the case of various software drivers. However, some pre-installed software is optional and can be safely removed.
Some users and experts alike have reported that this program is considered bloatware or bundleware. Such software is optional and can be safely removed if you do not utilize the features of the progam.
Dell had been criticized for pre-installing a number of trialware and other bundleware with its desktop and laptops, but after strong customer feedback agreed to offer limited pre-installed software on its machines.
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Dell PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?docid=266281
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Local Backup
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{0ED7EE95-6A97-47AA-AD73-152C08A15B04}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 226.27 MB
Language: Dutch

Program filesFiles installed by Dell DataSafe Local Backup

Program executable:datasafe.exe
Name:Dell DataSafe
Dell DataSafe Local Backup
Path:C:\Program Files\dell datasafe local backup\datasafe.exe
Additional files:
  • Interop.COMSFTArchiverLib.dll - Assembly importé à partir de la bibliothèque de types 'COMSFTArchiverLib'.
  • Interop.SftVssLib.dll - Assembly importé à partir de la bibliothèque de types 'SftVssLib'.
  • Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'IWshRuntimeLibrary'.
  • Interop.SftServiceLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'SftServiceLib'.
  • Interop.STAutorunLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'STAutorunLib'.
  • MiddleLayerCLRLib.dll (by SoftThinks SAS) - Bibliothèque de liens dynamiques MiddleLayerCLRLib (MiddleLayerCLRLib)
  • Interop.WMPLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WMPLib'.
  • SDSCompLZO.dll (by SoftThinks SAS) - Mini LZO compression library for SDSComp
  • DSLCheck.exe (by SoftThinks) - Dell Installation Environment detection
  • SetMUILanguage.exe (by SoftThinks) - SoftThinks MUI language setting module
  • PSTVdsDisk.dll - PSTVdsDisk Dynamic Link Library
  • RPCatalog.exe - Recovery Partition Catalog File
  • HLink.exe - HLink.exe - Hardlinks manager (Base image hardlinks manager)
  • RPSetup.exe - Recovery Partition management (Recovery Partition creation)
  • PSTImage.dll - PSTImage - Image Management
  • RPLauncher.exe - RpSetupLauncherLauncher.exe (SoftThinks)
  • DsProtectionIndex.dll (by SoftThinks - Dell) - Dell DataSafe Local Backup (DsProtectionIndex)
  • DsUpdEula.exe (by SoftThinks - Dell) - DataSafe Update Launcher (DataSafe Update Eula Checker)
  • SftService.exe - SoftThinks Agent Service
  • CSTHistory.dll - SoftThinks CSTHistory (CSTHistory 32 bits)
  • InstallRE.exe - InstallRE Application
  • PlugInImpl.exe - Application PlugInIm
  • RMCWinPeCreator.exe - RMCWinPe Application
  • SFTCmdArchiver.exe (by Softthinks) - SFTCmdAr Application (SFTCmdLineArchiver)
  • CSTError.dll (by SOFTTHINKS) - SOFTTHINKS CSTError (CSTError)
  • CSTError64.dll (by SOFTTHINKS)
  • RecDev.dll (by Engelmann Media GmbH) - RecDev Application (CD/DVD Recording Engine)
  • SDSSmartRepairTools.dll - Smart Repair Tools
  • DataSafeResources.dll - DataSafeResources
  • primosdk.DLL (by Sonic Solutions) - Prassi PrimoSDK (Primo Software Development Kit)
  • RPLaunch.exe - RPSetupLauncher
  • COMSFTArchiver.dll - Dell Datasafe (Archiver)
  • libxml2.dll - LibXML Parser
  • DataSafeHelp.dll - DataSafeHelp
  • SftBRCCPiped.dll - SftBRCCPiped
  • DsLauncher.exe - DsLauncher
  • SftBRCC.dll - SftBRCC
  • hstart.exe - hstart (Hidden Start)
  • AxInterop.WMPLib.dll
  • QTtool Lite.exe - SoftThinks QTtool Lite

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • DsLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EDBAF1BE-5FDA-4F68-9FA9-81F56F925922}' (runs on registration).
  • DataSafe.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{780BC4C0-F22B-4E6E-87D1-DDAD67C750A1}' (runs on registration).
  • SetMUILanguage.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{273563EE-6A18-494E-A0D3-CE027AE89040}' (runs on registration).
  • SftService.exe runs as a service named 'SoftThinks Agent Service' (SftService) "SoftThinks Agent Service".
Startup File (All Users Run Once)
  • RPSetup.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RPSetup_Reg_edsf' which loads as C:\Program Files\Dell DataSafe Local Backup\RPSetup.exe /edsf.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.21 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000173225%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001304%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000428%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:7,033
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:3 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:19 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Dell DataSafe Local Backup?

You can uninstall Dell DataSafe Local Backup from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Dell DataSafe Local Backup, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Dell DataSafe Local Backup.

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 90.15%
Windows 10 9.54%
Windows XP 0.24%
Windows Vista 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 72.00%
Windows 7 Professional 11.95%
Windows 10 Home 6.83%
Windows 7 Home Basic 4.05%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.01%
Windows 10 Pro 1.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.32% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 75.32%
  United Kingdom 3.62%
  Canada 3.02%
  Brazil 2.67%
  Germany 1.46%
  France 1.32%
  India 1.30%
  Australia 1.26%
  Mexico 0.65%
  Japan 0.60%
  Israel 0.59%
  Netherlands 0.58%
  Poland 0.48%
  Sweden 0.40%

About Dell

Dell manufactures, sells and supports computers and related products and services.
Publisher URL: www.dell.com

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chrisover a year ago
I uninstalled this program on both my computers windows 7 and 8. I also removed the factory image and all other unnecessary partitions especially the one's on the 8. The installation disks are the only way to go for me, I have 2 for each computer. On windows 7 you can utilize the mirror image feature on 8 you have refresh/reset feature. Dell local backup just takes up space. A better alternative for dell would be to include the installation disc with every computer. Loading up and partitioning the disc should be the owner/user's choice.