Safe, Simple and Reliable Data Protection

AlienRespawn is a flexible, automated backup and recovery application which is designed to reliably protect your most important digital documents and memories in just a few clicks.

Backing up your data with AlienRespawn can protect against data loss resulting from:

  • Virus attack 
  •  Accidental file deletion
  • OS/software corruption
  •  Hardware failure *

*If data is backed up to a secondary drive or the cloud

The AlienRespawn application comes in two versions, Basic and Premium. You can also purchase a Cloud Storage option along with the Basic or Premium versions that will allow you to back up online.

Download AlienRespawn

AlienRespawn Basic comes preloaded on new Dell Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices and offers the following features:

  • Create reinstall disks (rescue disks) for your device
  • Reset your device to the original factory state
  • Manually back up and restore your data

Respawn Home Screen

If your device did not come with AlienRespawn pre-installed, please see the Installation & System Requirements section on this page. Please see the Additional Support Resources section for help on using AlienRespawn.

Protect your data in 3 simple steps:

Choose "what" you want to back up
Back up your entire system or just a few files
Choose "where" to back up
Back up to your primary hard drive, a USB drive, on the cloud* or all of the above
Choose "when" to back up
Back up on your schedule or use the Continuous Data Protection** feature to protect your personal files as you create them

* Requires a Cloud Storage option
** Continuous Data Protection is not part of the basic version

Installation and System Requirements 

To install AlienRespawn

Please ensure your device meets the minimum system requirements.
Save all open files and close any open applications.
Download AlienRespawn and then run the Setup Program.
If you’re prompted to allow the program to make changes to your computer, click Yes.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
If asked, please allow your system to be restarted. After the system restarts, please allow the update to complete before using the application.
To open AlienRespawn, click Start, type "AlienRespawn" in the search box and then click the AlienRespawn icon

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Processor: 1GHz or faster
System Memory (RAM): 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: At least 16GB free or greater

System Backups

Backing up your personal data with AlienRespawn Basic is a good start toward protecting your valuable personal data. However, if your system is corrupted by a virus, system crash, or hardware failure, having a system backup can restore your entire system including applications, settings and personal data back to a previous point in time. If you’ve upgraded to AlienRespawn Premium you will be able to create system backups for the most complete data protection.

Continuous Data Protection

If you've upgraded to AlienRespawn Premium, you now have additional flexibility for scheduling your data backups or even protecting your most important data continuously. The Continuous Data Protection feature allows you to protect your working documents in real time and to roll back to any version you’ve previously saved, whether it was minutes or weeks ago.

Access to AlienRespawn during System Boot

If the Operating System cannot be accessed due to boot failure, you can still launch Dell Backup and Recovery.

For Windows 8/8.1:
Press F12 during boot (startup screen) and select “Dell Backup and Recovery” from the boot menu.


For Windows 7:

  • Press F8 during boot (startup screen)
  • Select “Repair Your Computer”
  • Select “Dell Backup and Recovery” from the Recovery Options Menu

Win7 DBaR

Additional Features

In addition to system backups and continuous data protection, AlienRespawn Premium enables the following features:

Manage and merge backups together without duplicating your files to save space
Back up and restore files based on their type: picture, video, email, document

Learn More about Premium and Cloud Features

Additional Support Resources

AlienRespawn, what is it and how to use it?