Personal Backup

For a long time we have been searching for a good replacement of Cobian Backup, as development seems to be stopped. We think we found an excellent replacement in Personal Backup. We have been testing it for a few months and now we are convinced. The previous line indicates that it was not easy, but that’s because the program has a lot of options and possibilities. This was because the interface is not very clear and sometimes a bit messy. That could certainly be better. But there is continuously development by the author Dr. J. Rathlev. Version 5.7 is in use and 5.8 is in beta. One can set and store in an unlimited number of backup jobs. This takes place through a tree-like structure in which folders, subfolders, etc. can be switched on or off. It is possible to filter. Folders can be set as a target, but it can also be an FTP server. Backups can be zipped, and optionally also be encrypted with an AES algorithm. Full, differential and incremental backups are possible. You can manually start the backup, but there are also a number of other options, and this is our favorite is after the first logout on a day. Furthermore, there may be set up all kind of backup schedules. Opportunities abound.

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SyncBack Freeware

SyncBack Freeware is a free version of SyncBackSE, a known commercial shareware program used for backup, recovery, and synchronizing files and folders on a local disk, network drive, FTP server, ZIP archive, or removable media. If you’re working on your computer, there are times to feel save to have a backup. Maybe you accidentally deleted a file or must return to a previous version of your work. You want work on your laptop to be synchronized with the work on your desktop or you want a backup using FTP. SyncBack Freeware is the program to help you with all these tasks and more.

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Cobian Backup

Cobian Backup is a multi-threaded program to be used to back up your folders and files to other directories / drives on the same computer or other computer in your network. FTP backup is also supported in both directions (download and upload). The program consists of two different modules: the application and a service. The program is running in the background, uses very little memory and checks your backup tasks and performs them if necessary. Cobian Backup is not an usual backup application: it only copies your files and folders in original or compressed mode to other destination, the result is a back up. A “Scheduler for security copies” is a better description for the program. Cobian Backup supports different methods of compression and strong encryption. Meanwhile, version 11 is released. Perhaps this is the last version of a good backup program, because it’s very quiet on the site for a long time and the development seems to stand still.

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FBackup has a simple interface and guides you through the process of defining a backup job using a friendly wizard that asks you: •  Where do you want to store the backup (the destination). •  What do you want to backup (the sources). •  How do you want to run the backup (using full backup that zips the files, or mirror backup that doesn’t zip them). •  When do you want to run the backup (you can schedule it to run automatically or run it manually). Once a backup job is defined, you can run it manually by pressing the Backup button (or F6), or if you add a scheduler it will run automatically. FBackup can easily back up sources from local drives (including USB connected drives) to destinations such as USB/Firewire connected devices or mapped network locations. It creates either standard zip files (when using “full backup”), or exact copies of the original sources without any compression (using “mirror backup”). The best thing about this freeware backup software is that it protects your data for free.

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If you are looking for a free synchronization program with unrestricted smartsync needs, then FreeFilesync is a great alternative. Actually, this is not a real backup program, but a synchronization tool like SyncToy. FreeFile Sync uses the Windows task scheduler to schedule synchronization, but also contains a so-called real sync feature, which enables synchronize to take place when an USB stick is connected. FreeFileSync has a myriad of options for syncing files between two folders and locations. The user interface is especially user friendly and makes it easy to quickly adjust your settings. Be carefull not to click the wrong downloadlink.

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