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Backup4all Professional 3


Reviewed:

February 5th 2008






Introduction
Download and Installation
Using Backup4all Professional 3
Pricing and Support
Conclusion


Introduction

Whever you review a backup software, it's the norm to start with saying that backup is something you should always do unless you want to burn your fingers by losing all your precious data. Well, since you are reading a review for a backup software, you already know that (or have already burnt your fingers!) -- so let us discuss how Backup4all is different from the hundreds of other backup software.

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Download and Installation

Download the installer from their site, run the setup routine and follow the instructions.

This will create a new group in the Windows Start menu. Figure 1 shows you the Backup4all group.

Backup4all Menu
Figure 1: Backup4all Start Menu group

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Using Backup4all Professional 3

Follow these step to use Backup4all Professional :

  1. Go to your Windows Start menu and choose All Programs | Backup4all 3 | Backup4all 3 (see Figure 1 above).

  2. This opens the Backup4all interface, as shown in Figure 2.

    Backup4all interface

    Figure 2: Backup4all interface

  3. From the menu bar choose File | New Backup Wizard, which opens a dialog box of the same name (see Figure 3).

    New backup Wizard
    Figure 3: New backup Wizard

    Provide a name to the backup, choose a group and/or select from the predefined backup. Click Next to proceed.

    Note: If you type in the Group section a name of a group that's not defined, it will be created at the end of the wizard, so there's no need to create a group before the wizard starts.


  4. This brings up the second screen of the wizard as shown in Figure 4, here you can add folders or individual files for backup.

    Choose files/folder
    Figure 4: Choose files/folder

    When done, click Next to continue with the wizard.

  5. The third screen, as shown in Figure 5, allows you to choose destination for the backup, you can choose local drive, hard drive, USB or Flash drive, CD/DVD, LAN or an FTP to store your files.

    Destination for Backup
    Figure 5: Destination for Backup

    When done, click Finish to save these settings.

  6. Now click the Backup button as shown in Figure 6.

    Start Backup
    Figure 6: Start Backup

  7. This starts backup and saves the files and/or the folders in the selected destination.

Although I just provided a very basic walkthough, Backup4all does much more:

  • You can backup the same files to another folder, an external drive, network, CD/DVD, and FTP -- the added backups provide additional layers of security and assurance.

  • Most tasks are wizard based, and easy to understand even if you are a novice.

  • Backup4all uses standard ZIP compression if you opt to create a compressed backup -- this is great if you want to bypass Backup4all altogether while recovering a single file or folder.

  • I found this program so much more intuitive than the programs bundled with external hard drives.

  • Backup4all provides a Volume Shadow Copy option that enables you to backup files that are open - such as your Outlook / Outlook Express emails.

  • You can schedule your backups so that they happen when you are away from the computer(s).

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Pricing and Support

Backup4all Professional edition version 3 costs US$50 and the Standard edition costs US$40. There is one more edition Backup4 all Lite version 3 which costs US$19.95.

Support options include email support, knowledge base, phone support, and tutorials.

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Conclusion

Backup4all is an economical, simple-to-use, and comprehensive solution to do your backups. It allows you to perform all tasks through wizards, although advanced users will love the various extra options available.

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