More Free Backup Software Recommendations & Reviews

Introduction

BackupThis is a companion article for the Best Free Hard Drive Backup Program. It serves as a location to review other backup programs that are not included in that list. (e.g. Advanced Backup Programs, Backup Programs with Unique Features, Reviews of Backup Software For or By Our Readers, etc.)

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General File Backup Programs

Areca Backup: A Free Delta Block Backup Program

Areca Backup is one of the few freeware backup programs that will do Delta Block Style backups. This means rather than just backing up an entire file every time it changes, it has the ability to backup just the part or parts of the file that has changed. This is especially useful for backing up very large files, but work just fine with small files as well. This style of backup is also known as a "block-level" backup. (Review)

 

DataSafe Backup - Average Backup Software with A Unique Twist

DataSafe Backup just a simple backup with an uncommon feature. It has the ability to create multiple hard links to individual files when creating successive mirror style backups. This is a very nice option when creating multiple full backups of the same set of files. Rather than having multiple copies of the same unchanged file in your backup, which wastes valuable space, a second hard link is created to the original file. Basically the file exists in all the backups, but only takes up disk space once. (Review)

 

Syncrify - Back Up Huge Files In Seconds (But Not the First Time!)

Syncrify is a client/server style backup that works over HTTP. Using the very well known and robust rsync protocol, Syncrify allows you to configure backup jobs right in your browser and then backup your computers over the internet or local network. Because of the implementation of rsync, Syncrify is able to do block level backups which makes it very efficient when working with large files. (Review)

 

GFI Backup Home Edition

GFI Backup Home Edition offers a good set of features and functionality, and overall is a good choice for both beginners and advanced users. Although the backup features are quite reliable, it has several serious bugs with its scheduler. If you require a backup software with a reliable scheduler, you may want to look elsewhere. However, it is possible, and quite easy in fact, to use GFI with Window's built in Task Scheduler. (Download)

 

Specialized Backup Programs

 

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by keelta on 31. August 2014 - 14:22  (118315)

I have been successfully using GFI Backup Free for a number of years.

However, it is no longer supported by GFI. GFI has redirected its operation towards the business market. The latest version "GFI Backup 4.1 Build 20120112 (ie 12Jan2012)" does not properly support Win 8. Backups are correctly produced except that VSS Shadow Copy does not work so it cannot backup files currently in use (eg .PST files in Outlook). Also the scheduling option does not work.

Hence I'm looking for a new product.

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