Personal Backup

© 2001 − 2021, Dr. J. Rathlev


Personal Backup is a program for saving personal data to any destination folder. This folder may be located on a local fixed or removable drive, on a Windows network server or on an FTP server. The 32-bit version runs under Windows 7, 8 and 10 (32- & 64-bit), Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, the 64-bit only under Windows 7, 8 and 10 (64-bit) and Windows Server 2008R2/2012/2016/2019.
The selection of the files to be backed up is made on a by-folder basis. All sub-folders are included automatically, but the user can exclude or include any subdirectories from or in the backup by selection or by filter. Additional criteria are selection by file type, file age and/or file name filter.
Within the destination folder, the original drives (C:, D:, etc.) appear as subdirectories named DrvC, DrvD, etc. The original directory structure remains unchanged beneath these folders. Optionally all data can be compressed and/or AES algorithm-encrypted.
You can create and save as a file as many backup tasks as you wish. Performing the backup can be done manually or automatically using a time schedule. The program offers several options for this: on logon, on logoff or at a fixed time of day on selected days of the week. Alternatively, it is easy to start a backup using Windows Task Scheduler for individual schedules. The configuration can be made using the program internal wizard.
In addition it is possible to call a one-click backup of a directory with all its files and subdirectories using the Windows Explorer context menu. The destination directory and the other settings (backup mode, compression, encryption, etc.) will be taken from a selectable task (the default task).
By default during the backup the program checks whether the file to be saved is newer than one already backed up. Only files with newer timestamps and, of course, files not yet have been backed up are saved. An alternate criteria is the archive bit of the files.
In addition there are functions to verify and restore backed-up data and to delete selected files and directories.
The program offers full Unicode support for desktop and file copying. This overcomes the ANSI (ISO-8859) filename limitations on copying files. Additionally, path-lengths may be longer than 260 characters.

Note: Personal Backup cannot be used to save and restore system files.

The functions in detail:

Additional tools in the program package


Many European languages are supported. Available in the current version are German, English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Hungarian. When starting the program for the first time, the language setting is retrieved automatically from the Windows system and selected if listed above. Otherwise English is used as language. The menu item Preferences ⇒ Languages lets you change this setting without any need for the program to be restarted. This setting is applied to subsequent program starts.

J. Rathlev, 24222 Schwentinental, Germany, February 2021