Personal Backup

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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. Backups can be started either manually or automatically using a user defined time schedule. The program runs under all popular Windows versions.

To operate the program, a Control Panel (see screenshot at right) is provided. The panel presents a summary of all important information about the user-defined backups in a clearly-arranged form. Just a few clicks are required to change the configurations and start an action.

The Control Panel at a glance:

Supported languages: German, English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Hungarian and Russian

Short description of the program

Selection of the data to be backed up: 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.

Selection of the backup destination: You can select any folder located on a local fixed or removable drive, on a Windows network server or on an FTP server as destination. Within the destination folder, the original drives (C:, D:, etc.) appear optionally 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.

Backup tasks: You can create and save as a file as many backup tasks as you wish. Each backup task created in this way can be started manually or automatically using a time schedule. The program offers several options for this: at logon, logoff or a fixed time of day on selected days of the week. Alternatively, it is easy to start a backup using Windows Task Scheduler.
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).

Performing a backup: There are different ways to perform a backup. 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 backed up are saved. An alternative criterion is to use the archive bit of the files. Experienced users have the option to configure alternating backups consisting of one full and several differential or incremental backups.

Additional functions: In addition there are functions to verify and restore backed-up data and to delete selected files and directories.

Other features: The program offers full Unicode support for desktop and file copying. Additionally, path-lengths may be longer than 260 characters.
The program automatically checks for updates at periodic intervals and performs the optional download using a secure Internet connection.

Important note: The program is not suitable for backing up system data.

Release notes

Supported Windows versions

The 32-bit version of Personal Backup runs under:

* with limitations

The 64-bit version runs only under:

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Many thanks to Jim Scharfenberg Jones for proofreading my English