LIUtilities’s WinBackup is a backup program for Windows 98/NT/ME/2000 and XP. Despite it’s low cost ($50 boxed, $30 for a downloadable version) and small size (under 2 Mb) WinBackup has a ton of features including built in CD/DVD burning support and 256-bit encryption.
WinBackup is easy to use, it has a Windows-Explorer style interface that allows you to navigate your computer and select the files you want to back up. Once you select the files you want to backup just press the ‘Run Backup’ button and your done! It also has a wizard that is great for first time users. WinBackup has a built in search feature, which allows to quickly locate files you may want to backup.
Restoring your archives is equally as easy. Just double click the archive and WinBackup launches. From there you can select what files you want to restore. You can also tell it to restore files to an alternate location if you don’t want to replace your existing file.
WinBackup can backup to a large array of devices, including CD-RW drives, DVD writers, removable disks and USB drives – basically any storage device. WinBackup can split your backup into smaller files so it’s easy to span onto multiple disks, CDs, or whatever media you choose to use. Unfortunately, it does not backup directly to an FTP server. I’d like to see this feature in a future version, but not having it isn’t a huge loss.
Not only does WinBackup compress your archives, but it also password protects them and can encrypts them with 128 or 256 bit AES encryption. The compression is decent, but not quite as good as I would like. It compresses better than the backup software that comes bundled with Windows but not as good as WinRAR.
Scheduling in WinBackup is simple. You can have it backup daily, monthly, or anywhere in between. I have two main backup jobs, one for all my important files and one for my user data, configuration settings and saved game files. I have the main backup burn to a CD every month and I backup up my config files and saved game files to a USB pen drive every Friday.
On my WindowsXP Pro system WinBackup was very stable and fairly fast. I’ve run about twenty or so backups and it hasn’t frozen or crashed. Before WinBackup burns your backup to a CD (DVD, or whatever you choose to use) it copies the files to a temp folder on your hard drive and compresses them. I have three hard drives in my system, so in my case it has to copy files from all three hard drives. WinBackup was pretty fast, at copying, compressing, and burning. The speed is comparable to the Windows backup program.
Overall, WinBackup is an excellent product. It works great, it’s inexpensive, easy to use and can encrypt your files. To be completely honest, I can’t think of much that’s wrong with it. The only thing that comes to mind is the compression and the lack of FTP support, but those are not big issues. I give WinBackup a 10 out of 10.
but how can anyone claim “Backup Program” when it doesn’t even support tapes? It’s not like DAT and DLT is that ancient, is it?
Does it just backup files u tell it to? or are there some presets for the average person who doesn’t know what or exactly how much they want to backup?
where did the icon for stories like this come from. When ever i see it i think GOBE or BeOS or something. It’s driving me nuts.
No, this is the icon we use for this:
office suite news, productivity, book review, generic review.
So, it fits.
LIUtilities has another product, WinTasks. At first, WinTasks looks really good too. And then you find it has all sorts of page faults and is basically causing your system to run more slowly. And it seems to cause other apps to crash. I bought this program (WinTasks Pro), used it for a while, and now it simply sits somewhere on my drive spinning around — spinware.
Also, the reviewer didn’t seem to test what backup is really for — and that is to RESTORE your system. It’s nice to make backups, but it’s just a waste of time, money, energy, and expectations if the restore doesn’t work well.
You make backups to restore your data? What a novel idea!
Most of the people that I finally convince to make backups, won’t take my advice and backup to floppy disk. You can guarantee that they won’t restore!
Well, in most cases, a full system ‘restore’ isn’t really necessary, or shouldn’t be to restore any critical data files.
The trick is (speaking from a Windows standpoint), when you install the OS, split your drive into two partitions – one for the OS and programs, and the other for data.
Once you have Windows installed, you can use TweakUI to put your Internet Explorer favorites, My Documents, and Desktop folders on the data partition. (And if you don’t use IE, you can put your Mozilla/Phoenix bookmarks there too – I assume you can do the same with Opera). So basically, in WinXP, instead of your favorites folder being in C:Documents and Settings<username>Favorites (or whatever), it would be in D:DataFavorites. Not only is this easier to get to, but it’s also much easier to back up.
As far as individual program data files go, save those to your data partition too, as there’s not many programs out there that don’t have this option. For example, if you use Kazaa(Lite), change your Media folder to point to D:DataMP3.
You could even go a step further and store certain program folders (such as Acrobat, Winamp, Winrar, Phoenix, etc) that can run without having to be installed on your data partition. That way, if your OS ever needs a clean install, you’ll have instant access to all those programs from your data partition. (And if you wanted to go even further than that, you can use a program called Dependency Walker to make many programs that must be installed work without being installed, but even I don’t go that far.)
Then, when it’s time to back up, all you have to do is copy the files from your data partition somewhere else – a program like WinBackup would be perfect for such tasks.
About the only thing you would lose if your OS partition crashes is program settings (which are usually stored in the registry), but what I have found is that if I use a total system restore solution (such as Ghost), unless I want to back up once a week and have many multi-gig images lying around, by the time I get around to restoring, most of the programs on my system were out of date anyway. (Speaking of images, how the hell are you supposed to back up a 10-15GB partition to CD? It’s just not practical.)
I wonder if there is a program like this available on Linux, that supports backup media other than tape?
It looks like the OSNews is stripping out backslashes from comments, so obviously my paths above aren’t looking right – just insert a backslash where appropriate
i believe the icon used is the old icon from kword…:b
Yes, it is. So?
odd, i think it’s from something but that something is something i never used. I have no problem with it, I was just curious.
The original question was asking where the icon comes from, not why it was used. Karl answered that question.
I’m a little confused at the 10/10 if it wont backup to tape or ftp. Designed to be cheap and cheerful i guess…
I actually user acronis trueimage. All Windows filesystems and ext2,ext3, and reiserfs.
I didn’t find the answer to this on the site’s FAQ or white papers. Thought maybe somebody with the app might know.
Is the encryption done in some type of known format, or is it in a LIUtilities proprietary format? If these guys disappear, am I going to have CDs/DVDs of inaccessible data (assuming I can’t run the program on whatever the latest version of windows will be)?
Hmmm. Nah. If you can’t do tape, it’s not doing business with me. Nice to think that, despite every modern user’s obviously unjustified dislike of tape, my old external Iomega 5gb (10 w/ compression) can still be used in traditional fashion if I give it a chance. Is tape really so terrible? It’s unfortunate that when I got it, the only reason it wasn’t used much is because the software was proprietary.
As some people have commented the idea of backing up every single byte of data seems a bit overkill, but what is so good about tape drives these days. About the biggest selling point that I have ever heard is that they could hold several GB’s on one tape, but you can hold several GB’s on a DVD as well. As the price comes down on the drives and the media it may be just as cost effective to use DVD sometime in the near future.
I agree, for home users the idea of using tapes is sort of overkill unless you want to backup every single thing on your hard drive to a 40 GB tape.
For most users, it’s eaiser and more cost effictive to backup to CDs or DVDs. DVD burners are still expensive, but the prices have been droping. And blank DVD-Rs cost less than a dollar on the internet.
Can windows xp read tape drives like a hard drive or any other form of removeable storange? Or do you have to use special software? If windows recongizes it and can write to it without having to use special software than you can backup to it using winbackup.