Backup4all 9.1 Review and Giveaway

What if you woke up one day to find that you lost precious photos of dear ones? How about losing your business documents, research and other important data? The answer is simple: Backup.

Backing-up is a crucial process that everyone should do in order to have a fail-safe, for when the inevitable happens. The principle is to make copies of particular data in order to use those copies for restoring the information if a failure occurs (a data loss event due to deletion, corruption, theft, viruses, etc.)

You can perform the backup manually by copying the data to a different location or automatically using a backup program. Backup4all is a feature-rich backup software that automatically protects your valuable data from total or partial loss. Its intuitive interface makes it easy to use for beginners, but also includes advanced features for power users.

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With Backup4all you can easily backup to multiple destinations:

  • Local – back-up to local HDD or to DVD, CD, Blu-ray
  • External – back-up to external HDDs (USB/Firewire enclosures) or removable media (i.e. USB drives).
  • Network – back-up to network destinations
  • Remote – back-up to FTP, FTPS and SFTP
  • In the Cloud – back-up online to Google Drive & Cloud Storage, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Azure, BOX, Hidrive, Hubic and 37+ S3 Compatible cloud destinations.

Starting with version 9, you can also add backup sources from the cloud or FTP/SFTP servers. For example you’re now able to backup files from Dropbox onto Google Drive.

Homepage:

https://www.backup4all.com/

Download:

Download a trial version now and use it for free for up to 30 days.

Current version:

https://www.backup4all.com/download.html

Download Previous Versions:

https://www.backup4all.com/previous-versions.html

Backup4all can be used for up to 30 days for FREE, with all features enabled. During the 30 days trial period, you have all the functionality of the installed edition. After 30 days, the program will no longer work, unless you purchase a license and activate it.

Version:         

The latest version was first released in May 2021 and it is still being enhanced.  It is SUPPORTED on the following operating systems: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3, Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003 (32/64-bits).

Supported languages:

Backup4all has its interface translated in several languages. This helps you use Backup4all as efficiently as possible, especially if English is not your native language.

There is no need to download a language pack or add-on as all the languages are included in the setup. Once installed, you can easily switch the interface to a different language. Just open Backup4all, go to File, Options, General and select your language from the Language section.

Features:

In ALL versions:

FREE BACKUP PLUGINS

You can load plugins for backing up or restoring specific programs’ settings or other custom data (like game saves, email data, etc.).

SMART BACKUP TYPE

Backup4all employs a unique system that decides automatically what backup type to use in order to save the most file versions (within the same allotted storage space) on your destination and improve the backup speed.

STANDARD ZIP COMPRESSION

Backup4all creates standard ZIP files. This format is compatible with any zip utility currently available on the market. Unlike other backup programs, for zip files greater than 2 GB, Backup4all uses ZIP64 technology. This allows unlimited ZIP file size and also lets you encrypt your data using AES encryption (256-bits).

MESSAGES

Backup4all shows messages when certain actions occur (i.e. when finishing a backup).

FILE AND FOLDER FILTERS

Powerful file and folder filtering engine with lots of options to filter by attribute, size, date, name and type).

AUTOMATIC UPDATES

Backup4all can now check for updates either manually or automatically at a scheduled date. This allows you to better stay in touch with the latest development of Backup4all.

BACKUP & RESTORE WIZARDS

Backup4all includes a step-by-step wizard with instructions to create a new backup job by selecting Where, What, How and When to backup.

BACKUP CATALOG FILE

Backup4all stores a summary snapshot of the file and folder information into a backup catalog file (“.bkc”) each time a backup runs.

BACK-UP LOCKED OR OPEN FILES

Backup4all uses the Volume Shadow Copy service that allows you to back up local open files from NTFS partitions. Now you can back up your emails and settings without closing Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or other email clients.

COMMAND LINE

A command line version of this backup application is available too and it will allow you run different operations using parameters.

LOGS

The operations performed by Backup4all are logged. This allows you to see the status of performed operations (backup/test/cleanup/restore). A backup job/group History view is available too

TEST OPERATIONS

The application tests the backups (using CRC32). This ensures that the files have been backed up properly and the backup is safe.

Features in the Pro version only:

Cloud Backup:

Back-up your data in the cloud to Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, BOX, Hidrive, Hubic, Google Cloud Storage and over 36 Amazon S3 Compatible cloud destinations (i.e. Backblaze, Cisco, Tiscali, Verizon). This way you benefit from the most powerful infrastructures for protecting your data online, while using the backup program you’re used to.

TRUE INCREMENTALS

Backup4all can back-up using an incremental backup type. Incremental backup provides a faster method of backing up data than running full backups. During an incremental backup, only files changed since the most recent backup are included. Its advantage is that it takes the least time to complete.

BLOCK-LEVEL BACKUP

Block-level backup speeds up the backup process of large files as it only back-up the modified blocks of data instead of the entire file. As an example, if you have a backup job for a large Outlook profile, whenever you receive a new email Backup4all knows to back-up only the bits of data that modified rather than the whole PST.

MULTIPLE BACKUP TYPES

Backup4all offers four backup types to choose from: full backup, differential backup, incremental backup and mirror backup. By default it uses a smart backup option to automatically chose which backup type to execute for optimizing backup speed and keep the most file versions possible without exceeding the allotted storage space.

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

You can configure Backup4all to send custom emails after a backup finished, with success, error and warning notifications (via SMTP or Gmail). Additional options allow you to attach the backup log file and send the email to several addresses. Backup4all also displays notifications in the Messages section when certain actions occur (i.e. when finishing a backup).

BUILT-IN SCHEDULER

You can easily set up a powerful scheduler using predefined (or custom) scheduling configurations to make unattended backups. This way you set the backup and forget about it. Backups can also be scheduled to run when the computer shuts down. You can also schedule restore operations.

ENCRYPTION

You can protect your ZIP files by setting a password for each backup job. Besides normal password protection, Backup4all also supports 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit AES encryption. These numbers reflect the encryption key size used to encrypt the data – a higher key strength provides stronger encryption. Currently the 256-bit AES encryption is considered military-grade.

PROGRAM SECURITY

Backup4all offers an option to lock its interface so that when it starts you will need to provide a password in order to unlock it and be able to make changes to its settings. This way sensitive information is protected (i.e. server/email passwords).

MULTIPLE DESTINATIONS

You can store the backup Locally on the internal HDD, on another computer in the same LAN, on media such as CD/DVD, on external or removable drives and online to FTP/SFTP/Cloud

Types of backup supported by the program:

Backup4all performs all four backup types: full backup, differential backup, incremental backup and mirror backup. It also employs an unique type (smart backup) that will decide when to use full, differential or incremental automatically. It also backs up blocks of data (true incremental backups) which means that for large files it will only back-up the small parts that changed in it since the last backup.

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Smart Backup

Smart backup is the default backup type. When executed, Backup4all will decide which backup type should be performed: full, differential or incremental. It will also decide whether to merge or delete older backup versions, all in order to efficiently use the destination free space and accommodate other user options.
It will try to keep as many backup versions as possible in the available destination space.

Full Backup

The Full Backup creates an archive out of all the folders and files that were selected to be backed up. Because the Full Backup stores all files and folders, backing up frequently will allow faster and simpler restore operations. When you choose other backup types, restore jobs may take longer.

Differential Backup

A Differential Backup contains all the files that have been added or changed since the last Full Backup. The advantage of the Differential Backup is that it has a shorter backup time. However, if  you perform the differential backup too many times, eventually the size of a backup archive might grow to be larger than the reference Full Backup archive.

Incremental Backup

An Incremental Backup stores all the files that have been added or changed since the last full, differential or incremental backup. Since this method doesn’t back up the same exact files multiple times, an Incremental Backup takes the least time to complete. However, during a restore operation, each Incremental Backup must be processed, which could result in a lengthy restore job.

Mirror Backup

A Mirror Backup is identical to a Full Backup, with the exception that the files are not compressed into a single zip file. A Mirror Backup is most frequently used to create an exact copy of the backup data. It has the benefit that the backup files can be readily accessed using tools like File Explorer.
Using the Mirror Backup type, you can also choose to archive each individual file, preserving the folder structure, which also allows you to use the zip compression and encryption features.

Block backup

You can use block backup option to copy only the modified parts of the source files. This is useful for large files (such as .PST or database files), as only the modified part of the file will be backed up  instead of the entire file. You can use an automatic block size or you can set the block size manually.

How can you save your storage space?

In Backup4all you have two options for saving storage space. To reduce the overall backup size, you can either limit the number of file versions to be stored or limit the number of backups. When you limit the number of backups, you can merge backups in order to avoid exceeding the set limit. These options can only be used for Full, Differential, and Incremental backup types.

Backup4all will not interfere with any other backup software, because it does not need to read or  change the archive flags, instead it uses the catalog file to decide which files have to be backed up and which do not.

Compare editions of Backup4all:

There are 4 editions for Backup4all: Professional, Standard, Lite and Portable. Backup4all Professional is the fully featured edition, while Standard and Lite have fewer features enabled. Backup4all Portable is a portable version of Backup4all that can be installed ONLY on USB flash drives.

https://www.backup4all.com/compare-editions.html

Purchase and Activation:

You can purchase a new license or upgrade from previous version

New License:

https://www.backup4all.com/buy-now.html

Upgrade License:

https://www.backup4all.com/upgrade.html

Backup plugins:

There are currently over 100 free backup plugins that you can load in Backup4all and easily back-up specific apps and data sets. These plugins are free and can be used only in Backup4all.

You can create your own backup plugins by downloading the Plugin Creator.

https://www.backup4all.com/backup-plugins.html

Automatic backup for Outlook

The program supports easy automatic backup of your Outlook. The process is very easy, simply you just have to define a backup job where you define various settings (such as where to keep the back-up, when to run the back-up, what type of backup to use) and that’s it, Outlook will be backed up regularly (if you choose to schedule it).

FAQs:

https://www.backup4all.com/faq.html

Knowledge base:

https://www.backup4all.com/knowledge-base.html

Final Words:

Backup4all is a backup software that will help you to easily backup and restore your data and information. The program is easy to use and doesnot need experience. You can store your data in many locations;local, external storage, network and online. You will never lose any data again. The program has smart backup feature that automatically select the best backup type for you. There is also a built-in scheduler that automate the whole process for you

The program has 30 days free trial, why not to download and try it yourself!

I would like to thank the Backup4all team for sponsoring this giveaway for the Promo2day Anniversary Celebration.

Giveaway Details:

Number of licenses: 10

Value of each license: $59.99 USD 

Giveaway ends: August 31, 2021

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