I had promised this review to the guys who created Oops!Backup ages ago, however I never actually got around to write the review. (Sorry for the delay guys!) So now I finally have some time to write my views about Altaro’s Oops!Backup.
I use this software extensively and it’s my primary solution to take care of my backups. I highly recommend this software for anyone that is looking for hassle and maintenance free backup.
Since the alpha and beta builds, this software has been incredibly stable and bug free. I was one of the many testers that were trying out the software and checking for bugs and improvements. From day one the software was very close to a final solid product. Needless to say I was very glad to be testing such a good product and that it didn’t mess up my system.
The stability of the software is reflected in the full final version of the software. So far I haven’t experienced any crashes or unresponsiveness and the memory footprint is relatively low, so it doesn’t interfere with your computer’s operation.
This innovative backup solution offers several innovative features that include:
BackInTime – This is one of the major software selling points. BackInTime allows you to go back and browse the data in your backups in different periods of time.
Silent File Versioning – This feature works in conjunction with the 1st feature. Oops!Backup runs in the background and monitors all file changes. Once a change/modification is detected it will back up the file for you in your pre-set location.
ReverseDelta – is an incredible time saver as you only have to create a full back up the first time you run the software. All the following backups after that will just be the new changes applied to your files. This will dramatically reduce the time taken to do your backups.
Plug & Protect – This feature will automatically back up any changed or new files to an external drive when it is plugged into the computer.
Software installation is simple, just like any other windows program, and the download is only around 13MB so download on a broadband connection will take just a few seconds. Once the program has finished installing, you will be presented with the Setup Wizard that guides you to configure your backup (as in what to back up, when and where).
Once the setup wizard is complete, the software will run its first (and last) full backup. Make sure you have plenty of free time when running your first backup, especially if you are backing up a lot of data. This is due to the fact that while backing up the computer performance is affected due to the hard disk reading and writing in the background. It’s probably recommended that you leave your computer alone for a while until the backup is complete.
The good thing about this software is that you only need to set it up once, and you don’t have to think about your backups any more. The software will scan your monitored files for changes and save any changes to your preferred backup location (External HDD, Internal HDD, network location, USB flash storage etc…). You can also set the frequency of when the backups are saved (say every 30 mins, or 1 hr, once a day, once a week etc…)
I found the Go BackInTime and Restore browser to be extremely handy. You can view the actual state and contents of your files and folders over time so that you can see what has changed and when it was changed so you can decide exactly what you want to restore. This is very handy particularly in a file corruption scenario or when a user saves changes to a file (example accidentally deleteting some data from a spreadsheet or document) and a previous version has to be restored.
I found out that the software does not seem to have the ability to back up to multiple locations. This means that if one wants to be ultra safe and backup your files onto 2 different locations, this doesnt seem to be yet possible. A second point for improvement would also be that once a backup has started, there was no way for me to easily postpone the backup process to a later time. This could be quite annoying if the backup process started right when you are working on some CPU intensive application.
Being designed as a totally automated backup software, Oops!Backup manages to perform what it promises really well. There is no user input required for performing backups, so you can easily set this up on your relatives’ computers so they won’t have to think about their backups (and you won’t get panic calls asking to retrieve files from a dead hard disk!)
It’s easy to use even by a beginner, light weight and very cheap to purchase – let’s face it; at €29 per computer (volume discounts possible) it’s a very small price to pay for keeping all your files safe. Imagine losing a lifetime of photos, documents, assignments and work that you wont be able to get back!
A FREE 30 day trial download is also available if you want to test out the software before committing to a purchase. If you want to get the free trial, click here to access the download page.
Later this week IT News will be launching a mini competition, and 5 lucky users will get a free Oops!Backup copy for use at home or at the office. Stay tuned for mer info soon!