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Giveaway of the day — Backup4all Lite 4

Backup4all Lite is an award-winning backup program for Windows, offering an intuitive interface making all features easily accessible.
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Backup4all Lite 4 was available as a giveaway on May 22, 2012!

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Backup4all Lite is an award-winning backup program for Windows, offering an intuitive interface making all features easily accessible. It implements the basic functionalities of a backup application:

  • File filtering - powerful filtering engine with lots of options (filter by attribute, size, date, name and type).
  • Automatic scheduler – use the scheduler to define backup jobs that run automatically at certain times.
  • Intuitive interface - explorer-like, lets you see all files from the backup and new files that will be stored at the next backup execution.
  • Disk spanning - automated support for splitting your backup between many removable disks or even on the same media.
  • Backup open files (files in use) - uses the Volume Shadow Copy service that allows you to back up local open files from NTFS partitions.
  • Backup Plugins for backing up applications (such as Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, Firefox, and many others - http://www.backup4all.com/en/backup-plugins.html).
  • Backup statistics and backup summary.
  • Mirror backup - makes an exact copy of selected files and folders (without zip) or archives each file individually.

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System Requirements:

Windows 7 (x32/x64), Vista (x32/x64), XP, 2000 and 2008/2003/2000 Server

Publisher:

Softland

Homepage:

http://www.backup4all.com/

File Size:

21.3 MB

Price:

$24.94

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After having read other comments, I decided to check this software by myself, because I recently had a harddisk total loss that forced me to seriously consider regular backup of my files.
The software did install well, then I wanted to check first the Thunderbird mailbox backup as the software includes a plugin for TB.
The initial backup of my 1.8GB mailbox took 15mn (backup made to a NAS over a 100Mbps network), which is not a terrific speed but acceptable for me, taking in consideration that the backup itself took something like 5mn.
The subsequent backups are then very fast (1mn each hour for each incremental backup of 100MB data), note that contrary to what I have read on other comments, the software can be launched at windows startup automatically, and regular automated backups can be scheduled, an interface is available for scheduling jobs from the job property sheet, and it works perfectly.
So far I have not tested much more features as I installed it less than 1 day ago, but for now I am very satisfied with this giveaway and would even consider encourage others to buy it as it is simple, it works, and I love the ThunderBird plugin (previously I used a tool from Memeo for backup of the TB mail folder but it was pure crap as it put locks on files and it causing errors when composing emails, the Memeo backup was provided with our NAS but even for free I don't want it anymore.), now with Backup4All I can really setup my scheduled mail folder backup and then forget about it !

Reply   |   Comment by Fab  –  3 years ago
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45 minutes to backup my 10 letters in MS Outlook 2010 is totally unacceptable. Removed.

Reply   |   Comment by jenny  –  3 years ago
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I use it. It does the job I want it to: created a non-compressed copy of selected folders, and isn't phased by open files and the like. I've tried other programs (not all) and many skipped files for no apparent reason. I used Karen's Replicator before but it was harder to select only certain folders. If your needs are modest this will reliably answer them.

Reply   |   Comment by richard  –  3 years ago
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I run Backup4All Professional on a Windows 2003 web server and it does a great job. Unlike many server backup products I tried, the scheduling is easy and works well. The interface is simple and direct. It sends me email notifications when backups are completed.

There are not many good cheap backup products for Windows Server - I must have tried a dozen or so, including some expensive ones. I tried one of the Paragon products too - it was more expensive and seemed rather bloated. Back4All Pro does the job nicely.

I can't comment on the Lite version though.

Reply   |   Comment by Evan  –  3 years ago
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Thanks, #39 Franck, but, sadly

(a) it NEVER installed for me, so I can't test it, and

(b) you suggest that you never actually used your backup, and

(c) you say it makes "standard" file sets, so if I can do that using free alternatives, I'm not sure what they are offering.

But thanks for testifying that it worked for you and that you probably can "see" the backup files if you want to -- good.

Regarding all the bickering -- it's GOOD for everyone to have excited discussions, and they may be messy, but they offer great fodder for programmers to get productive -- FREE!

Did I mention that we give our feedback FREE?!? ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 years ago
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Hello giovanni,

Thanks for all your many reviews. Keep up the Good Work.

Reply   |   Comment by John A.  –  3 years ago
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I've been using Giovanni's VOSI since he recommended it about a month ago and like he suggests, it is one cool freebie!

In addition, I use M$'s SyncToy which works for me as well.

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  3 years ago
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37. and 40. I don't know why people should not complain about this and that, no matter if something is offered for free or not. In almost every negative feedback you will find a true story, POV's from different peoples, like yours. There should be no reason to forbid somebody to speak. Speech is also free and always should be. That is why i visit GOTD.

For your statements on how does it help:

take a look at the shared ideas on top of this post, maybe some of them are from people that argue on one or another point of the daily offers, this is where the developer keeps his eyes on, no matter which feedback they got in the comments, that is much more important and maybe one special reason for a developer to do such an offer here on GOTD and this could be a reason, why GOTD is such an successful page (with a bunch of new offers daily), exactly like how it is now.

As for the other comments, most are pointing out that the lite version is really not enough to fit the way on how they create backups, or would create them and which features a software should have. That is the complete other direction from what has been said in comment #8 (where you have to assume that the meant users are also all GOTD users today). I don't see any negativity against the dev's, i would more suppose that many from here would just welcome a standard or pro version in a next giveaway (no one expects the flagship's from companies in first place) to satisfy the experts, too. That is all but surely not negative, it's a chance for the future and not only for the visitors of this page.

Let the people say what they want, as long as it is mainly focused on the giveaway's itself.

Reply   |   Comment by kin0seC  –  3 years ago
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Ravi, if the "bad" stuff is not stated, as you imply it should not, then how can the developer judge the worth of the product? Even if this is offer is based on a much more powerful version it would inform them that any "lite" version should offer a bit more.

Reply   |   Comment by wondering  –  3 years ago
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I am having problem with it in win 7 64 bit of working at all, is this not for 64bit machines i am not that computer savy, thank you

Reply   |   Comment by ariebitski  –  3 years ago
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Hello Giveaway of the Day visitors,
Please stop arguing. The saying goes "if you don't have anything nice to say, DO NOT SAY IT!" Please offer the developer a chance to improve and tell them nicely. DO NOT criticize if you haven't even tried it. If you don't like it, DO NOT vote! Wait till the next day. These simple things you can do to help the developer and GOTD.
Thank You.
~Ravi~

Reply   |   Comment by Ravi  –  3 years ago
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@25 Peter Blaise :)
I actually use B4A Pro so I can share my true experience with it (It is about 3 years B4A is my backup program + paragon for image-based system backup.)

What follows are my feelings about the PRO edition.

First I must admit I never restored... because I never needed it. But you must know 2 or 3 simple things.
- B4A doesn't rely on a proprietary backup format. It simply copies your files from source to destination, so they are always useable. It can compress your data within protected (or not) zip files. Once again, you can get your hands back on your data without B4A.
- B4A keeps all your backup settings alongside with the saved data. In other words, if you lost everything and don't want to go through the hassle of manually restoring, you launch B4A (I know GOTD restrictions...), import your backup task, then simply restore :)

To perform backup B4A is really convenient.
- you can create groups of tasks to batch run them.
- you can create desktop shortcuts to launch any backup tasks.
- when you plug an external HD or a USB stick, it doesn't always get assigned the same drive letter. No problem: B4A can handle this on its own, recognizes your drive and adapt the letter of the destination accordingly in the task settings.

There would be many other things to say, but I hope this will help you to make a fair opinion of B4A for yourself.

Reply   |   Comment by Franck  –  3 years ago
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I downloaded this very early today but did not install until now. At first there were no comments, now most are negative...!
Deleted downloaded file... end of story

Reply   |   Comment by Moudy63  –  3 years ago
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Gawd's sakes: it's the LITE version. GAOTD says so. The developer says so. It's free today and it'll be useful for many and I can't be the only one who is weary of reading posts from people who, when offered -- for nothing -- a small car immediately start bitching that it ain't a limo.

What kind of constructive criticism is that? How does it help anyone: the developer, GAOTD, people visiting this page who may have no back-up software at all and would really like a gentle introduction to it, for nothing, rather than a full-blown, intimidating and expensive one????

I've looked at this offer. Examined its features. Realised that I already have enough in the way of back-up apps not to need another one. But it was good of GAOTD / backup4all to make available a sampling, testing, and keeping-for-nothing opportunity.

Far too many self-appointed experts on here take the view that the lighter something is and the simpler it is to understand, then the greater an affront it is to anyone possessed of technological mastery. Problem with that is, not everyone in this world is a master of technology. Not everyone is an expert. And some who will be reading this page are actually taking their very first steps: they haven't a clue about back-ups.

Me, I'd unhesitatingly recommend a novice user to give today's giveaway a go because (a) it's LITE and (b) it's FREE and ( c) it will actually serve as a handy primer en route through the learning curve that every sensible computer user must inevitably follow.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  3 years ago
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Nothing - yes nothing, beats Macrium Reflect when it comes to backups

Reply   |   Comment by Ferdinand  –  3 years ago
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hi giovanni,

thanks for all your reviews and alternative softwares!

Reply   |   Comment by hanniboy13  –  3 years ago
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I have yet to understand why backup software. I simply copy my documents, pics etc. to a second (or third, or 4th) harddrive and I am done. Do I want an image? No. by the time I need it things have changed so much it's useless and actually, I am kinda happy for the excuse to "clean up the computer" with a complete reformat.
Maybe a nice synronizing software, that backups my documents as I change them would be good but oft times, setting them up, learning how to use is not worth the time investment, as I would never save the time down the road. Just some rambling thoughts.

Reply   |   Comment by EricT  –  3 years ago
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@4 Rob -

No Backup4all Lite 4 YOU!

Reply   |   Comment by SoupNazi  –  3 years ago
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Wax #14
I feel that unsubstantiated claims such as yours serve only one purpose and that is to discourage developers to offer their programs here, please think before you post.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  3 years ago
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Methinks there are a lot of bitter fruits on this board. I don't think all the nasty and snide comments are very encouraging for manufacturers who might be thinking of offering their SW for FREE on GOTD. Codeword: FREE. If you don't like it, just keep your mouth shut and wait for the next day's offering. Very simple. Like some others here, I am accustomed to using other FREE backup solutions, so I will not be downloading this offering. However, I feel no need to hurl a bunch of insults and vitriol at the manufacturer of today's offering.

Reply   |   Comment by buck  –  3 years ago
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Wot?! "Backup4all Lite is an award-winning backup program for Windows, offering an intuitive interface making all features easily accessible." Really? How can it receive 78% thumbs-down, then?

Somehow, it doesn't add up, does it?

Reply   |   Comment by Happy Dae  –  3 years ago
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I use free macrium to do regular full backups (its easy to use) and Acronis active tasks to backup and recover individual folder. It works for me. (I'm a silver surfer)

Reply   |   Comment by peter Baker  –  3 years ago
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Hey Rob, thanks for your short review and POV, very helpful.

Dear Claudiu, if you know your own product, licensing types and product features, are you sure, that users would request the lowest edition between pro, standard and lite? That must be a joke, really. Or you don't know the average daily GOTD userbase. The only edition would be the standard one where the people would say ok, that will gonna help me out if it's not the best edition like pro and that would be a keeper.

On to the features that prove my point:

-Backup directly to CD, DVD, Blu-ray or HD-DVD - Backup4all has its own built-in CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc burning support (missing in lite, built-in in standard)
-Differential backup - contains all files that have changed since the last full backup (missing in lite, built-in in standard)

Believe me, these are two features that are nearly elemental for a backup program nowadays and the lite edition doesn't have them.
For me, differential backups are a must, i will save many minutes of my life when i don't have to re-do complete backups to be up-to-date with current state.

But see yourself, if i was wrong when the giveaway period has ended.

I have tested it and there are many free alternatives that have many more features, especially the differential backup method, so this version today is not the one that i would use if i will do a backup for me, it's just too lite.

Anyway, thanks for the offer today.

Reply   |   Comment by kin0seC  –  3 years ago
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Just for the record, here is an independent review of the overall software.

http://www.techgalaxy.net/Docs/Reviews/Backup4All.htm

I am now comparing it to my current backup software to see how it fits my needs. Without the GOTD offer, I would not know about it :)

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Siegert  –  3 years ago
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i am REALLY surprised to see so many thumbdowns for today's giveaway!

1st thing 1st, this edition is nothing but very popular and reliable FBackup 4 if and only if you are looking for files and folders backup. honestly, i did not find a SINGLE other program that can do the things i look for:
# just mirroring without creating compressed files like zip. i just want to see that things in the destination are identical to that in the source (file to file and folder to folder). windows default program or many others do not do that.
# many backup programs create the actual backup material inside too many folders. not this one if you uncheck "Create full paths (including drive letter)".
# it has option "Remove excluded or deleted files from backup." this essentially means any kind of change (add, modify, delete) you make in the source will be implemented in the destination the next time you backup.

FBackup 4 is free software by the way (always). you may not be happy with today's giveaway if you are looking for advanced jobs like drive image, and other things that Rob has mentioned.

Reply   |   Comment by mukhi  –  3 years ago
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The Professional version of this program is very GOOD....but once again what it's offered here is only the standard version ==> USELESS!!

So THUMBS DOWN, simply because there are plenty of FREEWARE ALTERNATIVES out there much more powerful and comprehensive than both this GAOTD and probably the full version!!

In fact, as FREE & far BETTER ALTERNATIVES, besides cool disk imaging software like MACRIUM REFLECT and/or DRIVE IMAGE XML, I recommend the following amazing programs:

* VOSI.biz Client Suite

This is an awesome software package bundling 3 great client applications into one:

- VOSI.biz File Explorer
- VOSI.biz Online Backup
- VOSI.biz Email Backup

With this stunning program, whenever you want to backup your system, you can once & for all throw any removable device (USB DRIVE, EXTERNAL HD, DVD/CD etc…) away, since it’s able to do the following things in 2 mouse clicks:

- drag & drop large files and folders (max 8 GB per file) to download & upload them at fast speed using an extremely powerful compression data technology

- remotely access files & folders from anywhere through automatic one-way or even two-way real-time and scheduled folder synchronization (==> simply AMAZING FEATURE dudes!!)

- share files & encrypted folders with friends, colleagues or clients in remote locations

- automatically backup and restore your Business Data and an unlimited number of PCs online and offline via SSL data transfer and secure data encryption (scheduled and incremental backup options are also supported)

- drag & drop or automatically backup your Outlook Express & Windows Mail in real-time or scheduled times, as if your email messages were files

- backup & restore your emails ONE BY ONE, instead of the large and cumbersome “Outlook .pst files” as any other email backup software usually does, thus allowing you to automatically resume interrupted uploads & downloads as well as migrate your favourite emails from one PC to another (that’s COOL, isn’t it dudes??)

Why this startling SUITE is FREE of charges is something going far beyond human understanding….LOL!

Download:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/VOSI-biz-Client-Suite.shtml

For more information, please watch the following amazing DEMO VIDEOS showing you what each tool of this awesome suite can do for you free of charge:

http://www.vosi.biz/Downloads/DownloadFileExplorer.aspx
http://www.vosi.biz/Downloads/DownloadOnlineBackup.aspx
http://www.vosi.biz/Downloads/DownloadEmailBackup.aspx

* Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 Free Edition
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html

* EaseUS Todo Backup Free Edition
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

* GFI BACKUP 2011
http://www.gfi.com/pages/backup-freeware.asp

Screenshots:
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/GFI-Backup-Home-Edition-Screenshot-129022.html

And for daily automatic backups of your most important files and folders, give these powerful little FREE (portable) GEMS a try:

http://www.deprez.org/folio_0027_en.html
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Daily-backups.shtml

Besides that, for backup purposes, you could also try the freeware “Comodo Time Machine”, which uses a different approach since it quickly restores your PC to an earlier point in time by taking a snapshot of your entire system (including the registry, critical operating system files and user created documents) literally with two mouse clicks:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Comodo-Time-Machine.shtml

And to create, backup & restore images of your USB Drives:

http://www.alexpage.de/usb-image-tool/


Enjoy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  3 years ago
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MISSING from all the reviews and "I use something else ..." comments above is anyone reporting in on actually USING their backup set for a purpose, to find and restore a file, or to rebuild an entire computer.

I had a customer who faithfully swapped backup tapes every day, yet after a hard drive crash, they called me and I THEN verified for them that all their tapes were blank ... they never knew because their backup program was not set to "verify" (the previous consultant wanted it to run faster).

Another customer complained that automatic backup interfered with their use of the computer, then complained that manual backup never got done because they were too busy to run it.

One person bragged that they had a backup drive INSIDE their computer, yet when their computer crashed, they could not read either drive on their own to see their backed up file via their other computer.

The only alternatives I know are:

-- engaging "wait or use fewer resources if the computer is in use"

-- "interpacket gap delay (RoboCopy and XXCopy offerings)"

-- "verify" (which DOES double the time to backup)

-- backup to standard external random access storage.

Regardless, everyone who LIKES their backup program, PLEASE tell us how you successfully used it to recover.

If all we do is make a backup that sits on the shelf and never gets used, then that's not much of a review, now, is it?

C'mon, folks, let's here some, "I actually USED the backup file set in the following manner ..."

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 years ago
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reading what their site says this lite edition does... it's only marginally better than a manual XCOPY backup in that it uses VSS to avoid sharing conflicts with open/locked files. Of course XCOPY commands in a BAT/CMD file can be sceduled so in that respect XCOPY is BETTER than this!

For those that do not know XCOPY is an OOOOOOLD MS-DOS command line utility, that was ported to a win32console mode utility that is being depretiated in favour of robocopy in vista and above...

It can be used to mirror entire or partial folder structures and their contents to other drives or network locations and can use the last modified date or archive bit to signal/determine if a file needs to be backed up and overwrite previous versions.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago
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@ Claudiu

Thanks for your response.

What about letting us have a try with the Standard Version?

Seems that the Standard version has enough options and automated features to do the job. I could support it as being a worthy retail product - don't really need another gadget in my sidebar, and the FTP option is more appropriate for the "PRO" version.

The automation tools are featured in the standard version - and they are award worthy. In fact, the standard version is chock full of great features.... but I have to tell you that stripping out the monitoring and control functions the way you did are a deal breaker for me spending anything on it...

I just can't see the "lite" version as being anything more than demoware. It just doesn't come near "award winning" performance.

Like the others mentioned, a Sync program would do the job. Maybe better.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  3 years ago
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I finally found the comparison listing of features by having to burrow through the manufacturers website.

http://www.backup4all.com/en/compare-products.html

Based upon the above page I couldn't see this "Lite" version as being useful to me for its lack of scheduling functionality alone. In and of itself it doesn't seem like a bad program for those who wish to do their backups manually at a time of their own choice. The lack of password functionality could also be a setback. As someone above said, the maker is being honest with the title here. I'll give them credit for a comprehensive website albeit a bit tedious to get to what I was looking for in the link above.

It's a question of need or to be more accurate, the need for a more convenient package, rather than the quality of each offering compared to this one. You have a choice here.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul W  –  3 years ago
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As always, when it comes to backup software I only use Paragon products.
It is a preference. You can listen to me or ignore me :)
If you’d like to listen, read more about Paragon giveaways AND a list of the BEST free backup softwares here.
Enjoy & peace!
Devvie


That's all very well, but what's it got to do with today's giveaway? We've all got favourite software, so, what, we must just give up and never find out about alternatives?

Reply   |   Comment by BenAsp  –  3 years ago
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Stuck f-o-r-e-v-e-r on the opening install screen "determining disk space requirements" ... so I took the time to come here and read the above comments, all helpful, all helped me decide NOT to continue the install ... IF it ever gets to a next step ... it never did, so I canceled.

So, for me and for those I support, it's back to FREE XCopy (comes with Windows), FREE independent XXCopy.com, and FREE RoboCopy (comes with Windows or is downloadable after the fact), all FREE (did I say FREE?), all are command-line driven, all produce backups that are 100% browseable and useable by any software, including the Microsoft Word [ File > Open > Browse ] command to find and open documents, for example so anyone can use the backup files anywhere, anytime, anyway.

We've been here before.

Backups should be simple, intelligent, through, reveal complete information, be verifiable and restoreable, and I think backups should be directly BROWSEABLE without a special program or decoder or having to restore it all first.

The ONLY thing missing from existing alternative backup programs is copying open, locked, "permissioned" files AND having the results be browseable. I can imagine implementing this via a shadow-copy to grab the locked or in-use file, but immediately do a "restore" of that file image into the backup set as as a real live file. If someone can add that, you'll have my vote.

Okay, some people also like version control, getting 2, 3, or more copies of files that have changed since the last backup.

So, add "copy open files", and "version control", then, along with creating a standard, browseable backup file set that looks exactly like the original directory and file structure (except for a versioning scheme, perhaps filename[2].ext, filename[3].ext?).

Anyway, since this software never returned from checking the space requirements, I canceled install and have nothing more to say about it.

The DOS dir command just reported that I have 33 GB free, and it took only 1/3rd of a second or less for DOS to figure that out, so, if this program can't determine space over a period of 10 minutes, then I doubt the rest of the program will impress me much.

I think we've seen a handful of backup programs here at GOTD, and I salute the programmers who keep banging their heads against this challenge, but I suppose the reason we see backup programs come out with such frequency is because they all suck one way or another, and no one has written one that relieves pain and is smarter than the person trying to operating it.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  3 years ago
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@Claudiu I too find your explanation of a pay for lite edition, so cut down as to be almost pointless. to be weak, you already have a cheaper than Pro, Standard edition THAT is for non-professionals i.e. Home users... you wanna cut down even more features then the next edition should be a free lite edition for those who are unemployed or around the poverty line with a cheap second hand PC looking for a better backup solution than XP offered out of the box... Far too many free solutions that effectively compete with your standard and pro editions to ever consider paying for the crippleware lite edition IMHO.

BTW I could be wrong but Volume Shadow Copy Service would only be of any use in backing up already open files if the drive itself is being protected with System Restore, any file system not protected or not capable of being protected by System Restore i.e. FAT32 or exFAT Ext2/3 partitions will not be able to backup open/locked files.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago
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@4 - Rob,

Not a bad review at all..but please do a bit more testing before making false allegations.
This Lite version can be configured to run at startup and it is able to perform backups using the Windows scheduler.

In fact the average home user will be quite happy with this (cut down) version and will most probbably appreciate the freely available plugins.

On a general note ,I would suggest using "custom install" during setup.

Reply   |   Comment by SC  –  3 years ago
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When you first open it up, the "Getting Started" panel has a link that says "Download Manual (PDF)". There is no printable PDF manual. You get an error page if you click on it.

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  3 years ago
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@wax

Whilst I can see where you are coming from, vendors do put out cheaper versions of their software in response to people that want it but can't afford it.

Photoshop is a good example with regards to Elements.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  3 years ago
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I agree with number 9 - "Easeus ToDoBackup Free does all that I need"

I have 100% tested this software and I think its stunning 10/10

Reply   |   Comment by Gareth  –  3 years ago
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@Claudiu - That's complete BS and you know it. No one's gonna contact you and "request" something like, "Hey, can you make a stripped-down version of this software with less features that I can buy for $25 instead of $50?"

At least be honest with your consumer base; it's a common marketing scheme that lets you try to get away with making more money by preying on less-educated PC users who make impulse buys...

Just like every other publisher who pulls this crap, yes, you're gonna get a lot of crap from communities like this who have half a brain and are consumer-savvy. Geez, I can't believe you even pulled that "Oh, but we get REQUESTS..." card. It's just patronizing and insults our intelligence, so think about that the next time you're representing your company in a public forum.

Reply   |   Comment by Wax  –  3 years ago
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I'm not sure about this. 77% down

Windows has also backup and with more features
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos/backing-up-and-restoring-your-computer

Reply   |   Comment by Ton van der Oest  –  3 years ago
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Hi, I've downloaded and used this software since the 4.4 version.
There are a lot of negative votes, but I think has been given an unfair critique because everyone wants a complete version. The product is clearly and honestly called "Lite" because it does not have all of the features of the other upgraded versions. The company is a Microsoft Certified Partner, so you can expect a good stable product to be released (especially if you buy it). Also it DOES start-up on Windows start-up and it has yet to crash on me. It also warns you of errors and you DO get error logs so there is nothing secret about your files. This is a step up from their free version called FB Back Up. It explains on their website that this version is for users who do not need all of the extra features of the upgraded version. Therefore if you want something basic then this is a very good stable software to use. But if you need something more advance, then you can try their upgraded version for 30-days and decide if it is worth buying. Don't listen to people who have never used it and have given it a bad review. Try it for yourself, and if you want to see more, download the trial upgraded versions. This product DID receive AWARDS; read them at this link: www.backup4all.com/en/backup4all-professional-reviews.html

Reply   |   Comment by Real Bull  –  3 years ago
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Dear users,

the price on GOTD page is not a mistake. Product's home page reflects prices according to the Developer's special offer. We tend to point out the original cost of the product from the store: http://store.backup4all.com/

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Thank you,
GOTD project team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  3 years ago
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Vista and W7 do back ups. I prefer Paragon and Easeus Todo Total Backup. Latter is certainly free and Paragon comes free too, I think.

Consistent users should pay something to aid research and development.

Anyone use the Clickfree hardware solution? I have a 500GB backup drive from them and liked it until my laptop needed a re-format, as a result, Clickfree now thinks there are two different laptops and has created a partition that cannot be removed. Complete waste of money - an ordinary 500GB external drive does the same job an a fraction of the cost.

Reply   |   Comment by bill  –  3 years ago
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Easeus ToDoBackup Free does all that I need and I don't bother with online backup, so not for me.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  3 years ago
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@Rob - one of the most useful comments, thank you for the feedback. The Lite edition is intended for home users and has the features that most home users will need. It's not a trick of any kind, we created this edition because there was a request for a lower priced version by users that didn't need the advanced features of the Pro edition. We will consider for future GAOTD promotions to offer the Pro edition, as it seems the Lite edition gathers lots of negative feedback.
@Cooler - the price is $24.94, just that it's a promotion so it's reduced to $20.

Reply   |   Comment by Claudiu  –  3 years ago
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I'm a registered user of the pro version of backup4All and it seems someone needs to pay justice to it.
It is an excellent and very reliable software, which is my favorite solution for my daily backup. It is under active develpment and I like the fact that the developer doesn't go to next major version just to get easy cash.

To me, softland and paragon are not targeting at the same usage.
I'm very fond of paragon backup solutions, but they are well designed to save system partitions, because they create partition images.
Softland is well suited to save documents, pictures, any personal files...

I use both, paragon for my system partition, and softland for all my valuable datas on the other partition.

Now, I must agree with Rob (@4).
This lite version is way too lite... We all know for sure no one would ever shell out a single penny for it. It is just designed for being given away as it lacks very basics functions.

It would be a wiser move from softland to offer the standard (and decent) version for free, with a special upgrade price to pro (which is, once again, a top notch backup program).

Reply   |   Comment by Franck  –  3 years ago
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Misleading.

First, the "awards" are NOT for Lite version, but Professional one!
See here: http://www.backup4all.com/en/backup4all-professional-reviews.html

Second, "The program is available for $24.94"?
From the home page:
Backup4all Professional $49.95
Backup4all Standard $39.95
Backup4all Lite $19.95
Backup4all Portable $39.95
Houston, we have a problem with pricing there. The "BuyNow page" will reveal the "original" prices before the "price reduction".

The features? Well, perhaps worth to test from GAOTD, but not enough if you think buying it. Thanks, but I think I'll skip this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Cooler  –  3 years ago
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Thanks for the todays offer GOTD. 'an award-winning backup program' with 80% thumbs down, there seems to be a twist somewhere.

Reply   |   Comment by Piemelmans  –  3 years ago
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Decent looking interface...
and I was eager to install it and give all the features a test.

Check out the feature comparisons on their website - from the buy page, click on "feature matrix".

This is indeed a "LITE" version. The features I was most interested in are stripped out of this one.

• No backup to FTP
• No backing up your network drives
• No backing from optical drives. No burning - backing up to optical drives
• No password lock on the program
• No encryption on the backup files
• No progress indicator and no error warning by email. No error warning sounds, and no "backup view", no backup history, no "View jobs/groups in backup list as Tree or List" or "View jobs/groups in backup list as Icons"

(it's obvious they've hobbled it to intentionally make it hard to see what's going on with your backup jobs)

• No gadget for the sidebar (I like gadgets)
• Although this claims to have automatic backup features, it appears that all the good automatic features are totally removed - they've even removed the option to start with Windows, and it's obvious that there's really no need to with this version.

NOTE: After seeing all the features in the other versions, it makes me very interested in their full backup product.

That's the sad thing. They have a very rich, full featured program - and it's probably great. But this isn't it.

- this version has been totally butchered.
We sometimes get those special editions here. The ones with the low prices and all the functions kneecapped. I'm not interested - please don't give us a demo labeled as a retail product. I'll never buy what your offering if that's how your company handles promotions. I need to trust a certain level of support. We have some great companies giving us products here. I inevitably need to buy them for the support, and for the ability to reinstall. I can download demo versions all day - that's not what I come here for.

I do not recommend installing it.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  3 years ago
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FreeFileSync does it all for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Harrym  –  3 years ago
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When a company says"May 22, 2012
Backup4all Lite is an award-winning backup program for Windows" I would like to see where or who, they got their award from. I've searched and can't find backup 4 all anywhere.
Win7 has it's own backup function too.
1. System restore point
2. %SystemRoot%\System32\control.exe /name Microsoft.BackupAndRestore
That's basically all you need.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 years ago
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