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Backup4all Lite 4 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Backup4all Lite 4

Backup4all Lite is an award-winning backup software for Windows, offering an intuitive interface making all features easily accessible.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 269 31 comments

Backup4all Lite 4 was available as a giveaway on February 11, 2009!

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Restore data from any type of storage media.

Backup4all Lite is an award-winning backup software 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 in Windows XP/2003 Server/Vista
  • Backup Plugins for backing up applications (such as Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, Firefox, and many others - http://www.backup4all.com/backup-plugins.php)
  • Backup statistics
  • Backup summary
  • Mirror backup - makes an exact copy of selected files and folders

System Requirements:

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





File Size:

9.76 MB



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My friends turned me onto http://www.MyOtherDrive.com for online storage and file sharing. They have complete backup facilities, are simple to set up, and they support private file sharing.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Very disappointing software. I'm getting tired of installing and uninstalling in the same day. Lite is a good word for it. Thanks anyway GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by bd  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)


Off topic slightly but why the hell has Binheartoolong #11 been given 15 thumbs down just for saying thanks to Ashraf for his usual in depth post?

It's a forum, we speak as we find as it should be, to those who knock Ashraf or Binheartoolong, be man enough to give your reasons, otherwise keep your clicks to yourselves.

Reply   |   Comment by AndyPandy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

I use SyncBack Freeware both at home and work for periodic backups.


Reply   |   Comment by w1seguy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I am a long time user of Second Copy, built round easy scheduling, zip files, incremental backup. Fast. Uses AES if you want. Cost $29.95, but much easier than JaBack and cheaper than the top end versions of this software. I use it to back up important files every two hours and to take daily backups automatically into a new directory each day to give grandfather, father, son type backup security. If you do not want to pay, use a freebie but if you want quick and easy, tried and tested security put Second Copy on your list:

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I have used the Professional Version of this software for years. It is a great backup software. It can do incremental and differential backups. It is one of the best all-around document/file backup software out there. It does, however, cost money.

As many have said, the LITE version is seriously limited. For me, this is one type of software that I'm willing to pay for because of how important backups are.

In fact, not only do I do a weekly backup using Backup4all, I also do a nightly backup with Mozy. Then, I also do an image backup using Acronis on a monthly basis.

Reply   |   Comment by Kendall Alexander  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Some people are complaining that Backup4all Lite doesn't allow incremental backups... FWIW of course, I haven't used incremental backups for years, feeling the hassles outweigh any benefits.

Years ago, writing to external devices &/or removable media was slow. Hard drives were a *lot* more expensive, and much smaller, so having a backup drive &/or partition wasn't often practical. Being able to backup just new data was quite a time saver. Incremental backups were very much worth it, despite the hassles of having to store 1 full backup, then a smaller version(s) with new or modified data.

Today you can maintain sync between files & folders fairly easily when absolutely critical, changing data warrants it. A regular backup to another drive takes minutes, can be scheduled for lunchtime or after hours, & can be more efficient than incremental because you're not archiving essentially useless data. Using just complete backups is also easier IMHO to maintain & track versions, so you can for example easily restore a backup made before you installed those new drivers that didn't quite work out so well.

Again, just my opinion FWIW, but when someone says Backup4all Lite doesn't offer incremental backups my response is along the lines of a polite: "So"?

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Why would they offer the LITE version? Not very smart, (for advertising) when other software companies offer the FULL or PRO versions!

Reply   |   Comment by Stinker  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I use Norton Ghost 12. No, it's not free but the disaster recovery features are worth their weight in gold. Reminds me of Standalone Backup from my OpenVMS (VAX/Alpha) days. $30-40 on eBay.

Reply   |   Comment by Vaxbert  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Hi all!!

This must be a joke!!

Ok it's a good ADVERT for the company and their products so as to lead us to buy the Pro version, but what about GAOTD visitors?

This is the “Lite” version so users can only perform a Full backup and not an incremental or differential backup of files which have changed since the previous backup.

So what's the point of downloading this GAOTD if you can do the same things with FREEWARE (and in my view better) ALTERNATIVES?


- Cobian Backup

- Comodo Backup

- Titan Backup 1.5

- Drive Backup Express (32-64 bit) 9.0

- Vembu StoreGrid Backup Software-Free Edn 2.4

Innovative Intranet Peer To Peer Backup Solution For Networked Desktops and Laptops

- Idlebackup 1.16b

It performs incremental backup and selected directories and files are copied to a set backup path. The first backup is a full backup, then each next backup will copy only changed files during idle time of your PC and no files are deleted if option "Synchronize backup" is set to off. Perfect for NEWBIES!!

- Directory Synchronizer 0.3

It allows you to compare two directories that could be on the same or different computers to see which files are newer, older, or missing and then to synchronize the files for data backup purposes. Poor interface but very effective tool indeed.

- Mozy Remote Backup 1.8.14

A fabulous automatic ans secure remote backup and archiving service for any PC in any home or office. No external hard drive, expensive subscription services, CD or DVD's to burn. All you need is a broadband connection and you are ready to go! Simply download Mozy, select the types of files you want to back up, and Mozy does the rest as a copy of your files is safely stored in secure, offsite data centers. Mozy offers home users 2 GB of backup space for free. There's no credit card, no monthly payment or fee, and no expiration date. You can even earn 256 MB of free space for each friend you refer, or purchase unlimited storage space for only $4.95 per month. I can't use it simply because I don't have a broadband connection here at home (I'm in Italy...you know?? LOL!!) but some friends of mine did telling me that they are very happy indeed with this service (on SOFTPEDIA it got a VERY GOOD Good rating(4.1/5) from 25 users).

- TripleCopy 3.5

Compress, encrypt, and backup your files to multiple locations in one click.

- DirDup 1.5

Monitor, copy, and manage your files excluding specified files from copying or checking their dates/size before making the decision to copy them (this can save a lot of time when backing up to a slow-write device, such as flash memory sticks). With the "Full Copy Mode" this nice tool compares all of the files in the destination and source directories doing a byte-by-byte comparison to detect data deterioration even if the size and dates match as well as checking source files before they are copied to make sure that a good backup file isn't overwritten by an incomplete or damaged source file.

- Ahsay Backup Software Free Edition 5.5.1

FREE for home users and small companies who have 2 desktop or laptop computers to back up.Files are compressed and 128-bit encrypted before they are sent over the network through a SSL channel. An advanced configuable retention policy allows you to restore all versions of all backed up files from AhsayOBS. A handy shortcut enables the selection of Outlook, Favorites, Desktop, My Documents to be backup in just 1 click.

- myDiskBackup 1.2

Start the program, choose which folders you want to backup and press do backup. The program starts to copy all the contents in the choosen folders to your myDisk space. You do now have access to your backup folders wherever you are in the world via Web Dav.


Backup, synchronize and archive tasks with scheduler and automation sofware. The BACKUP FILE is in standard zip format which allows you to restore data using any zip utility. After backup, you can even FTP or email the BACKUP FILE. This stunning tool also includes synchronize, copy, and zip tasks to satisfy all your backup and archiving needs. In addition you can schedule tasks by the second or minute, or on a hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis running tasks in sequence thanks to the CHAINING FEATURE.

- Backup 1

A simple backup utility which supports incremental dated backups and backups by file type or complete backups of directories, as well as automatic start ups. It can then be run via windows scheduled tasks to perform regular scheduled backups.

- Snap Backup 4.5

- FileHamster 1.4 (similar, but in my view more complete, to HISTORY EXPLORER given earlier by GAOTD)

It offers real-time backup and archiving of your files while you work without disrupting your workflow as it monitors specific files on your hard drive and automatically creates incremental backups whenever those files are modified.

- Mamut Online Backup 2.1

An integrated part of Mamut Teamwork, which allows you to backup your data safely and securely as well as offering safe and user-friendly distribution of all your files or other materials you wish to save.


KAREN's REPLICATOR, a pretty COOL backup program written by a geek GIRL: I have used it for weeks and I have to admit that I've never been disappointed.

KAREN's REPLICATOR allows you to backup directories, files and even entire drives, copying selected files from one drive/folder to another not to mention that source and destination folders can reside anywhere on your network.

Unlike this GAOTD options include repeated copies at intervals as short as a few minutes, or as long as several months, copy only files that have changed and the replication of file deletions, allowing you to specify which files should not be copied and also which days a file should be skipped!

No bad, isn't it??

Finally, if you need to copy files from disks with physical damages (bad sectors, scratches etc...) or those giving errors when reading data, try this little GEM I discovered just a few days ago:


With this astounishing tool you can recover every readable piece of a FILE putting the pieces together, even if some parts of them were no longer recoverable, and then copy an ENTIRE CD-ROM to a USB flash drive giving a file by file detail of the progress and the success of each file copied!

Did I mention that it's FREE?? LOL!!!


If you prefer to BACKUP not just your FILES but even the whole DISK IMAGE, Titan Backup 1.5 can do nothing from this point of view.

For that, you can use NORTON GHOST (if you have some BUCKS to spend of course...) or better still the freeware MACRIUM REFLECT with which you can create DISK IMAGES, BOOT CD for restore, that you can restore even without installing Reflect, as well as FILES BACKUP ARCHIVES using Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to ensure ‘point in time’ data accuracy, meaning that you can create a full backup of your hard drive through imaging even when you’re logged on in Windows.

The FREE VERSION of MACRIUM REFLECT creates disk or partition images and access them from Windows Explorer but can also create Linux Rescue CD or BartPE Rescue CD, which has network support so you can save the created image to another computer amd directly burn the Live CD from the software (no bad isn't it??): it has also a scheduler where you can create backup from the defined time.

So no need to use Norton Ghost anymore as MACRIUM REFLECT can do the same job pretty well.


h ttp://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp

32 Bit (Vista, XP): h ttp://www.macrium.com/download/setupfree.asp?OS=x86&DLSource=000000

64 Bit (Vista x64, XP x64): h ttp://www.macrium.com/download/setupfree.asp?OS=x64&DLSource=000000

(remove space at beginning)

In another way, TITAN BACKUP is probably better than MACRIUM as for as the FILE BACKUP is concerned thanks to the SYNC FUNCTION that the FREE VERSION of MACRIUM REFLECT doesn't have (or at least I couldn’t find the feature...LOL!!).

Finally another good IMAGE, BACKUP DRIVES and PARTITION PROGRAM I think is worth having a look at is definetely "DRIVE IMAGE XML", an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives!!


# Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
# Browse these images, view and extract files
# Restore these images to the same or a different drive
# Copy directly from drive to drive
# Schedule automatic backups with your Task Scheduler
# Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing users to create safe "hot images" even from drives currently in use.
# Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools amd restore images to drives without having to reboot.
# Two different compression levels.
# It can backup image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS.
# Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista compatible.

But the best part of it is that..it's FREE for personal use...LOL!!



Cheers from Italy!!


Reply   |   Comment by giovi69  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+49)

I already use this program (Pro Version) and love it!

Reply   |   Comment by David Palmasano  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Good program but limited.

Reply   |   Comment by Get Paid frim Us  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

That 'Awards' page just has to be a joke ! Its all ratings from software sites...they may be good ratings but they are not 'awards'...lol


Reply   |   Comment by jon  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

downlaod and installed winxp sp 3 also used to backup user files work great. I also use comodobackup http://www.backup.comodo.com/ and it works great and free

Reply   |   Comment by winracer  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

I use the commercial version of this software and love it. It's worked great for several years.

Reply   |   Comment by PJ  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

This is the Lite version of Backup4all and so only supports mirror backup. Would be much more useful if it was more functional.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

There seems to be some confusion regarding the backup type it does. Lite edition does a mirror backup which works like this:
- first time it runs it will create a full backup of all the files that were selected as sources
- subsequent backups will only include the files that were modified or that are new (fast mirror is this option called, sort of an incremental backup)

Now, the mirror backup type can run in two modes: without zipping the files, which means that the files will be simply copied over, and with individual zip compression. Each file can be individually compressed not because it doesn't use zip64, but because this is the definition of the mirror backup type. Plus, if one of the backed up files is over 2gb, it will still be zipped.

Reply   |   Comment by Claudiu  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

I have not tried this program, but if need one that is great, and has saved me several times. Try http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
Worka great and I highly recommend.

Reply   |   Comment by looptdo  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)

Best backup utility I have known and tried several other before. I have the full version, and it works perfectly as a document backup. As a software developer I use it to back up source codes every three hours and it works very well. Excellent product, but poor documentation. Otherwise the best choice for document backup.

Reply   |   Comment by Carlos  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

My bad. The link I gave for Synctoy 1.4 ia no longer available. This on will work:

Reply   |   Comment by WacoKid  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I've used MS Synctoy 1.4 and feel it's better than Titan Backup. It free, easy to use, and gives you options such as:
1) Syncronize (updated files, renames, and deletes are copied both ways)
2) Echo (where changes, renames and deletes are copied to backup)
3) Subscribe (where updated files are added to backup with nothing ever deleted)
4) Contribute (where updated files and renames are added to backup with no deletes)
5) and Combine (updated file are copied both ways, with nothing deleted)
You can choose folders to ignore, and it only backs up the files that have changed since last back up. You can also run a preview and get details of the back up prior to running it.

**Important** I do not recommend Synctoy 2.0, as it actually has fewer functions.


Reply   |   Comment by WacoKid  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm in an urgent need for a backup program, so I'm giving Backup4All a try. Currently I have COMODO backup, but I haven't tried it yet as I don't have a backup drive (yet).
So I can't tell you how good does it do the backing up, but what it offers looks promising.

- Activation goes fine
- The feature of importing older version backup files
- Clean and easy-to-use UI
- Good Getting Started screen that is easy to disable
- Excellent Settings screen
- Plugin system
- Compression and encryption
- Wizard interface
- Although not edition-specific, the Help section is good.
- The feature comparison is OK, but what does this mean?
Backup view X V V
Backup view V V V

For CONS, see Ashraf's post (#6). I think he has got them all listed. I'm definitely not going to copy parts of his post. ;-)

Good program with basic and some advanced features. Really easy to use and stable, not resource intensive. Missing some features which would have been nice, but it's not that bad, so thumbs up here.

Titan Backup 1.5 is free because it's an old version. Version 2 still costs money. I'm not saying that TB 1.5 is bad or anything, I'm just pointing out that it's not being updated, probably there's even no tech support. My personal suggestion - better go with an up-to-date program like Backup4all. It's not free, but it's free today...

Reply   |   Comment by KsbjA  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)

Thanks again, Ashraf

Reply   |   Comment by Binheartoolong  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)

The publisher has a link at the bottom of his homepage to http://www.fbackup.com/ which is a FREE product (vs. 4.0.126) with the same limited features as today´s giveaway. FBackup can use the same plugins as Backup4all. The PLUS appears when you have to reformat your HD...

Reply   |   Comment by Werner Barthelmeus  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Will not Activate in Vista 32 bit Home Premium even as Administrator on my computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Lonnie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

As Ashraf noted, Vista users will need to run Activate as an Administrator. I'll admit that I was prepared to bash this since the Lite version is severely limited. However, it may be worth installing just to examine Backup4all, as my initial impression is that the quality is much higher than I expected. Of course, if you want to use Backup4all on a regular basis, then you would want to purchase a higher-end version. Although a bit cluttered, it has numerous options, supporting Volume Shadow-Copy Service, NTFS permissions, and Alternate Data Streams (only when doing non-zip backups). It keeps a complete record of all options that were used to create each backup, with the backup. The Lite version uses the Windows scheduler, but the settings are integrated into the UI. File selection correctly allows multiple files, but sometimes the initial selection didn't occur when using a single-click UI; in such cases I had to right-click the initial selection (left-click will select and submit). Although there are numerous plug-ins, most aren't for anything which I use. It has a simplified and an advanced interface. I didn't look at the simple interface, but I'm sure it's better for novice computer users, who might find the advanced options a bit much to deal with. This is a file-backup product (I assume specific-application plug-ins can backup their settings, but I didn't test); if you want to fully backup your system, registry and all, an image backup product which can perform individual-file restoration would be the proper solution. Their use of the term "fast mirror backup" is essentially a one-way sync, with numerous options for selecting how changes are detected. While an image backup is the best full backup, I haven't found an ideal file backup solution. If Microsoft would add the NTFS permissions and Alternate Data Streams support of Robocopy to SyncToy 2, I'd use it to keep important files backed-up on my USB flash drive, as only SyncToy 2 can properly track renames, deletions, etc. By the way, greater than 32 GB flash drives are available, but the ones I've seen are very slow.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

The Good

* Easy to use.
* Nice clean interface.
* Step-by-step wizard assist in creating backups and restoring them.
* You can save your back up to your local hard drive, external media (hard drive, USB, etc.) or in a network location.
* You can schedule backups to occur at a designated time.
* Not too bad on resource usage - even during the actual backup process.
* You can test backups to make sure they have not been corrupted.
* You can setup filters (include/exclude) to define what is/is not backed up.
* You can use filters to define what to include/exclude when restoring your backup.
* You can pick and chose which files to restore when restoring.
* Extensive plugin support.
* You can compress and password protect your backup.

The Bad
* No registry backup.
* Lite version is missing out on a lot of desirable features that you find in Standard and Professional versions.
* Only zip-level 'encryption'
* Program has a 3-4 second lag from the time I click the desktop icon to launch the program to when the program actually launches.
* Help files and video tutorials are not "Lite" version specific.
* You can't use the plugins and add your own designated files/folders in one backup.
* Can't create zip files over 4GB.

Registration and installation:
Went fine. Just run Activate.exe as Administrator if you are on Vista.

Backup4all Lite vs Document Backup
Both programs will backup your files easily. However, Document Backup had few of the features available in Standard and Professional versions of Backup4all only, such as incrementa and differential backup. Also Document Backup had AES encryption. For its part, Backup4all has a really nice plugin interface that is unrivaled. However, looking over my review of Document Backup (and seeing the problems with it), I say Backup4all over Document Backup even if the Lite version is some what crippled.

Free Alternatives:
Cobian Backup
Comodo Backup
Titan Backup 1.5

Backup4all is a good program. It helps you create and manage backups easily. I was especially impressed by the extensive plugin support. I give it a thumbs up. However I do not recommend it because this "Lite" version is somewhat basic. My recommendation for today is Titan Backup 1.5. Titan Backup is a professional-gone-free backup tool that not only lets you backup your files, but also your registry. Then the sync tool is always a nice plus to have. Thumbs up for both these programs, but double thumbs up for Titan Backup 1.5.

Full Review: Click here please.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+85)

This seems good when you read the blerb. it is not when you download it nd see just what this one cn do. very limited as the name suggests.

Reply   |   Comment by Kelly  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Not a bad piece of software. I prefer it a little more than Insofta Document Backup because the interface is a little smoother and the scheduler is super easy to use. Take note that to activate on Vista, you MUST run the activation file as admin. As usual, full review and a few screen shots are posted below.

Full Review and Screen Shots

Reply   |   Comment by Justin C  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

As shown on the box image, this is the "Lite" version of the software. As such, it is quite severely limited: it can only perform a Full backup: that is, backup all the files selected. To perform an incremental or differential backup (copy only files which have changed since the previous backup) or to go back to a version earlier than the very last backup, you need the Standard or Professional version.

A combination of History Explorer (offered in January) and Beyond Sync Pro (offered in November) offers a much better solution.

Reply   |   Comment by KStock  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+126)

To Vista users:
If you have trouble registering this software, running Activate.exe as Administrator. I had to on my 32 bit Home Premium in order to register the program properly.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
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