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Giveaway of the day — Exiland Backup Standard 5.0

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Exiland Backup Standard 5.0 was available as a giveaway on February 28, 2020!

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Exiland Backup is an easy to use software that allows you to make automatic backups of your important files: work documents, user profiles, pictures, projects, audio files, and so forth. The program can save your backups to NAS, FTP/SSH servers, or external disks. Exiland Backup supports four backup types: full, differential, incremental, and folder synchronization. The program is small and fast, taking just a little of system resources. It is an ideal backup solution for your business or personal use.

Please note: the program comes pre-registered and requires NO additional registration!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; 128 MB RAM; 16 MB free disk space; screen 800x600

Publisher:

Exiland Software

Homepage:

https://exiland-backup.com

File Size:

10 MB

Licence details:

Lifetime with no free updates

Price:

$34.50

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#14

Zback is free and portable. Does not need Java.

DirSync Pro is a fully portable application. But you need Java JRE for it to run.

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#13

Installed, tried manual backup, screen full of error messages saying folder after folder cannot be backed up. Uninstalled and have gone back to my previous backup software Acronis True Image. Have never had a problem with it backing up and restoring the image.

Reply   |   Comment by Gordon  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Gordon,

It seems you may have tried to copy system files. As I mentioned below Exiland Backup is intended only for copying files (Not whole disk. Not image of a drive.). The program works fine. Use it to copy any of your files such as projects, photos, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael (author)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

This program comes in a free version, but it and the paid versions were last updated October 10, 2018.
There is a free backup program which is regularly updated called SyncBackFree. This is the one I use for backing up email, pictures, video and documents. I use it in incremantal mode to a 2Tb external HDD.

Reply   |   Comment by peter  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

peter,

There are plenty of older programs that are not often/regularly updated because they already work well for their intended function on the target platform(s); i.e., they shouldn't be ruled out simply due to the last update of the code.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Installed with no problem but I requested it not to run at startup but the installation ignored my request ?!?

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

dan,

I have just tested this, all the OK.

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Mikhail (Exiland Software),
What do you mean by "all the OK"?

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

dan,

You can remove the program from Windows startup in the general settings of the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Mikhail (Exiland Software),
My comment was not asking "how to remove" but "why" my request was not honored and a request to correct your install process.

Though I have not yet fully tested your software, it looks promising.
Thank you,
Dan

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

I prefer to use a simple but foolproof backup system. I keep all my data files in my Documents directory with sub-directories. About every ten days I copy that "tree" to an external drive always keeping the previous version so I have multiple versions backed up. That takes about an hour to run for 150 GBs. I figure if I have a catastrophic failure that is a sign to reinstall my OS (Widows 10) and software and start new using my latest documents back up.

I am curious if others use this system or if anyone has comments on the pros or cons of doing it this way.

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

In response to [ rww ],

How do you "copy" - do you create a new directory in the target, then drag-and-drop the source to the target?

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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Peter Blaise,

On the external drive I create a directory BACKUP 2020-02-28, then I select Documents from under This PC (Windows 10) and select copy. Move to under BACKUP.... on the external drive and select paste; although I believe dragging and dropping will work too.

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

rww, ...that sounds fine for non-executable files, but how do you backup your 'giveawayoftheday' programs?

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

dan, If you don't need file compression there is free software that will do all that for you except it will save you a lot of space because it effectively does not save second copies of identical files only changed ones. Have a look at FreeFileSync program and to keep old copies of files make a note to check what versioning does in the settings. As for catastrophic failure your method will not be enough. Have a look at Macrium free or Easus which can make a full copy of your operating hard drive with it turned off complete with all files and installed programs and passwords.

Reply   |   Comment by D M  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

dan,
I don't. I figure if I have a catastrophic failure it is time to re-install Windows and all software. That has only happened once but I have changed computers several times and each time I also had to reinstall my software and fortunately that meant losing my GOTD programs. I believe the only way to keep them would be to mirror the drive.

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

rww,

Win10 can easily & automatically save a copy of those files to your OneDrive account -- in fact it's probably already doing so. Win10 also has a feature called File History that will save a copy of file &/or folders you select to another drive or partition, internal or external, on whatever schedule you want -- Settings -> Update & Security -> Backup. One advantage of Exiland Backup Std. would be that you could backup to more than one storage location -- the industry recommendation is multiple locations, because *stuff* happens. Since Exiland Backup Std. does not use VSS for active files, you might even combine Win10's History to save copies & Exiland Backup to save those copies to additional locations.l

" I figure if I have a catastrophic failure that is a sign to reinstall my OS (Widows 10) and software..."

That of course is totally up to you, But... 1) if your device came with Win10 installed, there's no assurance that all of the drivers you'll need are available from Microsoft. 2) if you relocate that 150GB in Documents to another drive/partition, you'll likely find the Windows or System partition holds between 20-70GB worth of data [files & folders], depending on how much software you have installed. [It's popular & works well to have larger games on another drive too.] Restoring a disk/partition image backup, e.g. using Macrium Reflect [free or paid], might take just 10-20 minutes, and everything will be just as it was.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

mike,

My backups are on external drives and I alternate the external drive I use with each backup. I don't trust the so-called "cloud" (i.e. a server who knows where out there) with my data. That is not to say I don't use such services occasionally to share files.

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

"...that sounds fine for non-executable files, but how do you backup your 'giveawayoftheday' programs?"

"I don't. I figure if I have a catastrophic failure it is time to re-install Windows and all software. That has only happened once but I have changed computers several times and each time I also had to reinstall my software and fortunately that meant losing my GOTD programs. I believe the only way to keep them would be to mirror the drive."

While it could get iffy with Win7 & 8, Windows 10 is actually pretty good at migrating to new hardware -- it'll automatically see that critical drivers don't match, and try to find & install what's needed. You *might* however need a new license key. That preserves lots of software activations, but not all -- if the activation records and depends on hardware keys, that app or game will of course deactivate. If you get a new PC/laptop & want to make sure it'll work before abandoning the WIn10 install that came with it, restore an image backup of the Windows partition to a Windows format VHD & use the free EasyBCD to add it to the boot menu. Assuming it works fine, you can either restore that backup to the hard drive, or if you've done some work adding drivers etc., backup & restore the contents of the VHD.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

rww, "...fortunately that meant losing my GOTD programs"? I assume you meant 'unfortunately'...

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

D M, I used to use AOMEI but now just clone my drive to assure I will continue to have access to all my GAOTD (and other) programs.

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

rww,
"fortunately that meant losing my GOTD programs" --OOPS that should read "unfortunately"

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

If anyone has used Exiland Backup Standard 5.0 successfully, could you please share how, what features you benefited from, and if and how you VERIFIED the backup - thanks.

I have 30+ years of backups, live, and immediately accessible, and I cannot imagine surviving separate individual duplicate "sets" of backups created by and only manageable by any custom proprietary software.

So sharing our specific experience with Exiland Backup Standard 5.0 would be immensely helpful.

Thank you.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Great program! Thanks especially for this super-easy update!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Marsha Aronson  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

In response to [ Marsha Aronson ],

How do you actually use and benefit from this "great program"?

Have you verified and used the content from a backup set?

Thanks.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#7

It seems to me this software only backs up drive C: (system) and network alternatives. It does not back up drive D: (no system) to drive E: (no system) for example. Does anyone know about that?

Reply   |   Comment by Jose Ramos  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Jose Ramos,

Why you can't back up files from drive D, E, I don't know.
The program works fine. It can back up any files from any drives.

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

In response to [ Jose Ramos ],

When you say "backup", what is it that you actually want to do?

( and "I want to backup, duh" is NOT an unambiguous answer )

Looking forward to your thoughts.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Hi Mikhail (Exiland Software), I have found why. I should have thought of that: I was trying the software on Windows Sandbox, which will have only drive C. Now, after quick testing I have installed it on my notebook's outside of the sandbox and it works perfectly. Thank you for trying to help.

Reply   |   Comment by Jose Ramos  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

It has worked trouble-free to make custom backups for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Ronald Holder  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

In response to [ Ronald Holder ],

In response to [ Marsha Aronson ],

How have you actually used and benefited from this program?

Have you verified and used the content from a backup set?

Thanks.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#5

Thanks for the great program. I was using version 4.6 previously and loved it.

Reply   |   Comment by kevin  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

In response to [ kevin ],

In response to [ Ronald Holder ],

In response to [ Marsha Aronson ],

How have you actually used and benefited from this "great program"?

Have you verified and used the content from a backup set?

Thanks.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#4

Thanks about the GOTD Offer(s)! :)

I'll be awaiting a reply from the firm Exiland.
Could be I was mistaken or not, it's something about backing up a whole disk, but some files NOT?
Did Email them and used there contact form website.
Hopefully, I'm mistaken! :)

Don't forget to set Automatic Updates OFF at Settings, as it says: Lifetime license no updates
And when you already have a program that does it all, but still like to try it, you can set it to NOT Start with Windows.

This installation can be installed as Current User, All Users and ? ! :)

Reply   |   Comment by USER  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

USER,

Our program is intended for copying files only (Not whole disk.
Not image of a drive.).

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

In response to [ Mikhail (Exiland Software) ],

Correct, we do not expect Exiland Backup Standard 5.0 to clone drives, including creating and managing new partitions, formatting them, and addressing different HDD sizes.

However, if we have our data on the sole partition on HDD 1 - D: drive, for example, and want to back up that data to a sole partition on HDD 2 - E: drive, for example, how would your program know that was a "whole disk copy" and why would your program try to prohibit that?

In other words, your program CAN backup the CONTENTS of a whole disk, right?

And your program can be told NOT to include some files, such as temp and other unnecessary ephemeral files, right?

Thanks for exploring this.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Peter Blaise,

Yes, you are right.
Exiland Backup can backup the contents of a whole disk.

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Mikhail (Exiland Software), Can you backup a program that requires the Registry (or other files the user never knows about during installation)?

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

dan,

Backup of installed programs is not good idea. The program copies only files.

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

USER,

By USER,

Thanks about all the replies! :)

When the program does as it's mentioned here, all files CAN be used to back them up.
So, what the program does, is read-write with full access to the drive, a.s.o, till the backup is complete.
So, what should mean (when knowing where to find Registry and more needed files to have programs actually registered too) everything CAN be chosen as a Backup.

Accept:
VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) to back up locked files such as MS Outlook (*.pst, *.ost), MSSQL (*.mdf, *.ldf), and etc. NEW

So, a copy of Windows Backup won't be done by the program, because it's protected by Microsoft?

Are there more files on Microsoft Windows that will not be copied/a backup created?

About the verification, Yeah it should be standard.
I guess to find out if a backup/copy is good/valid, it has to be checked anyway by the program I guess.
Or is it like, created it without any error's and it's accepted as a Good Backup, without a Backup Verification?

I don't know, just asking. It's already asked many times now.

One thing though, the backup can be checked/searched with UnZippers (Windows 10, and a lot more payed & free programs to download), so you can search a specific file or whatever. Even to check if it's all there.
So, when having an options/a program to verify files, the program should have the option to set more than one file. What means you have keep a list anyway.
Hmm, might have a look online to find such Verify program.

Still have that PowerArchive 2012 and Registered! :)
I use it to check Archives about Error's, the program might be able to fix them.

Lets see if there is a program that can do verification as above mentioned!

I get it, I think! :)

Enjoy the GOTD Offer! :)

PS: Have a happy work week & weekend! :)

Reply   |   Comment by USER  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

The advantage of disk/partition image backup software is that it's data agnostic -- it basically clones the data on a hard disk partition(s) to a file archive [usually a type of VHD (Virtual Hard Disk)] without any free space so it takes up less storage than a full clone. Accessing individual files/folders stored in that archive is usually managed by mounting that VHD. The disadvantage is that it's not so efficient when it has to start worrying about which files/folders to backup, and it can potentially take more resources to mount the archive & copy files vs. restoring individual files/folders from a file backup like Exiland Backup. Note that the Exiland Backup Std. version does not use VSS [per the feature comparison chart], so active [in use] files will be ignored. Note too that file compression [e.g. Zip] can potentially have problems with the highly nested folder structure in C:\Windows.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Mikhail (Exiland Software),
Technically, an executable is a 'file' so I think you should make that clear in your product description so some users won't be misled.
Thanks for your reply.

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

Kudos for no registration and no expiration.

Note that this "Standard" offering is only one step up from their own "free" version, yet cannot be reinstalled after today.
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Features and Benefits:

Exiland Backup Standard 5.0 CAN be setup to make ONE directly useful backup, BUT not more than one.

That is, when trying to update a backup set with new and changed files, it makes a new backup set with the new files instead of adding only the new files to the existing backup set.

CAUTION: "Synchronization" appears to scan the target location in comparative preparation to DELETE items from the target, a severe NO NO as we NEVER want to delete items from the target, especially automatically, never, no way - it's a BACKUP after all, and keeping copies of EVERYTHING is what backups are for.

Culling supposedly useless information from backups should NEVER be an automatic task, and should never be anywhere NEAR the same activities as making backups themselves, such as this software implements in a simple toggle between backup method choices WITH NO WARNING, but deleting should only be a SEPARATE program with absolutely NO OVERLAP with a creation program.

DELETING IS NOT BACKUP.

The "synchronization" mode is DANGEROUS, DANGEROUS, DANGEROUS, and worse, without ANY WARNING WHATSOEVER that the program will DELETE files, not backup them up!

Rename this as Exiland Unintentional Disk Cleaner?!?

So, this seems incapable of making and updating an incremental all time mirror.

It instead defaults to making compressed Zip files of some sort, only accessible through a catalog within the program itself, and refers to it's own database, and does NOT refer to the actual contents of the destination file in realtime, another NO NO, that is, if your computer corrupts a file in the backup set, or if you manually accidently delete a file from within the backup set, this does not check in realtime to see if the prior backup set is intact when making a subsequent backup of only supposedly "new" files, thereby skipping it's responsibility make sure that everything in the source actually is backed up to the target.

The created zipped backup sets would be arduous at best to try to explore, and use, or to retrieve ONE file from, without using the program itself ... and even using the program.

Instead, we must we manually check every backup set to find the most recent version of a file?

For example, how do you search for one file and find it and open it for reading, perhaps not even needing to restore it because you just want access to the the information in the file?

For me, this is not as useful as free included in Microsoft Windows drag-and-drop, RoboCopy, or XCopy ... or free CodeSector TeraCopy.

This appears to be an automation and batching of the free Windows Compressed ( zipped ) folder or free 7-Zip, with the smarts to use FTP resources, and the danger of deleting old backups.

Why make new backup sets and delete old backup sets when refreshing and updating them would save space and be much faster and allow unambiguous file retrieval?

Nope, drag and drop, RoboCopy, XCopy, and TeraCopy are unbeatable for me when it comes to the MOST IMPORTANT part - FILE RETRIEVAL by any means.

Without deleting a dang thing!

Exiland, please get back to us with an updated version that has NO DELETING CAPABILITY and can make an all-time mirror.

Thanks for letting us explore this, BUT the free version was all I needed to learn what I learned anyway, the $35 version in today's giveaway is no less dangerous.

PS - This does not seem to have a VERIFY function after backup - 40 years ago I had a customer who made backup tapes every day, but when it came time to restore after a crash, then discovered the tapes were blank, which could have been easily discovered if the installer ( not me ) had engaged the VERIFY feature and tested at least once, really, we've known of the importance of VERIFYING a backup for 40+ years, and it does not appear to be in this program, not during backup, and not as a feature of comparing on demand after backup - any backup without VERIFY is NFRPTY Not Ready For Prime TIme Yet: Nerf Putty.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Peter Blaise,
Exiland offers two different modes: backup OR sync. Lots of backup softwares offer this option.
Sync does exactly what it's supposed to do: make the two folders match, which of course will involve deleting files.
If you want backup, simply choose "Backup." No problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Bruce Fraser  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

In response to [ Bruce Fraser ],

Did you TRY your advice?

I did.

"... simply choose "Backup" ..." works ONCE and ONLY ONCE.

All subsequent "... simply choose "Backup" ..." creates yet ANOTHER separate duplicate backup set.

Then you've got TWO, and as Murphy's law suggests, where do you look for a file then?

"... simply choose "Backup" ..." again, and you have THREE separate duplicate backup sets.

And so on, and so on, and so on.

Same with incremental - the indremented files go into a new separate backup set.

As I wrote "... Exiland Backup Standard 5.0 CAN be setup to make ONE directly useful backup, BUT not more than one ..."

To which I will add, if writing to non-erasable media, such as CDs, then this program can make more than one complete backup set,

... BUT we still have to search each and every backup set to find a file we are looking for, and then manually compare the found files to confirm which is the newest, and or to see of the file is missing from any newer or older backup set.
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I believe this program is hedge for ineffectual technicians to protect themselves from non-technical bosses, so the technician can say "yes, we have backup, see the line item on the purchase order?", technicians who do not understand how to use the freely included Microsoft Windows RoboCopy, free 7-Zip, and free batch file capabilities, or freely included PowerShell and it's zip-savvy Compress command.

I've seen this before where bosses will pay outside consultants, so-called "authorities", more than they will trust their own in-house staff, when their own in-house staff could do equal or better.

Hence I have no problem believing that Exilan has experienced 10,000+ downloads.

Successful, useful, COMPARED AND VERIFIED backups?

Not so much.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Peter Blaise,

Synchronization is one side. The program synchronizes the source files to the destination folder (creates mirror). If you need SAFE sync, please choose the "(*) Do not delete files from the destination folder even if they are not in the source"

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

In response to [ Mikhail (Exiland Software) ],

Thanks for explaining some of the arcania in the nomenclature and controls of Exiland Backup Standard 5.0 - "... SAFE sync, please choose the "(*) Do not delete files from the destination folder even if they are not in the source" ...".

There is no "SAFE sync" option under [ Backup type ], so I guess I will start with selecting [ Synchronization ] even though it claims it will delete files in the destination folder ...

... then under [ Destination folder for synchronization ] there is an option to [ Do not delete files from the destination folder even if they are not in the source ].

That works, BUT it confirms my earlier complaint that you program ignores the real world and only looks to it's own internal database to decide that's been backed up or not, and it warns, cryptically, [ ... Because no scanning or analyzing of the destination folder is performed, it is not recommended to delete files from the destination folder manually or by other programs. ]

"... no scanning or analyzing of the destination folder is performed ..."

In other words,
- we can run the backup task,
- and it will say it completed successfully,
- but there may be NO backup made.

Your program appears to NOT have any VERIFY BACKUP feature.

Your program does not have any LIVE inspection of the real world, and does not VERIFY that a backup has actually been made.

Ouch.

Further, your program deletes it's log files after 40 days ... if that is where it gets it's database, then there is guaranteed failure to backup, especially when in, as you call it, "safe sync mode", in less than a month and a half, especially if the destination target becomes corrupt by any means, and the user does not catch that themselves - your program does no LIVE analysis and gives no VERIFY warning of data loss or failed backup.

And how would the user fix that?

If a backup fails for any reason, what recourse does a user have within your program to REMEDY the failure?

And I see the default location for your program to backup it's own settings file is to the system temp directory ... which is the first place things get cleared from during any other program's disk cleanup ... so if there is anything critically important in your program's settings file, spare copies will be wiped out.

Hmm ...

So, three things now are critical failures:

VERIFY - no verification of backup sets compared to the source

LIVE - no live awareness of the condition of backup sets during backup, which would be caught during verify, if you verified, but they still would not remedied.

REMEDY - you have no "fix this" to overcome failure to backup ... you do not even do a LIVE inspection and VERIFY if the backup failed.

I suggest returning here with v6 of the program, with these three failures fixed, and let us explore once again and give you feedback.

Thanks for giving us a chance to explore your program offering today.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Peter Blaise,

Standard version is different from Free version. You can see the Feature Comparison Chart here
https://exiland-backup.com/backup-compare.html

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Bruce Fraser, And what about incremental backup?

Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Peter Blaise,

Many Thanks about all YOUR EFFORTS! :)

Did change the Backup location!

While doing that, I noticed that the program isn't installed at any of the directions, where other programs are installed.

Why is it not installed at Program Files (x86)/Program Files or AppData?

I don't like it, when programs just put there folders/maps anywhere they like.
No, I didn't look at it, when installing. Assumed it would be placed at any of those directions.
Won't happen again!

It's messy and I use it to set folders/maps there with a personal reason.

PS: Have a happy work week & weekend to all of you! :)

Reply   |   Comment by USER  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Peter Blaise,
You seem to have a little knowledge and therefore think you know everything about backups and how this program is awful.
You've written paragraphs about how this program is awful creating backup sets.
But thats how the program works. For 99% of users, thats fine. You seem to be creating weird edge cases and trying to prove the program is complete pants.
Its not, and it does do what its meant to do - you're just making it way too complex. Stop overthinking.

Reply   |   Comment by Calm down Peter...  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

Note that this is the same version that was offered on the GoTD site a year ago - so if you installed it back then, there's no need to reinstall now.

Reply   |   Comment by CheeseBag  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

CheeseBag, I had installed that one, but that was 4.9, this one is 5.0.
However, I can not install it, the setup went to the successful website directly without installing it....don't know why?

Reply   |   Comment by Ray Chu  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Ray Chu,

Yes, you are partially right. In this giveaway version 5.0, but fresher (updated on February 23, 2020), the version number has not been changed, because version 5.1 is coming soon.

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Ray Chu, I confirm what CheeseBag said: it was indeed 5.0.0.0 (6th March 2019: https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/2019/03/06/)!

Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Mikhail (Exiland Software),
Thats not how versions work.
Have you just changed the UI but the guts of the program is the same?

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Chris,

Use the version that you have. In any case, it is quite fresh.

Reply   |   Comment by Mikhail (Exiland Software)  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Don't usually comment on giveaways, but this is a good program. I have tried many backup progs, but most are too complicated or don't work well. I have used this (free version) for a couple of years and will continue to do so. Give it a try.

Reply   |   Comment by dutchman388  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

In response to [ dutchman388 ],

How have you used this program and benefited from it's features - can you kindly share some specifics, such as backup to folders, to HDD, or to FTP, or to CD, and have you used the backups to recover lost data, and have you inspected what you expect is in the contents of the backup set(s)?

Thanks.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Peter Blaise,

Now that this offer is closed out, I'll ask you this:

What backup/verification/restore solution do you regularly use that includes all the capabilities you discussed in your many posts (or, if more than one, those for use by an average user vs. technical/semi-technical users)?

I recall our old friend "Fubar" frrequently (and strongly) recommended StorageCraft ShadowProtect for reasons outlined in his old post (#13) from November 27, 2013:

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/vole-windows-pro-3-9-3/

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

In response to [ HMarx ],

Thanks for asking what backup/verification/restore solution I regularly use - I'll reiterate beyond my prior posts.

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Backing up is an intellectual challenge that few people care to spend any time on.

So selling software that promises "... one click to backup ..." makes people happy, takes their money, but never never never does anything actually useful.

They've spent their money on feeling good.

But they have no way of inspecting what they expect.

Because they have no expectations.

Because they have not thought about what a backup is for.

Because they have not thought about how they would ever use a backup.

Specifically.

So making a backup by any means is a silly waste of time.

Because there is no target goal that the backup is assigned to hit.

Ready, fire, but never aim.

- - - - -

There are dozens of criteria to consider, I'll share mine.

I want a backup to be immediately useful.

Did anyone miss that?

I'll repeat:

I want a backup to be immediately useful.

That's my criteria.

That's the expectation I will inspect any backup solution to provide.

That is, I want to find stuff in my backup immediately, and use it on demand, right now, live, no waiting, no special program or access handshake.

In WordPerfect ( or Word ), in Calc ( or Excel ), in IrfanView ( or Photoshop ), I want to click File > Open and find ANYTHING in my backup, immediately, and use it on demand, right now, live, no waiting, no special program or access handshake.

So I have a large live backup hard drive on my network that looks exactly like each computer's hard drive ( a secondary hard drive shared from any computer works fine ).

I use

- free CodeSector TeraCopy v2.3

-- and free included Microsoft RoboCopy

... and sometimes put RoboCopy in a batch file, and I can make an icon on the desktop, and I have my own one-click backup.

I copy stuff from each local computer to the backup, using the same directory structure, and my 2 backup programs compare and only update changed files, and add new files, so, after the first complete backup, subsequent backups go quickly, only needing to get changes, new stuff.

I prefer free CodeSector TeraCopy v2.3 as my drag and drop.

I highlight the entire contents of the local drive, and drag it to the root of the backup drive, then I select [ TeraCopy here ], and in moments it asks me if I want to replace/rename/older-only, and I click older-only, and walk away.

I do this on each computer - I have a dozen or more.

Eventually the backup drive has a backup copy of all my computers, all folded into one, with the most recent versions of any files.

Do I really need the Windows directory backed up?

Yeah, occasionally I need a driver to reinstall, and if I point the driver update to my \\Backup\C\Windows, it scans and finds an appropriate driver, immediately, on demand, right now, live, no waiting, no special program or access handshake - see how that works?

But I never plan to use the backup Windows directory to completely reinstall a crashed computer, instead I'll reinstall Windows from downloaded ISO media anyway, fresh.

But on computer #2, for example, if I want to install the GOTD, I can find it either on computer #1 over my network, or I can find it on my \\Backup\C\Install directory, and then do the same for each of my dozen or so computers.

Oh, I need to prepare my taxes, where's my 2018 template to reuse for 2019?

Easy, I just look in my \\Backup\C\Documents\M\Money\2018 directory, immediately, on demand, right now, live, no waiting, no special program or access handshake - see how easy this is?

I could also look on whatever computer I used in 2018, but why search all my computers to find the one?

I don't care which one has the original, because the \\Backup has the copy, immediately accessible, live.

And for redundancy, I've added a second \\Backup drive, so I have 2 copies of everything, immediately accessible, live.

When I'm bored, I will write a batch file using free included Microsoft RoboCopy to accomplish unattended what free TeraCopy does via drag-and-drop.

I actually have separate backup drives for various contents ( separate for movies, music, pictures, ebooks, audiobooks, and so on ), but each still has a directory structure that is 100% identical to the original hard drive on any computer, and each is immediately accessible, live, and each is duplicated to another backup.

Hard drives are cheap, and they seem to pile up at the trashroom of my apartment complex, so I clean 'em up, and press 'em into service, but even new multi-terabyte drives are cheaper than most ( useless ) backup software.

Other people may have different criteria for backing up, I'll let them extol the virtues of there schemas.

- - - - -

I TREASURE the resources we all can explore on Giveaway Of The Day, and I work very diligently to provide useful feedback to the vendors to help them know how their software lands in user's hands.

And I offer as much help and insight to our fellow GOTD users to make sure the community is functional and that GOTD survives and thrives.

I hope Exiland Backup Standard 5.0 learns from this thread and makes v6 overcome the compromises we have experienced, and I hope they maintain an active relationship with GOTD in the future.

Win, win, win, win.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Peter Blaise,

Thanks so much for your insightful comments!

("Comments"? "Essay" or maybe "thesis" might be more appropriate!)

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