Review: Nero BackItUp 2014

Perform no-fuss file backups and low-cost, unlimited cloud backups.

Nero BackItUp 2014 is a redesigned aid for backing up common files such as music, movies, photos, and documents.

Pros:

Multitask: BackItUp allows you to multitask and set new backup processes while current ones are running. For example, you can create custom images if you want to make discrete chunks of different backup files.

Device support: Nero BackItUp supports file backups from Android phones and tablets, with a unified design that spans all machines, including PCs. The universal design makes the experience consistent and easy on any platform.

Clear walkthrough: Nero walks you through the entire backup process, clearly delineating where you're saving your files and where they reside, using large images and minimal interfaces. Though the manual backup mode is available for free, any scheduled backups require a premium fee, which at the asking price is a low barrier to entry.

Cons:

More steps: The "2 step, 3 step" process is a bit misleading, as each step can require several clicks. However, it's good to see Nero taking active strides in walking users through the process. That process may not be intuitive for newbies, but it's not impossible.

Limited for savvy users: For many advanced users, Nero's BackItUp isn't a backup application in the traditional, full-on hard drive re-imaging sense. BackItUp is for simpler processes with individual files, documents, photos, and the like. If your hard drive dies, don't expect this app to restore your computer to an exact system state.

Final Verdict:

If you know how to use and save files to separate media like USB drives and discs, then most of what Nero offers in its core service might not be necessary. It's just as easy to drag and drop files onto a jump drive. But Nero has a long history of expertise in data backup tools that make a basic process a bit more robust, with the added benefits of encryption and automatic restorations. By taking the guesswork out of creating backups, combined with an intuitive user flow and clear design, BackItUp has something for everyone. The premium cloud services come at affordable prices, all the way up to an $8 monthly fee that promises unlimited data storage in the cloud. Heavy cloud users would probably get the most value from the premium service, but if you're no stranger to hard drive imaging and more traditional system restorations, then I'd recommend passing.

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