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BackUp Maker

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Ascomp's BackUp Maker is a free data backup solution for Windows. It automatically backs up your files and folders on schedule or when something changes, and it can create new backups or add changes to existing backups. It doesn't create system images, so it can't restore your entire system, though Windows Backup already does that. What it's best for is backing up critical files and folders on a daily basis. BackUp Maker Standard Edition is fully functional freeware that displays a nag screen at startup and when backups complete.

BackUp Maker's user interface shows prominent Backup and Restore buttons above a compact list view for displaying available backups. The program offers two modes, a wizard-based beginner's mode and an expert mode with more control; basically, the expert mode uses 12 steps for what the beginner mode does in five. Both begin with Step 1, Data Selection, with two options: Simple selection, which groups data by Libraries, Bookmarks, and Email, and Files & Folders, which let us directly select items to back up from a tree view and program list. BackUp Maker also offers Filter Options for excluding files, including by size; Automation, for triggering backups after intervals, on system events such as log-on, and by day and month; Execution guarantee, which lets you tell the program how to catch up on skipped or missed backups; Backup type, for specifying full or differential backups; and other settings such as Security and Procedures. BackUp Maker can save backups to a variety of destinations, including CD/DVD burners, FTP clients, and IntelliVault accounts. We chose the separate hard drive we use for system backups, selected our backup type and other settings, named our backup, and saved the backup definition. When we were ready, we selected our backup in the list view and pressed Execute. BackUp Maker quickly created our backup, and just as quickly (and automatically) restored our files when we ran the Restore tool.

We still recommend regularly creating full system image backups using Windows Backup or a similar program. BackUp Maker's best use is protecting critical data from loss or damage with robust, regular backups.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Impossible to remove the program"

    March 31, 2014  |   By orebmob

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.507

    Pros

    I don't know because I didn't use the program.

    Cons

    It turned out I did not need the program. it is impossible to remove it and stop the damned popup messages asking me to upgrade.
    I tried their removal program and also the Window 7 remove programs. In both cases it say the program is running and to turn it off. It is not running and the task managers shows no programs running.
    They do not answer my emails for help. The only phone number is in Germany.
    Avoid this program unless you want to see popups every time you start your computer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Backups Were Corrupt"

    March 20, 2014  |   By ManBoutTown

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.507

    Pros

    Not relevant because program failed to accomplish its purpose

    Cons

    Backs up to a single zip archive, which puts "all your eggs in one basket": a big mistake. (Learn from my mistake: never, never backup to a single file of any type.)

    Verification falsely reported files to be successfully backed up

    Zip file archive was corrupt

    Summary

    Installed BackupMaker on Windows 7 running under Bootcamp on a Mac. Program gave me written reports following its verification process and typically verified all but 4 of my 10,000+ files were successfully backed up. Initially I did my own verifications to make sure I could really extract the backed up files from the zip archives this program saves the backups to and it worked. However, a year or so later and many backup disks later my drive failed on the computer. I put my last backup disk in two other computers of my own and both said the zip archive was corrupt. Tried the next previous backup disk and it also was corrupt. Took the backup disk to the Apple Store and they confirmed the zip was corrupt and useless. This software let me down big time by failing to do the one job it is supposed to do. The worst part was the verification was false. Cost me days of my time recovering some of my files using repair software on the zip file. I would only recommend this software to my landlord.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "i would not recommend it"

    July 5, 2013  |   By brandl_ro

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.505

    Pros

    nice user interface and options

    Cons

    - no support for multicore CPU, thus compression very slow on large backups
    - crappy technical support, even on paid license
    - free version has severe limitations

    Summary

    there are lots of other backup solutions out there that might worth a small investment than going for this piece of bul* software
    http://windows-server-backup-review.toptenreviews.com/

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  • 5.0 stars

    "a lot for free"

    May 2, 2012  |   By karanj

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.403

    Pros

    Very customizable features built intelligently as I wanted

    Cons

    None so far

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  • 5.0 stars

    "At least one of the best backup tools"

    February 4, 2012  |   By AmyHarper

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.3

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Lots of functions and options
    Good compression with zip

    Cons

    File and folder backup only

    Summary

    A few days ago I tested Synchredible (other Ascomp tool) and I liked it very much, so I decided to test the backup tool, too. And I am surprised as it is a smart piece of software: it is very easy to use and it creates backups with zip compression.

    Unfortunately, it cannot create a system image, but in my case that's no problem since Windows 7 already owns an image function.

    Currently I am thinking about buying a full version of both programs, but first I will contact the author and try to get a discount, too! ;)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best free backup program I've ever used"

    January 21, 2012  |   By Dunkelmann

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.3

    Pros

    Simple to set up and use
    Easy to set up
    Incremental, Differential and Full Backup
    Zip format (not proprietart)
    Choosable Zip levels
    Encryption
    Pre and post backup actions
    Copy backup jobs
    Wizard for novice users
    Backup to disk, optical, flash
    Inclusion and exclusion filters
    Good scheduling choices

    Cons

    Free version doesn't back up open files
    Only backs up files and directories so you need to know where your program data files (e.g. mail data) live.
    Doesn't do mirroring (backup with no zip) but see below how to do this.
    Doesn't back up the registry (but see below how to do this)

    Summary

    I wanted all the above pros. I wanted automatic conversion of Incrementals and Differentials to Full. I wanted to keep only certain numbers of each type of backup. I couldn't believe that this program did everything I _*needed* and it was free.

    I used to use Cobian backup but it was quirky and unreliable. I tried various paid backup programs (Acronis, NovaBackup, Paragon) but they were really hard to use compared to this and very expensive.

    As far as open file backup is concerned, yes, if I need it, I'll pay the modest amount for it.

    To back up the registry, create a DOS batch file that gets Regedit to export the keys you want into a file. Run this as a pre backup task. Set the output file to be backed up.

    To do mirroring, use ASCOMP's free Synchredible program.

    Forget the criticisms of the limitations of old versions - this was for version 6.304 and it has been greatly improved - no file limits for example and I haven't seen any nag screens. I haven't tried to uninstall it.

    Updated on Feb 1, 2012

    I have now had time to use this a bit more. It still is a very good program. However it bugs the heck out of me with pop-up nag screens about buying the licenced version. OK so I thought I would. It costs about $33 for a 3 licence private version. Now I want mirroring on top of that through Synchredible, also at $33 plus backing up open files at $20 each. The total comes to $106. Frankly that's jusr not competitive when I can get Backup4All for $49. Backup4All is not so easy to use but is more powerful.

    Sorry ASCOM but you've a great couple of programs that are ideal for the home user, but you shouldn't be charging company prices.

    Updated on Feb 2, 2012

    I bought Backup Maker, Synchredible and the open file addons because I contacted the company, who were very willing to listen to my comments.

    Let's hope they review their policy for home users because these products are ideal. Check out their other offerings on their German pages. If they offered these in English and had bundle discounting they would satisfy the need of most users. Write to them and encourage them :-)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great backup software for free"

    June 26, 2011  |   By mr1972a

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.209

    Pros

    Free for personal use.
    Easy to understand.
    Nice functionality and design.

    Cons

    Not free for use in businesses.

    Summary

    Nice interface, understood it in seconds. Lots of functions and free for personal use, I like!

    @huddie1971: Seems to be your standard review for backup software, right? Same written for EASUS ToDo Backup. Interesting thing! ;-)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worthless garbage"

    June 21, 2011  |   By huddie1971

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.209

    Pros

    None. None.

    Cons

    Doesn't uninstall properly. Fails to back up saying, it's run out of space when it hasn't. Doesn't run as a service. Doesn't use shadow copy. Requires manual configuration of what should be obvious defaults.

    Summary

    Dreadful enough for me to suspect it's possibly malware. Absolute garbage. Avoid at all costs.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Its not user friendly. There's no real user guide"

    March 3, 2011  |   By CNET-AG

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.103

    Pros

    It seems to work. It does provide a log

    Cons

    there's absolutly no difference between the free version and the paid version except for the fact that the nagging splash screen is removed. the log file is much too informative. It tells you every file you backed up. I just want a clean backup log.

    Summary

    As soon as I find something else, I'm removing it. I would actually pay for it if it was more intuitive. I also dont like the idea that it uses "zip" technology

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pain in the neck"

    February 19, 2011  |   By Stockdale5

    Version: BackUp Maker 6.103

    Pros

    At backing up, it does a good job.

    Cons

    It has two flaws. First, it is not free for personal use. It is nagware and extracts a daily piece of you for not upgrading. Second, I found it confusing. I never quite knew whether it was running or not. Its options are not clear.

    Summary

    I will probably get rid of it.

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