BackUp Maker

BackUp Maker


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 19 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.0
File Size:
6.91MB
Date Added:
April 13, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
32,664
Downloads Last Week:
23
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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 Versions:

    2.9

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "I've Used it For Years Without Problem"

    May 30, 2014   |   By TromboneAl

    Version: BackUp Maker 7.0

    Pros

    It works fine and it's free.

    Cons

    Obviously written by non-English speakers, since there are language usage errors in places.

    Summary

    I've used this on XP for years, and now I'm running it under Windows 8.1.

    The only problem I've seen is that in some situations, the zip files can't be opened by 7-zip. That may be why some reviewers have reported corruption. However, I've had no trouble opening them with the windows compressed-file handling.

    This app really has a lot of features, but it's also simple to use. I now do my backups to OneDrive. OneDrive has a size limit of 2 Gigs, so I simply tell BackupMaker to split the files.

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