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Everyday Auto Backup

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Backups are critical, period. Automatic or manual, full or partial, whatever -- as long as you're taking action to protect your irreplaceable personal files, your expensive software, and maybe your sanity. Full backups are best, but we also like extra protection for the data that changes the most, such as User files, as a backstop against those disasters that somehow seem to know when you're between backups. Everyday Auto Backup's name says it all: it makes automatic data backups every day (or when you want it to). It addresses some lingering issues about backup software, beginning with a biggie, the cost. Everyday Auto Backup is free, so no excuses there! It's also quite easy to use. Backup tools aren't so much challenging as confusing or even intimidating, but this one minimizes the drama.

Similar programs often bear a family resemblance, but Everyday Auto Backup's user interface makes a welcome change among backup utilities. It's simple, even plain, with a blue-gridded main view that resembles ruled notepaper and tabs for switching between Projects, Today's Tasks, Log, and Options pages. The Options page includes a simple tool for adding file types to exclude from backups. A dialog-box-based wizard walked us through each step of setting up our New Project, including selecting a Destination directory, which should always be a dedicated storage device, preferably an external drive. Our test backup executed on schedule and finished much sooner than we expected, so we put Everyday Auto Backup on active duty.

We've said it before and we'll say it again: when it comes to backups, there are two kinds of PC users -- those who back up their data, and those who don't but will, once they've learned the same way those other people learned, the hard way. We strongly recommend full backups capable of completely restoring your hard disk or your entire system when, not if, disaster strikes. But we also recommend tools like Everyday Auto Backup to fill in the cracks. Our overall impression of the program is one of a simple, almost modest tool that leaves nothing out yet pares down processes to their essentials.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, does the job"

    October 1, 2013  |   By theultrageoff

    Version: Everyday Auto Backup 2.21

    Pros

    Easy enough to use and doesn't make a straightforward task complicated by trying to introduce compressed formats, special archive structures or anything else that stops you getting your files back easily. Can back up to a virtual drive e.g. DropBox or SkyDrive.

    Cons

    Some extra functionality might be useful, but creating weekly, daily and hourly backups is going to save most people most of the time. And it is WAAY better than not having found the perfect backup solution yet. I'm happy now.

    Summary

    Free and easy to use. Makes backups, so you then have backups.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great. I like it."

    February 27, 2013  |   By jmvca

    Version: Everyday Auto Backup 2.21

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    none could be found

    Summary

    Recommanded.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Ideal for work-in-progress"

    February 26, 2013  |   By scuzeme

    Version: Everyday Auto Backup 2.21

    Pros

    More like a copy-saver than backup. It can make a copy of my work every 5 minutes that can easily by opened and restored.

    Cons

    ????????????

    Summary

    I do a true full backup every day but when I'm working on Javascript, PHP script or web page, I like to save each working step as I go along. Sometimes I forget or accidentally overwrite the last working step. I set the program to "backup" (copy really) changes to my working folder every 5 minutes on a USB drive. I can open the copied folder, then the file like any other file. No complicated restore procedure; no waiting; no password and no long process restoring files I don't need. And I always have a current copy of my work on a separate drive. It is ideal for this purpose.

    Updated on Feb 26, 2013

    I forgot to mention that when I'm not working on a project, I close the program so it isn't running needlessly in the background.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I didn't care for it, but that may just be me."

    December 15, 2012  |   By hvender

    Version: Everyday Auto Backup 2.2

    Pros

    Maybe I'm not familiar enough with it, seemed to operate on a simple level.

    Cons

    Have already uninstalled it.

    Summary

    I use syncback to back up the primary data drive to 2 other internal and an external drive on automatic daily and weelkly schedule which produces an easy to read log account, file by file, of each run. Also the simulation backup makes fine-tuning very easy - and free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding FREE program"

    March 22, 2010  |   By medeziner

    Version: Everyday Auto Backup 2.0

    Pros

    Backs up all file folders selected. Can copy all files each time it runs or just the files that have been updated since last backup. Backup takes less than 2 minutes at startup (the time I selected for backup).

    Cons

    I have not found any cons.

    Summary

    Just try it and decide for yourself at NO COST.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple, lots of DIY, but effective, and free."

    October 27, 2009  |   By Pearce100

    Version: Everyday Auto Backup 1.2

    Pros

    It works. Dirt simple. You have to "do everything" yourself (see below), but once you've set it up, it backs up files, and that's all.

    Cons

    Don't exit the program or it won't run on schedule (and it won't warn you). Minimize it, and it shrinks to an icon on the taskbar. And it's BACKUP only, not recovery. To recover a file, go get it over your network. No encryption. No compression.

    Summary

    There are no instructions, so here are a few:
    --It's Backup only, not recovery. It copies your files to another drive. Need them again? Go get them from that drive. No encryption, no compression.
    --It worked backing up files to my Maxtor NAS drive on my network.
    --it's folder based, not individual file based. Want to pick a file to back up? You get the whole folder. (You can "restore" individual files, of course, since EAB isn't doing the restore)
    --It will back up all the subdirectories within a folder, so you just have to pick the highest level folder. Bu then you get EVERYTHING under that folder.
    --You have to manually create the destination folder for EACH folder you want to back up, by navigating to the backup drive and making and naming the folder. EAB will correctly copy the folders that are INSIDE the folder you choose to copy, but it doesn't make and name the main folder you are backing up. For example, say you have a folder on the backup drive called "BACKUP." You choose a folder on your PC called EXPENSES to backup. Inside "EXPENSES" are a handful of Word and Excel files, then more folders with names like 2007, 2008, 2009. EAB will NOT make the "EXPENSES" folder - it will just plunk your Word and Excel files directly under "BACKUP." But it will make the folders named 2007, 2008, 2009. You have to go to the backup drive, into the BACKUP folder, and make your own "EXPENSES" folder. Whew.
    --You can't create a new destination folder from inside EAB's dialog box. You have to navigate to your backup and create it yourself.
    --You create backup 'Projects." Each project can back up only ONE folder (and its subfolders). If you're picking and choosing folders from all over your hard drive, that can be a lot of projects, and a lot of navigating and drilling on both the source and destination sides for each project/folder during setup. But you only have to do that once per project and you're done. If you're on of those people who put everything inside "My Documents," it's cake.
    --You can choose to have it copy all of every file, every time (takes a long time), or just the files that have new time/date stamps (fast). Choose "by project."
    --Each Project can have its own start time.
    --It appears that you can back up from mapped drives across the network. These show up in Source navigation, but I didn't try it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple, easy to use. Works as advertised."

    June 8, 2009  |   By nelsonhoover

    Version: Everyday Auto Backup 1.2

    Pros

    Works flawlessly.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    Basic automatic backup software, works great for me.

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