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FBackup

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Next to antivirus protection, regular backups may be the single most important measure you should take to protect your PC, your data, and yourself, yet studies consistently show it's the preventative measure PC users neglect most. There is simply no excuse for not backing up your system, especially when you consider the following facts: (1) You have a lot of money invested in your hardware and software; (2) Your PC most likely contains files, records, and archives that are important to your life and well-being; (3) something is certain to go wrong; and (4) backups are easy, especially with excellent free backup utilities like FBackup around to do all the work for you. You can schedule regular backups, of course, but you can also choose full or partial backups, levels of compression, drive mirroring, backups of specific folders or files, and much more. It creates standard ZIP files that you can access with any compression utility.

FBackup is based on Backup4all, Softland's flagship product and a powerful backup solution. However, for most users, the freeware utility is more than enough. With a simple two-part interface and a wizard that explains each step, it's about as user friendly as backup utilities get. You can choose either an external device (recommended) or a network location to store your backup.

FBackup is free, and it's ready for Windows 7. It makes regular backups painless, and it produces high-quality backups that will help you recover your system quickly when, not if, something unpleasant occurs.

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    3.6 stars

    out of 126 votes

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    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 21
  • Current version:

    2.4 stars

    out of 8 votes

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great for almost 1 year now."

    February 2, 2014  |   By Hjharris

    Version: FBackup 5.0.182

    Pros

    Easy to use and able to specify just what is to be backed up. I have it set up to do 7 different jobs, Videos, Documents, Music, Desktop, Outlook and Photos. Options of "zip, mirror and full" backup formats provide flexibility when capacity constraints are a factor.

    Cons

    Can't do incremental backups, i.e. only new or changed files. This is available in the "upgrade" versions. Takes quite a long time to do the complete backups because it tests each backup as well.

    Summary

    I am very pleased with the app and it has improved steadily with occasional updates during the year I have been using it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent, robust backup tool."

    January 14, 2014  |   By kfitzharr

    Version: FBackup 5.0.182

    Pros

    Can back up files/folders; backup and restore to/from USB or network accessed drives; simple, intuitive interface; fast.

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet.

    Summary

    Amazingly full-featured for a free program. Broad capabilities, including all the 'standard' backup options, but with many more features that the competition holds out for paid upgrades only. It took awhile to find FBackup among all the tools out there, but it was worth the extra searching.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Useful when it works, which is RARE"

    December 9, 2013  |   By longtalker

    Version: FBackup 5.0.182

    Pros

    backup can be paused in recent versions - although in reality this makes the software crash (see below); sources can be selected relatively easily

    Cons

    Basically, this is a massively unstable program. For instance, when trying to pause an ongoing backup, the software will very often crash and has to be forcefully shut down. Also, when file path is too long, it comes with an arcane error message where your options are either to retry (which is of not helpful) or to abort the entire backup.

    Summary

    Cons massively outweight the pros in this freeware. Authors are very slow to provide support, and are not particularly helpful or professional in their emails.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installed failed ... try again!"

    December 1, 2013  |   By pobox1914

    Version: FBackup 5.0.182

    Pros

    zero ... nothing ... nada

    Cons

    Will not install

    Summary

    I'm running windows 7 64 bit and this will not install. Keeps giving me a "installed failed" error message.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good gone hopeless"

    November 10, 2013  |   By hefaistion

    Version: FBackup 5.0.182

    Pros

    I had been using it entirely to my satisfaction for years.

    Cons

    Latest version does not install. Wants me to check "system authorization", which I have, or just stops installing. Tried with their small size installer and with the full size 50 MB. No problems like this with any other program installations.

    Summary

    Sloppy work for this update.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Ease of use......not easy"

    October 19, 2013  |   By trihumanish

    Version: FBackup 5.0.182

    Pros

    It installs easily

    Cons

    It is not apparent in it's instructions for the average computer user. It is not easy to use. I have created a back up and saved it on a separate disk but there is no way to check if it's really backed up or just some empty files.

    Summary

    I'll look around for another one and see what I can come up with.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "For some reason it Wouldn't install on my computer.Why?"

    September 4, 2013  |   By verytiredchris

    Version: FBackup 5.0.182

    Pros

    It wouldn't install on my computer.

    Cons

    IT WOULDN'T SAY WHY............... :(

    Summary

    I Installed Cobian instead,Because somebody else recommended it................ :(

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Couldn't get the scheduler to work"

    September 1, 2013  |   By drseed

    Version: FBackup 5.0.182

    Pros

    The program is relatively simple to set up.

    Cons

    Couldn't get the scheduler to work using the Windows scheduler or the built-in scheduler.

    Summary

    Not useful for me without a working scheduling function. I ended up using Cobian which worked great and was relatively easy to set up.

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