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FileFort Backup Free

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It's no secret we're big fans of backups. Frequent and thorough, data and system, partial and full; we just can't get enough of them (is that possible?) but our enthusiasm is based on hard-won experience. NCH's FileFort Backup Software is a free backup utility that creates full and incremental backups. It doesn't create a system image, so it's not a substitute for a full backup solution that can completely restore your system to a new disk, if necessary. It protects your critical data from damage or loss on a regularly scheduled basis, quickly and easily. Unlike some other freeware data backup tools we've seen, FileFort can back up data to a variety of locations, including USB drives and CD/DVDs.

FileFort's user interface is commendably simple but attractive and up to date in style and layout. The program opened with a backup wizard that quickly led us through the process of setting up and running our first backup. FileFort can back up files to a variety of locations, including external drives, a networked PC, a remote server via FTP, and optical disks via Express Burn. We had to use the network option to select an internal hard drive we use for dedicated regular backups, but that was no problem. FileFort's backup options include not only full and incremental backups but also self-extracting backups and an encryption option that uses MEO Encryption. We could also schedule regular backups. We checked the box labeled Run This Backup Immediately. FileFort tracked the job with a green progress bar. Our job completed quickly. FileFort can save backups as BKF or ZIP files. To access our backed up data, we needed to extract it back to our disk, but that's not a problem if the data-in-question is corrupted or lost, except for FileFort's backup.

While FileFort worked well in Windows 7 and Vista, it can only create ZIP files in Vista because it requires ntbackup to create BKF files, and it won't run in Vista without hacks. Nevertheless, FileFort proved a simple, capable data backup solution that can back up your important data to a wide range of locations.

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4 stars

"Improved greatly since my previous review"

March 04, 2016  |  By howardferns

2016-03-04 09:25:12  |  By howardferns

 |  Version: FileFort Backup Free 3.31


Straightforward to create a backup job, folders or individual files can be chosen, although I nearly gave up when the tree didn't include my Win 8.1 appdata which contains a Zotero folder I wanted to back up. I was pleased to discover that when I right-clicked on the folder in question, the menu included an option to add it to the backup.
It was very easy to select the destination, to make my preferences of incremental and mirror, and to choose between a schedule or manual.
There are detailed Help files, but I did all the above without needing to refer to them.
Unlike when I reviewed FileFort almost 6 years ago, it now keeps the job details for use over and again, and this is easily found and started.
The software took about 35 minutes to do its first backup of 58 GB, and the mirror copies are in their original file structure, none missing and none corrupted.


Sometimes FileFort's tree where I was selecting which folders to backup would close again, so I had to navigate back to where I was for each new one to be added. It became a bit tedious, but after the initial set up it doesn't need doing again, as the job is saved for next time.
If there was an option for me to name the backup, I didn't see it. In my external hd it is FileFortBackup-Desktop-0.mirror Not what I would have chosen, but at least it's obvious what it is, so I mustn't grumble.


All in all, a satisfyingly good piece of software that does what it is supposed to do and does it efficiently..

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3 stars

"Not enough include/exclude options"

February 03, 2014  |  By kyleknapp

2014-02-03 08:09:33  |  By kyleknapp

 |  Version: FileFort Backup Free 3.25


Very easy to set up and use


No way to exclude specific folders. I want to backup "My Documents", for example, but want to omit some sub-folders contained therein. FF allows for exclusions based on filename pattern (exclude files with names like "notme*.doc" for instance), but not specific folders.

Sorry, this is a deal-breaker for me - looking for another backup program.

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2 stars

"Good for scheduled backups"

April 23, 2010  |  By howardferns

2010-04-23 04:16:43  |  By howardferns

 |  Version: FileFort File Backup Software 2.03


Easy to set up and run.


If you don't use it scheduled, it doesn't keep your list of jobs for use another time, you have to start over. Won't backup files over 2GB, you need to split into 2 or more jobs, but when you create a new job you lose details of first one.


Overall, rather unsatisfactory for me. Backup files are zipped but you can't open them & look at them, it will only restore them back to your hard drive, still zipped. If only it kept your jobs for future use I might have given it 4 stars.

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5 stars

"The software is great"

March 21, 2008  |  By Biggy_Rabbit

2008-03-21 22:13:32  |  By Biggy_Rabbit

 |  Version: FileFort File Backup Software 2.03


It ids exactly what I have been looking for since you can backup to CD and DVD's ! And it will automatically backup files for me and it is free! So far it has been a great program it even launches extracting files from compressed files! It has a file manager that you can see all of the directories on the left which makes it real handy for backing up files and data!


None so far!

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1 stars

"Nothing new"

January 04, 2008  |  By selwyn666

2008-01-04 01:49:00  |  By selwyn666

 |  Version: FileFort File Backup Software 1.2




I might just as well use Microsoft Backup it is the same engine (CRAP!)

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1 stars

"I can't use it"

December 11, 2007  |  By hoabinh234

2007-12-11 07:50:34  |  By hoabinh234

 |  Version: FileFort File Backup Software 1.2


I can use it to upload my files to FTP sever

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.31
bug fixes.
Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site
Release Date March 28, 0015
Date Added April 20, 2015
Version 3.31
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 398.55KB
File Name ffortsetup.exe
Total Downloads 23,473
Downloads Last Week 6
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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