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.
From NCH Software:
FileFort can set up scheduled file back ups with FileFort free Windows back up software. FileFort provides an easy and automatic file backup system to protect of your critical data. Save backed up files to virtually any storage media including CD, DVD, USB drives, FTP servers, or online accounts like dropbox to give you peace of mind that your data is safe and secure.
FileFort gives you complete control over your backups. You select what files to backup, where the should be saved and schedule how often the backup should run. Even have a backup copy made automatically when you plug in a USB drive.
* Easy to use setup wizard to start the backup process
* Choose either manual or automatic backups
* Back up files to CD, DVD, USB drives, FTP servers, or online accounts
* Works with Dropbox and Amazon S3 accounts
* Automatically backup to a flash drive when plugged in
* Schedule files to be backed up at a particular date or time
* Simple and easy to use interface
I have selected files and folders to backup incremental. It refuses to do an incremental back and reverts to full every time. It also fails on all but 2 out of about 10 files and folders. I find it totally unsuitable for purpose and would not recommend. I am runnning windows 10 and am familiar with technology but have been totally frustrated by this software.
I would not recommend it and am surprised at the editors reviews. It appears they are out of sync with client experience.
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..