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Genie Timeline Free 2012

CNET Editors' review

Genie Timeline Free is designed to back up the stuff you want it to save and make it easy to retrieve it. It archives desktop files and folders, My Documents, e-mail, bookmarks, videos, music, pictures, Office files, and financial files. It's intended to be a set-and-forget solution for safeguarding your system. However, the freeware disables the critical Disaster Recovery feature that lets you recover your system after a disk failure or formatting. BlackBerry and iPhone/iPad/iPod also require a paid upgrade.

During its installation process, Genie Timeline asked for our full name and e-mail address, stating plainly that it was required for installation, regardless of our Internet address. That raised flags. Nevertheless, we proceeded with the first step, selecting a drive for our backup archive. This should be a drive other than your C drive, either a separate drive on your disk or, much better, a separate hard drive (best of all is an external hard drive). We selected our dedicated backup drive and moved on to the Select Data page. Here we could choose what we wanted Genie to back up. While the program claims we could select individual files and folders to back up, it only let us include or exclude the default categories. Genie also placed a No-Backup Zone folder on our desktop for items we didn't want to back up. The program calculated our backup size and parameters, and we clicked Finish. Clicking the program's system tray icon let us monitor the backup's progress. We could also open the program's main view, the Dashboard, as well as pause our backup and perform other tasks from the system tray. The free backups aren't encrypted or compressed, which makes data recovery easy but requires a lot of disk space.

You should never scrimp on backups. If you're looking for a free backup tool that can recover disks and partitions from catastrophe, we recommend looking elsewhere. But if you try Genie Timeline Free and like its ease of use, you have the paid upgrade option, which is comparable to other premium backups. Whatever tool you choose, complete and regular backups are absolutely essential.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    2.2 stars

    out of 4 votes

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

    "Decent features but some annoying functionality"

    November 22, 2013  |   By jennytalia

    Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

    Pros

    - it will allow you to select a Network drive as your backup location (in fact any drive it can see), which other programs won't.
    - simple interface that simplifies the process of setting backups.
    - can automate your backups.

    Cons

    - if you use the 'smart types' it seems to want to backup ALL of those files, regardless of whether you selected a specific location to backup or not.
    - if you select a pre-existing location to save your backup's it forces you to add a sub-directory. If you want to mirror directories like I do, this pretty much makes it impossible.

    Summary

    Better than no backup at all, and it's free - but I couldn't find a way to 'mirror' my directory structure without adding in a stupid sub-folder - so it wasn't for me.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "CRAP: RUN AWAY FROM GENIE SOFTWARE"

    October 21, 2013  |   By waskb

    Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

    Pros

    - Great Idea
    - Nice UI
    - Price is fair

    Cons

    - A lot of bugs
    - Program crashes constantly
    - Once they release a new version you get no more support to the ond version. If you need to reinstall or if you get a bug (which is common) you are in trouble
    - As a consequence of item above, they keep forcing you to upgrade and offer you a discount to that (I don't want to upgrade, I just want the version I've paid for working fine)

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Puts checkmarks over icon of any backed up file"

    April 10, 2013  |   By listener7878

    Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

    Pros

    Nice UI. Installation was quick.

    Cons

    You must upgrade to remove the checkmarks. After uninstall and deleting all registry keys found from "genie," checkmarks still appear over any files I had backed up. Also, a genie "backup" tab still appears in any file's properties, even though the software is no longer installed. Now, I emailed support and have wasted 2 hours of my life with this free software.

    Summary

    Don't install, there are other options.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "G.A.R.B.A.G.E"

    October 29, 2012  |   By SonyEverything

    Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

    Pros

    - The idea is great
    - The previous versions worked great
    - You have another option!

    Cons

    - Genie as a company is completely retarded
    - When I attempted to PURCHASE the software they asked me to scan and submit them my PASSPORT, DRIVERS LICENSE, BILLS and all this other private documentation meanwhile I was paying via PAYPAL!
    - Any company who chooses to fill the void left for sound, block level backup will make a killing because Genie are not the guys.

    Summary

    USE OOPS!Backup
    It's your only other option for block level (time machine-like) backup

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