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Handy Backup

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Handy Backup Standard offers users an easy, streamlined approach to backing up important files and folders. Novice users will especially appreciate the program's easy navigation.

The program's user interface doesn't waste your time with too many details. A menu and command toolbar resides at the top of the window. Newly created tasks and their details reside in the panels below the toolbar. A wizard walks you through the process of creating a new task. We were able to quickly add the files that we wanted to backup. From there, we were able to choose the backup location, including external devices such as a USB, CD, or DVD. The program comes with both compression and encryption features. Locating the schedule feature took a little time, but once we found it, we were able to customize our backup schedules on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The Log feature let us save logs of all of our backups for future reference, a small but important detail we appreciated.

Our only complaint with the program is that it installed icons on our Desktop without our permission. Still, novice users will find useful tips for getting started, and the built-in Help feature is sure to answer any questions. All in all, we highly recommend this program for any user interested in reliable file backup.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Frequently freezes requiring reboot"

    May 9, 2013  |   By Erbium1535

    Version: Handy Backup 7.3.5

    Pros

    HB used to be a reliable program.

    Cons

    Unreliable
    Freezes frequently
    Loses backup tasks when upgrading
    Backup tasks disappear
    Date of backup file is the date of the backup not the file date
    The latest versions of HB create a 1 kB file for every backup file with a ".i" extension.

    Summary

    I have been a user of Handy Backup for several years. I use HB to backup the contents of an NAS drive to a 2 TB drive on my desktop that is only used for backup. I then use Mozy to back up the contents of the 2 TB drive to the cloud. I have been constantly fighting this software to keep it running. I am now looking for a different product because it has become so unreliable. I am currently running HB version 7.3.4.

    Older versions of HB seemed to have worked better. Several times, when I upgraded the HB software, I lost all of my tasks. Recently, half of my tasks disappeared. The program freezes very frequently, often daily requiring a computer reboot to clear. The dates of the backup files are the date HB places them on the backup drive not the date of the original file. Along with the backup files, HB also creates ".i" files with a 1KB size for every file

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Non existent customer service"

    March 22, 2013  |   By pkegley

    Version: Handy Backup 7.3.2

    Pros

    Easy setup once installed.

    Cons

    No, repeat, NO customer service. Simply ignore email requests for assistance.

    If you have occasion to reinstall, I would definitely suggest just installing a different backup program.

    Summary

    Stay away...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and powerful backup solution for everyone."

    July 2, 2012  |   By sflion

    Version: Handy Backup 7.2

    Pros

    Easy to use. Full of features, you have everything you need to keep your data protected. It creates default configuration for your data, so you just need to push one button to have it up and running.

    Cons

    For advanced usage it requires to create special tasks, which isn't a big problem, but takes some time.

    Summary

    I recommended the nice piece of software to my friends and my boss. If you want to forget about data protection, this is the way to go.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Freezes, Cant register, Error on backup, Cant Complete"

    March 29, 2012  |   By DOKTOR22

    Version: Handy Backup 7.1.1

    Pros

    none None none

    Cons

    - Freezes each time it runs
    - Keeps asking to re-register once a week
    - While it tries to register - cant connect to server most times
    - Cant complete backup to 100% - it freezes on 20% or 85%
    - YOu have to reboot computer to unfreeze it
    - Tech support cant help you much

    Summary

    Terrible piece of software (even after update to 7.1). I had it for 2 months and every week it was a different story. Different issue NON STOP. I got tired and disputed the charge. No help from support.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stay away!"

    October 3, 2011  |   By arnomd

    Version: Handy Backup 6.9.6

    Pros

    If you reinstall windows or change the hardrivem you have to re-register the program. This does not work since they do not repsond to emails.

    Cons

    Reliable, versatile and simple interface.

    Summary

    The pros do not help when one cannot re-install the program.

    Updated on Oct 3, 2011

    I belated see that my criticism should have been directed to the Russian splitt-off company NOT to the original US company. Sorry!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good app but too bad services"

    May 13, 2011  |   By Prabaswari

    Version: Handy Backup 6.9.4

    Pros

    Good application

    Cons

    When I lose my license number services they can not send me my license I should get and charge me some money !!!bad services !!!

    Summary

    You must ensure to Nofosoft that they will give you license number if it lost

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Too bad I can't rate 0 stars. Buyer beware!"

    February 17, 2010  |   By mtnclimber22

    Version: Handy Backup 6.5.1

    Pros

    Nothing, nada

    Cons

    Purchased this software and had problems installing it. Support is NON-existant. Will NOT reply to questions. Kiss your money goodbye if you buy from these losers.

    I will be spreading the word far and wide about these thieves.

    Summary

    Would not install properly. Support responded to first couple of questions several days later and I guess since they have no idea how to fix the problem have completely quit responding. I am steaming mad and out the money I paid for this. You are throwing your money away if you buy from these people.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Handy Backup Review"

    September 29, 2007  |   By birhead

    Version: Handy Backup 5.8

    Pros

    I liked the program because of its simplicity.

    Cons

    I got this program thinking it would solve my problem of backup issues. To date I have it on two computers and it has always had errors during the backup process. I haven't been able to get it to restore what is backuped. Maybe it will get better with each upgrade???

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  • 1.0 stars

    "HORRIBLE Customer Support"

    March 4, 2007  |   By jonjra

    Version: Handy Backup 5.6

    Pros

    It is a nice program for the money, although they will charge you twice the price to download version that will write DVDs

    Cons

    I have recommended this program to many of my customers, and have bought probably 80 copies, I had a customer who had to reload there machine and was trying to get a copy of serial number to reinstall, Their technical support has not responded to 14 emails and 6 phone calls over the last 3 months, so just know your buying it as is.

    Summary

    null

    Updated on May 12, 2011

    Looking back, I did not see I had given a 1 star, not deserved. It is a very good program for the money. One thing I learned is handybackup.com is an American company, while handybackup.net is an overseas company that an exact knockoff. remember which one you bought it from. The .com I know answer emails within a couple days nowadays.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A good choice of backup software"

    March 1, 2007  |   By Yaurik

    Version: Handy Backup 5.5

    Pros

    I love this software. I recommend it to all my clients. Especially now that it has DVD burning which is great for most

    small business. I use it to back up inexpensive NAS's ... It keeps getting better!

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