NovaBackup Professional

NovaBackup Professional

Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 54 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    16.0
  • Total Downloads:
    24,748
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 12, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (15-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    124.19MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    30
  • Platform:
    Windows

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1 stars

"Backs up but good luck restoring!"

November 26, 2014  |  By bwinters97

 |  Version: NovaBackup Professional 16.0

Pros

Backs up (or at least appears to)

Cons

At least 8 bugs or serious issues that I found.

Summary

Don't depend on Novastor to be there when you need it. I used version 14, 15, 16.1, and 16.5. They all backed up fine giving me a false sense of security but when I needed to restore my data, all versions failed to restore my registry and COM. This left my copy of Windows unstable. After a week of trying to find a fix, tech support was no help.

Next issue was their disaster recovery feature (even though I had made a disaster disc) could not utilize my last full back up. You must know to do a special full disc disaster back up for that (along with another set of full back ups if you should ever want to restore individual files--so you'll need twice the backup storage and time). This forced me to reinstalled Windows fresh, but after that, restoring my registry backup still failed even with their latest version.

Among the eight bugs I encountered, one of the worst ones was discovering that Novastor requires you to import each of your backups back into their "index" before you can restore. My 1.6TB full backup took 14 hours to "import", and another 14 hours to restore! But that was the easy part. I had 80 incremental daily backups. (Which by the way, if you accumulate too many, their time based restore slows to a crawl and becomes unusable)

The bigger problem is after a clean reinstall (or disaster recovery), you can't restore your daily backups until you import them and you must do that one daily backup at a time (No way to just say import them all and walk away). So, depending on how many dailies you have, the entire process can take hours to days of pressing buttons in front of the computer, waiting for the import to finish, and repeating, so be forewarned! (Or use differential which is what tech support told me after the fact) Worst thing is that these and other issues seem to persist from one upgrade to the next. Therefore, they would seem to be in no hurry to fix them. I will never trust Novastor again.

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4 stars

"NOVABACKUP PRO; easy to use--but more for experienced"

November 13, 2014  |  By xxyaaronxx

 |  Version: NovaBackup Professional 16.0

Pros

Easy modules to use (good GUIs), good help, good ability to change drives. The instructions were simple for an experienced user or more. More thought was given to the programming than the Help, which is nearly excellent.

Cons

Devs need to consider the absolute novice at backups, especially considering most people don't DO backups. Consider presenting a default backup program after determining available devices, preferably of course not /C:.

Summary

Reminiscent of Norton Ghost. I don't think you could do better than the capabilities of this program but some will find it daunting precisely because of its capabilities and assumption of some experience on the part of the user.

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1 stars

"Tested and found lacking"

October 17, 2014  |  By beasleym

 |  Version: NovaBackup Professional 16.0

Pros

Seems to be a very nice backup system and has a nice, intuitive interface. Backs up fine to my NAS.

Cons

Half the equation is restore. If you can't build a decent restore system then the product is useless. Today it's got to download from a cloud or a NAS and be able to restore the whole system. This product requires ADK from Microsoft to work. Never could get the ADK to install which makes this product totally useless. Not necessarily Novabackups problem, but since they require it and it doesn't work then there product doesn't work.

Summary

Any product that relies on 3rd parties and doesn't work shows they have a major hole in their product when they don't verify that everything works.

Definitely a no-buy, so don't waste your time on buying or downloading and trying.

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2 stars

"Restore UI Speed Unusably Slow"

June 23, 2014  |  By jwwicks

 |  Version: NovaBackup Professional 16.0

Pros

Relatively clear cut interface. Backup media works and eventually does what it's supposed to do. Recovery disk easy to setup. The actual restore/backup speed is relatively quick.

Cons

Bought a 3 PC license v16.0 and I backed up a 360GB HD that was was giving a SMART warning in my HP laptop. No issues creating the backups or recovery images. Restoring however to a 1TB drive failed, even with device independent restore set. I chalked this up to a difference in drive sizes and decided to just reinstall the OS from scratch and restore my files from the backup.

The problem with this is that the interface for restoring individual files and directories is unusably slow. navigating to the directory or set of files can sometimes take over 10 minutes to refresh the screen. Restoring individual files to another location also creates unneeded paths/folders in the target location. For example, restoring files from c\users\me\docs to c\users\you\docs creates subfolders c\users\you\c\users\me\docs.

Also updates for the software only provided for short time, one month, unless you buy an premium upgrade.

Online storage solutions/providers very limited.

Summary

I bought this product because Top10Reviews had it listed as #1. Normally they have good reviews but this one's an epic fail. I have no idea how they could be #1 for 5 years.

Bottom line I'm asking for my money back using the 30 day guarantee and going with another product.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 16.0
  • Support for Windows 8.1
  • Military Grade Encryption for Disaster Recovery Images
  • Over 400 Product Enhancements
  • Faster, Cleaner, more Reliable Backup Engine
  • Faster Backup Speeds
General
Publisher NovaStor
Publisher web site http://www.novastor.com
Release Date May 13, 2014
Date Added June 12, 2014
Version 16.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 124.19MB
File Name Setup-NB-Prof.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 24,748
Downloads Last Week 30
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial
Price $49.95

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