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Second Copy

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The program provides standard functionality for backing up and synchronizing your data. Like many similar applications, Second Copy is based on profiles that store information about what files to back up, where and when to do so, and so on.

The program can back up 25 versions of the same file, handy for those users who routinely make a lot of changes. All you have to do to create a new profile is modify a similar one. You can group numerous profiles and run backups automatically in the background. For more advanced users, the program offers FTP support, command-line options, and macros.

Its otherwise handy and clear interface would gain from integrating dialog and option windows in the common shell, but what it really lacks is a tree view for profiles. However, Second Copy's functionality and price are adequate for both small-business and home users, especially those comfortable with technology.

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    • 4 star: 30
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    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 17
  • Current version:

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    out of 11 votes

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    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "easy enough for a non techie to use"

    June 2, 2009  |   By kathie123

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    easy - straighforward - good email customer support, I submitted a question before I even purchased the software and got a reply back within 24 hours.

    Cons

    I have none.

    Summary

    I have been happy enough with the trial to spend money on it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Laptop crashed and didn't lose a file!!"

    June 1, 2009  |   By creichel

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    easy to use, easy to correct mistakes. Great tech support. My laptop crashed, but since I had an extensive backup system with second copy i didnt lose a single file. When I made a mistake and backed up the wrong direction, tech support found them

    Cons

    no cons for me

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Usually performs well, but some corrupt copies occur"

    May 12, 2009  |   By cnet-paradox

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    Easy to use, lotsa options, set and forget operation.

    Cons

    I have experienced some backups that resulted in corrupt files. I tried to use compressed formats & straight copies. It seems that large backup jobs can result in some backup files being corrupt, even tho' I had the option to validate after copy.

    Summary

    This was a piece of software that I was going to recommended to our company to use on it's PCs, until I discovered some corrupt zip files that were created during compressed copy mode. I tried to use the straight copy mode, but also found some corrupt files. The software didn't flag the bad files, even tho' the validation option was on. Too bad. It was an easy to install & configure piece of software with gret flexibility, but with multi megabyte backups, it wasn't as reliable as I had hoped. Good thing I discovered the problems before the purchase order was cut.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use - perfect for disk to disk copies"

    April 30, 2009  |   By small45gt

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    Easy to set up rofiles of folders & files to copy. Takes you step by step through selecting souces, destinations, setting up schedules.

    Cons

    NO SUPPORT! No way on their website to contact them in any way.

    They charge for upgrades but don't say what that charge will be. They also Don't say if they will support the old version if you don't want to pay for an upgrade.

    Summary

    I think this is a good $30 product. It shouldn't need any support. It's simple to use, and not complicated enough to be a problem running with other apps.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy to pick the files you want to backup to computer"

    March 24, 2009  |   By kc#erica

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    Not only can you choose the main folder your files are in instead of having to choose each app separate like some programs but you can choose what files to include or not from the list of apps in the folder instead of having to do each file separate

    Cons

    I can't figure out how to send it to a dvd. I choose my dvd drive folder (d/) but it doesn't pick up the dvd or something because it keeps telling me to put a dvd in d drive over and over and I've tried numerous different dvd's.

    Summary

    I can get my files to back up to anywhere on my computer but the dvd drive. It says it can backup to dvd's but for some reason it's not working for me. Even after reading the instructions I can't figure this out. Realy bummed about this because this is why I got second copy. I hope I can figure this out. The interface could be more user frienfly especially to a person just figuring this stuff out, it should have a tree of each file for the profiles you make and more options and more explanitory.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Tech support, best since old Word Perfect for DOS"

    March 16, 2009  |   By MAB49

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    Easy to use, works with all sorts of media

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Summary

    I would highly recommend this product for any business that is seeking to simplify their backup procedure

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Has become one of my most useful apps"

    March 7, 2009  |   By david_uk

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    SC is set to run one minute after startup, thereafter manually. Now I have total confidence that latest version of key files is always available on laptop when I roam, and all changes reflected on desktop when I return.

    Cons

    Takes a bit of digging to learn how to add individual files to your profile.

    Summary

    Second Copy is streets ahead of MS Briefcase, Offline Files etc. If you want to keep a desktop and laptop in sync, this is the app. And it's fairly priced, too.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Offline backups saved my butt when mother board died."

    March 7, 2009  |   By trogillio

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    Easy to configure. Runs automatically without intervention. Does not appreciably slow down my system, unlike Symantec.

    Cons

    I should be able to tell Second Copy to automatically skip files in use. Having it wait 30 seconds to try, then retry a file slows it down enormously (and generates too many pop-ups).

    Summary

    This product is inexpensive and easy to install and configure, yet does a highly reliable job of maintaining an exact copy of essential directories. Or all of them, if you're paranoid.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "kool, but...."

    February 10, 2009  |   By stick joe

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    Works well. Saves me trouble to manually backup things to a flash drive.

    Cons

    Silly thing is, it won't backup the main folder stuff are in--only backs up sub folders and their contents. To work around this I just made a main folder with my original folder in it. I'll use the program despite this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Powerful, user-friendly and customizable"

    February 6, 2009  |   By kenoodle

    Version: Second Copy 7.1.0.3

    Pros

    Works with rewritable DVDs prepared for drag 'n drop. Also use to find and organize files. Example: image files scattered all over, have SC look for file types and copy to backup drive with their respective folders, leaving behind non-image files.

    Cons

    No full-system backup option.

    Summary

    For backing-up documents, images, videos, music, etc., this is easy and reliable software that I've been using for more than eight years without a problem.

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