WD Anywhere Backup

WD Anywhere Backup


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
1.9
out of 13 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.00.5239
File Size:
20.08MB
Date Added:
May 21, 2009
Price:
Free to try (31-day trial); $29.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
15,105
Downloads Last Week:
14
Additional Requirements:
WD hard drive

Editors' review

Hard drive specialist Western Digital's Anywhere Backup is a smooth and efficient backup utility that can protect your computer's data from crashes. With a simple process and a great design, this tool takes a tough job and makes it easy for anyone.

The program's interface is a real treat to operate, breaking down a complex process into easy stages with the help of a simple three-step wizard. We never felt lost or in need of any more instruction than what was currently onscreen. You can choose a destination on your hard drive for backing up data, or choose an external backup device such as an external hard drive, USB stick, or iPod drive. This surprisingly simple process required no real computer knowledge to accomplish. It's just as easy to select a folder or an entire drive to back up. The process of actually saving all this data took up to several minutes, depending on how much data we were saving, but that hardly seems excessive. When it was finished, the program laid out all the data for future reference. WD Anywhere Backup is so focused on its task that it omits any extras. Not a problem, but an additional perk like an encryption option would have been nice. Nevertheless, it's a near-flawless way to back up your critical data.

WD Anywhere Backup has a 31-day trial limit. It installs desktop icons without permission. We recommend it.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    1.9

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current Version:

    1.9

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 2 stars

    "Stops backing up. Upgrading does not repair"

    January 06, 2013   |   By mramsay21104

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    The pros do not matter if it cannot be relied upon to backup files

    Cons

    Like others have said, you go for months and see that it has no filespace recognized from the source drive. You do more checking and it says your source drive is unmounted!

    It will not backup folders of choice. A folder at the root drive level had to be put into Documents for it to backup.

    Upgrades don't improve the situation.

    It slowed computer extensively. The activity monitor showed 100% CPU usage EVEN WHEN the WD backup drive was unmounted! When I uninstalled the software, U could open large folders instantly, instead of waiting 5-10 seconds.

    Summary

    I am looking for alternate backup software.

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  • 1 stars

    "Do not use this product"

    July 25, 2012   |   By TonyC1687

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    Backups up data upto 5 computers
    Backup data as you work

    Cons

    Can not retrieve backup data.

    Summary

    Purchased WD network worldbook backup drive it came with this software. After 30 days it will ask you to purchase for $30 which is dum dum dum. Then when my HDD crashed and I had to use my manufacture restore disk to new PC spec. Then when I tried to restore my backup data the software told me that it was not able to restore my data. This happened on two of my computers. DO NOT USE THIS OR ANY PRODUCT FROM WESTERN DIGITAL. Purchase software from 3rd party vendor.

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  • 1 stars

    "Hates backing up files!"

    June 29, 2012   |   By Diesele

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    none (adding characters)

    Cons

    Really complex to set up as it defaults to NOT letting you back up user named folders. You have to override this block later down the line. Terrible - unless you only want to save 'My Docs' and 'My Pics' default folders. I also have a sneaky feeling I will get a pop up in 31 days to buy it (but nowhere is this mentioned)

    Summary

    Its a bout as clever as the ESATA port on a WD drive - i.e doesnt work with most connectors as its too recessed!

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  • 1 stars

    "Not a reliable backup solution"

    June 11, 2012   |   By BillTheCat

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    Price -- free with WD product

    Cons

    It isn't a reliable backup solution

    Summary

    Everytime there's a problem with this software, the general support comment is to delte your backups, reinstall the latest version and create all new backups. This can take weeks!!! Thus, this backup solution isn't a backup solution at all. Value=worthless

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  • 1 stars

    "Don't Buy It"

    June 10, 2012   |   By essjay3660

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    When it is working, backs up good

    Cons

    Back up plans disappear
    No support

    Summary

    Gives you a false feeling that everything is great and backing up fine. Firstly the back up plans disappear. You try to reactivate them and its says they are active. Finally you try to create a new back up plan and it won't even do that. In the end you are dragging files across to back them up like you would a cheap little stick. There is absolutely no response from support. They take your money and that is it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Dangerous software - do not install!"

    April 15, 2012   |   By phaseomega

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    easy installation
    came with my WD World Boook Pro

    Cons

    Does not protect your data although pop-up says it does
    lies to to you everyday that you are protected!!!!!

    Summary

    I needed to restore one file today and that is how I found out that it stopped backing up my data moths ago! WOW!!! I restarted my machine to see whether this pop-up saying that my data is backed up shows up again or I am delirious. Pop-up shows up saying how many files I backed up and that I am safe! Incredible!!! I double checked my back-up plan settings, whether the plan is active or paused in any way. I stopped searching for reasons after I realized one thing: this software is about piece of mind and it cannot be trusted - why would I care what is the problem with it? Looking for another software now! BTW - it is built by Memeo - I will remember to stay away from any of their products.

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  • 2 stars

    "Uggh. It does work, I guess."

    May 08, 2011   |   By alolio

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    Simple Setup
    Works when working

    Cons

    Minimal troubleshooting capabilities
    Difficult to access advanced features
    When not working, troubleshooting is nearly impossible
    No network or drive status

    Summary

    Maybe it's me, but I just don't like this piece of software. It seems simple on the surface, but when it stopped backing up one day, I found it nearly impossible to fix. There was just a message that said "Destination Unavailable." But my router was assigning the drive an IP address, I could access it in my browser. But there was nothing within the software that would allow me to troubleshoot or fix any of it. The Help section was quite possibly the most poorly written tech document in the history of software. Ultimately, I unplugged everything, restarted my computer, and miraculously it began working again. But the software was no help at all.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good at what it does."

    August 30, 2010   |   By fijijuan

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    It works! Scans selected locations for changes and keeps a backup on a seperate drive.

    Cons

    When I added a new hard drive, the drive it was instructed to keep a copy had a different letter. I had to redo the settings, and deleted the backed up info to be safe.

    Summary

    It works, I couldnt get it to install on my x64 but I got around that by looking for the installer in the directories in the CD and eventually came across it. It runs in the background and keeps a copy of your files. Great in case your hard drive gives out.

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  • 1 stars

    "good at first but then fails every few weeks"

    May 06, 2010   |   By clatkin

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    easy to install

    Cons

    every couple of weeks it will not load. I have to uninstall it and start the back-up from scratch, which takes may hours. Occasionally is also causes by XP to crash.

    Summary

    good Idea, but still too many bugs with this program

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  • 2 stars

    "Free, no 64 bit support - limited capabilities"

    March 07, 2010   |   By teamw

    Version: WD Anywhere Backup 4.00.5239

    Pros

    Was relatively easy to set up and runs quietly in the background

    Cons

    No 64 Bit support - meaning when I need to restore my Vista backup from a crash onto a Windows 7 machine - it won't run the software. I had to get an old xp computer and use that to extract the restore. Lame.

    Summary

    Do not use this software. It isn't a full backup, just your user files, meaning if you have a catastrophic failure, you still get to reinstall every bit of software etc. Also, it is not future-proof. My computer had a catastrophic death - so I bought a new Windows 7 64 bit computer and now I can't use it to restore the Vista backup? That's absurd. Spring for a better, full-backup system that would let you restore your entire system - or get a mac that has Time Machine built in. This thing is half-a&&ed and cheap.

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