Personal Backup Review based on his wizard

This article was modified on 2012-08-25 17:58:07


Personal Backup is one of the most interesting and user-friendly backup software that I've recently discovered. For a quick-introduction you may want to read this article.

Quick Personal Backup Review: If you need a reliable backup program that is easy to use and also comes with advanced capabilities try this application. It can perform almost all the backup actions that you would ever need such as: unlimited configurable tasks, restore of directory structures, normal and archive files such as zip, FTP backups, backup schedules etc. It has a complete list of features available on Personal Backup homepage. The only "limitation" of this program is that he runs on Windows (almost all versions) and he cannot save and restore system files.

Without getting too much in all kind of details, here's a short preview of what to expect from this software. I have downloaded Personal Backup from his homepage and installed the program on my computer. When you attempt to start the application for the first time, you're going to see the following window:

Create and configure a new backup task

This window will separate advanced users from beginners. Obviously, for a better example, I have chosen the first option - Start Wizard which took me to the second window from where I need to select two things: source and destination of the backup.

Note: In this example, the backup destination is on a local drive (by default is selected) and for the destination directory I will have to click on "Select destination directory" button (I have highlighted that button with the red color).

Select destination directory

Once I've pressed the "Select destination directory" button, a new small window will open. As you can see, I will navigate (browse) and choose a removable disk drive (USB stick) and hit "OK" button.

Note: When you perform a backup it's always recommended to use an external device and not an internal partition of the same hard drive. Having two copies of the same content on two different devices is always a good idea.

Browse Microsoft Windows directories

Right-after, the small browsing window will close and it looks like nothing happened. The window looks like it was before but something just changed. The destination directory has now a path - I have highlighted this using the green color. In order to move further I will click on "Next" button.

Destination directory added

From this point, I have to choose what to backup. As you can see the program allows you to backup the well-known "My Documents" directory, "Application Data" or "Other Directory". In most of the cases I will choose "Other Directory" - again I have highlighted this.

Other directory button

Once I've hit the "Other Directory" button, a new, small window will appear. From here, I need to navigate to the folder that contains the files that I want to backup. As you can see, they are located on C: directory in a folder named "Europe Pics". It could be any other location. Once I have selected them, I will need to click on "OK" button.

Select a directory for backup

Here's the confirmation, once that small window will close, the program will take me to the previous window but now I can see the directories that will be backed up. Please note that you can add more of them, in this example I have chosen only one folder. I will click on "Next" button to move on.

Backup confirmation

At this step, Personal Backup wizard window will allow me to choose between several options. Considering that I never used this program before I will let him to decide. By default, he is making the right choice. Unless you really know what you're doing don't modify the default settings. Click "Next".

Backup data options

This window deserves a little explanation. The first part contains 16 tasks. As you can see, in the second part, you can configure (schedule) Personal Backup to backup your files automatically. But, in order to do this, you need to assign a number for this task. Right-after, choose the condition such as on logon or logon off and obviously an hour and a day. In my example, I didn't need this feature so I've clicked on "Done" button.

Default backup options

This is a mandatory action, the program will ask me to provide a name. The right name would be the one that allows me to remember what I have backed up. So I've named this task as "Europe Pics" so that I can remember later what was about.

Save current task

Once, I hit the "Save" button, a new window will open. This is the main Personal Backup software interface. When you open the program for the first time, as you remember you have to select between beginners or expert users. The expert choice will bring you here, in this interface. As you may probably realized, in this example, there is no need feel intimidated by the professional look of this window. There is only one button that I need to press. It's named "Start Backup" - again - I have highlighted this button with the red color.

Personal Backup

I am almost ready, there is only one button left - "Start Backup" button, the software will start the backup process, depending on how many of them and computer resources you should see the following window.

Backup process started

When the operation will end and the files have been successfully backed up you should see a small message that says "Backup completed" and all you need to do is to click on "Done" button. I would add something, if you like this program, remember that it's free and the author needs your support so please consider a DONATION here.

Backup process completed



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