Page 2 - More & Conclusion
The actual backup process is straight forward. If you are backing up to
a disk, WinBackup collects and then compresses [and encrypts if desired]
your data to the specified location. If you choose to burn it to a CD,
it saves it to disk and then burns it to CD. So, you must have at least
enough space for the backup to be saved on your hard disk.
Data > Temp Backup > CD
Restoring is just as easy. You click the restore button and you're on
your way. You simply select the files/folders you would like to restore
and it does its thing. There are some handy options available at restore
time as well (overwrite, overwrite older files, don't overwrite). Other
than that, there is nothing else involved in restoring files. As a
side note, you can search for files to restore in the restore dialog as
As it turned out, I had to use this product to its fullest extent
because the day before I received it, one of the disks in my RAID 0 array
(IBM, go figure) started to die. I was able to use WinBackup to save all
my data to my local Linux file server, install the new disks, setup the new array,
and have WinBackup restore my files flawlessly! I should note I had to do
a little tinkering with the emails to get them to work right (not WinBackup's
fault), but other than that everything I backed up was just as it was
before I lost the disk.
WinBackup is a solid product. However, it is not without its faults. When
I first installed the software it was not even capable of burning to CD.
The program would just hang. I had to download the update in order to get
the program to burn to CD and even then the burning speed was very slow even
on a 48x burner (because you can't select a burner speed). I am sure all
future copies will ship with the solid version on the CD.
Also, I would not deem WinBackup 'corporation worthy' as it does not
provide any heavy duty tools. I don't believe that LIUtilities intended it
to be so either. There are also a couple things I wish WinBackup would
have offered. I think it would have been nice if there was a quick and
simple way to clear the log. Also, I think the exception handling in a
few important places is a bit poor. For instance, when you try to backup
your email files, if you leave Outlook open, WinBackup hangs rather than
alerts you to the problem. Not a huge issue, but it's something I think
should be addressed.
Price wise, WinBackup is not too heavy on the wallet either ($39.95 normally
and $29.95 till December 7th, 2002) if you get the ESD version (download it
rather get it in a box). It's available in the boxed form for a $49.95. So,
if you have a burner (which you most likely do if you're going to be burning
backups) you can save a bunch by just downloading it and burning to a disc.
You can pickup a copy at
WinBackup is a easy to use, simplistic program that makes backing up
your computer quick and painless. It's not for the corporate market but
it will serve the home user nicely.
4 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces
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