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Page 2 - More & Conclusion
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: December 04, 2002
Category: Software
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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
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 well.

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 http://www.liutilities.com.

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.

Final Score

4 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces

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