The worst thing can happen is to loose all you the pictures you made in the last 2 years or all the customer information you gathered in the last 5 days. These kind of scenarios can happen to anyone and unless you create a duplicate of your data (a backup) you cannot recover it. There are many ways in which data can be accidentally destroyed:
- Hardware failure
- Software failure
- Accidents (fire, water, earth quake)
Handy Backup from Novosoft is a solution that can help in this unfortunate situations (if is used prior to those events :) ). Unlike most other backup software out there, Handy Backup doesn’t treat your data like faceless chunks of memory. As quickly and efficiently as o2 broadband, it gets the job done while treating your data with care. It features a complete, extensible plug-in-based system and a variety of plug-ins designed to back up settings, playlists, tweaks and preferences. New plugins care be created with basic XML knowledge.
As expected, Handy Backup can:
- Create backup, restore and synchronization tasks
- Schedule tasks (hourly, daily, monthly)
- Backup of different supports (depending on the version you have): Local Disk, FTP, SFTP, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, Online Account
- Create full or incremental backup with or without compression and encryption
IT-experts can take advantage of extended feature set including disk image backup and database backup. There are several plug-ins that can handle backup and restore of most popular DBMS including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle database, IBM DB2 Data Server, Lotus Domino/Notes environment, and a common Database Backup plug-in that can be used for any ODBC-compatible databases. Also, there is a plug-in for backing up Microsoft Exchange Server stores.
The interface is minimalistic and the application uses ~9 MB of RAM memory. Some might say that the interface is too old-style but I find it pleasant and it is really easy to access any function. However there are some language problems in the GUI – the English is not always correct.
|Slim interface||Not 100% correct English|
|Plugins||Sometime the CPU usage goes to 100% with no reason|
|Support for database backup||No support for stack backups/versioning – maybe in a future version?|
|Final grade: 9/10|