We can’t imagine modern technological era without data backup. If you care about your data – then backup is absolutely obligatory! Backup Platinum can provide you with all the range of necessary tools for secure, fast and reliable backup. It uses 128-bit Blowfish encryption and compression algorithms keeping your backups secure and small.
"Back up my files?! Are you kidding? Is that a real thing you have to do? I always thought that that was just like... you know, a figure of speech."
"Strong Bad" of Homestar Runner
Are you still thinking that performing regular backups is only for big corporations with big bucks and thousands of servers that work day and night? Let me assure you that backing up your data is just as normal as brushing your teeth in the morning. And it's as important too. It is the care about the health of your data.
It's easier than you think
Backing up isn't that hard as someone might imagine. With the help of modern automated software, backup is made simple and affordable even for a house-wife.
In today's review let's analyze one really interesting realization of such automated backup system - Backup Platinum by SoftLogica.
What do you think is an effective design of a backup application? SoftLogica solved this problem by implementing Backup Items. The Item is a single and simplest building block of your backup system. Every Item can contain several files and folders and can have its own backup properties (backup schedule and location). So all your backup can be organized with just several Items, set up to backup specific files to specific location at needed time.
And it's really comfortable to work in such way! Say, you create "Documents" Item, place My Documents folder in it, some folders with documents from another drive, etc. Then set it to backup all this stuff to flash-drive or DVD every Friday at five o'clock. And you're done! It will grab all your data from specified folders every Friday and back it up at the end of the day, and you won't have to worry about the safety of your documents anymore - everything will be done automatically.
Is it a convenient solution, isn't it?
Using VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) technology, Backup Platinum can perform backups in a background while you continue to work. VSS allows copying of open files, so there are no more messages like "This file is used by another program" or conflicts. But one little disadvantage is that VSS works only under Windows XP/2003/Vista and only with NTFS[?] file-systems.
Windows Service mode
SoftLogica Backup Platinum can be installed as a Windows Service to perform backups even if no one is logged in to the system. This can be very useful on servers, because there is no need to hold users logged in all the time.
Wide selection of backup media
Backup Platinum provides you with several options where to put your backups. And it's a wise idea not to restrict yourself backing up to local hard drives or CD/DVD disks - because any local disaster (like fire) can destroy all your data from your main workstation and all your backups at once. Thus there are some "distant-backup" options available - backup to another computer on LAN and secure FTP backup to many servers on different sides of the globe. That way - only Armageddon can make you lose your files (and I can bet you won't need them after that).
Unfortunately, tape backup isn't supported, but we'll leave it to complex (and expensive) backup systems, don't we?
Anyways, optical disk backup is presented fully - CD, DVD and even BluRay disks are supported. And with automatic volume splitting it is a pure alternative to tape or network backup, especially if you store the disks in a safe place away from main site.
Precise scheduling makes your life even better
Say that you don't like to forget things, do you? Even more - you wouldn't like to lose data because of you forgot to make a backup yesterday evening. Put everything on an automatic schedule and it won't happen again! No more headaches about forgetting something - cause computers are made to automate things and make life easier.
Powerful scheduling abilities of Backup Platinum can schedule your backup in any crazy and complex way you can ever imagine. And it will never forget to run another backup - even if you turn off your workstation it will do a backup on the next power on.
For your safety SoftLogica took care about data security for a safe and trustworthy backup. Though all Backup Platinum security is actually a strong 128-bit Blowfish ZIP encryption, but this is more than enough to make sure that no curious hands ever reach your private data. So you can safely pass Blowfish-encrypted data through the internet and don't worry about it.
In addition to backup possibilities, Backup Platinum provides us with synchronization features. For example, you have a desktop workstation and a notebook computer, and wish to work on both, but you are fed up with copying data from here to there, comparing files in folders - which files did you modify, and which you didn't? It's easy if you have a dozen of files, but what if there are hundreds of them? Here synchronization comes to help you.
Backup Platinum compares files in folders, their size, modification time and other parameters that you'll set in Synchronization Options - and then synchronizes folders relying on these parameters. So, the process looks like that: set up synchronization, do some work on PC, press "Synchronize" and continue working on the notebook! Easy, isn't it?
Try it! Free.
And for the last bit - Backup Platinum is free (during the first 30 days, of course). There is a 30-day fully functional trial period, for which you can test Backup Platinum free of charge. But this is definitely enough to get a taste of backing up your data and seriously think about purchasing a license.
If you didn't yet decide about whether you need to make backups or no, it is just the right time to take a try, and free up your head from "Oh my God, I lost my data!" fears.