It’s the function we all dread having to do, but know there’s no excuse not to do – backing up your PC to make sure you don’t lose all that precious data you’ve spent months assembling. Novosoft has been addressing this issue with its Handy Backup for some time and its latest Professional version 6.9 attempts to catch up with modern developments.
Intended to be simple to operate and largely unobtrusive, Handy Backup Professional is quick to install, and the central pop-up window offers three principal data operations: Backup, Restore and Synchronise. You then follow the basic step-by-step task wizard which leads you through multiple-choice options until the job is done.
Backup to SFTP servers
Every task can be scheduled down to the last minute, and can be configured to operate as a Windows service so it effectively runs quietly in the background while you get on with the rest of your work. As well as standard file, folder, document and photo backup, you can perform a complete disk image backup so that the whole hard disk, OS, applications and settings can be swiftly restored after disaster strikes.
In addition, backups can be made to SFTP servers as well as to DVDs, external hard drives, LAN and FTP, plus database tables can be backed up using ODBC connectivity. If you need to comply with office encryption, that can be enabled automatically, as well as zip compression – and according to storage space, you can set each subsequent backup to be full, incremental, differential or mirror, plus use filters to include or exclude certain files.
We also found the one or two-way synchronisation especially useful for updating compatible folders between, say, a laptop drive and an external hard drive. Software updates are also regular – version 6.9.6 is already out with two new plug-ins for 64-bit versions of Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SGL Server.
Backup times are also comparatively speedy – we averaged about 20 minutes for 5GB of documents and photos. However, there’s no built-in checker to make sure your backup was totally successful.
- Easy operation; flexible backup options.
- No UK-based telephone support number available.
Handy Backup Professional 6.9 is an invaluable tool for small and medium businesses who in addition to backing up documents, files, Outlook and desktop can now also perform image and database backups to SFTP servers for a very reasonable price.