Handy Backup has a pack of features allowing users fully controlling what, where, when and how to take copies of any data on their PCs or even networks. Some editions allow purchasing feature when a user feel a need for it; other, like a Small Business solution, already contain all features out-of-the-box.
Backup is saving copies of information to some secured place, physically or logically separated among an original data storage. This allows always keeping a good, consistent copy of crucial data and restoring these data at any time when a need will emerge. Therefore, backup can protect from any peril!
What Is Backup File Utility Can Do?
Any backup software, including Handy Backup, has some set of principal features working with backup tasks. To compare feature set from different editions of Handy Backup, please refer to the Backup Software Comparison Chart. For convenience of browsing, we divide all features into several categories.
What to Back up
Thanks to a well-developed plug-in architecture, the list of supported data source options can impress or even enjoy. With Handy Backup, you can work with different file systems, databases, applications, and much more.
System Recovery - takes a bootable image of a system drive in a VHD format for restoring, mapping as a virtual drive or even starting a system image on a virtual machine like VirtualBox.
Registry Backup - saves a copy of your current Windows registry. This option can save a lot of time when you attempt a recovery or restore your system after some malicious attack.
Centralized Backup by Network
What is backup data by network? In this mode, you can use all features described in this article to backup files from a single management panel in a local network. Save data remotely, making an efficient online backup without physically moving between different machines!
Server backup – allows saving server-level data, such as databases, virtual machines, websites and FTP content, to any local storage connected to network machines, or to remote data vaults including local and Internet-based FTP servers, clouds etc.
Workstation backup - provides backup functions for remote user PCs and workstations running under any type of OS, to save projects, workfiles, emails and other user-level data wherever you want, including local, network and Web-connected storage of almost any type in exist.
Attention! Only the Server Network solution provides the centralized network backup function. In addition, you must purchase a Network Agent of appropriate type (i.e. a Server Agent or a Workstation Agent) to each machine connected to your network, if you plan to back up to and from this machine.
Backup to Box, BackBlaze, 4shared or Wasabi S3 Cloud Backup - as for Amazon S3, these storage features allow you using your account on some popular cloud as your backup destination.
For any users and any needs, Handy Backup allows selecting the most appropriate storage feature for keeping backup data.
The software comes with a wide range of options, including data compression, encryption, scheduling and much more.
Filtering, Selecting and Verifying Options
Backup Filtering - you apply filters based on file attributes, or specify include/exclude file masks to back up only files you need.
Backup in native formats - preserving original formats of any uncompressed, unencrypted files in copies, which allows browsing, replacing and modifying files from these copies without complete recovery.
Open File Backup – you can select locked files for “hot” backup, as the utility uses a Volume Shadow Copying Service to snapshot files used by other applications.
Backup Verification* - sometimes it is useful to verify that all backups were made error free, e.g. after transferring the files via an FTP or to some cloud.
Selective Restoration - recover, copy or clone your data to a different place than the source by using the “Change restore location” dialog when create a task for restoring the information.
Backup Controlling Features
Backup as Service - for maximum security of PC data, you can set up Windows service and have all jobs always started in time, even with no user logged in.
Easy-to-use interface - an intuitive graphical environment (GUI) for creating and controlling backup tasks.
Two-mode task wizard - allows creating new tasks of any type in simple or advanced mode, with a latter option adding some extra steps to task creation but exploring all features and functions of Handy Backup.
Event logs/reports backups - by viewing the log file, your stay informed about all executed tasks and task statuses, as well as errors.
Email notifications - sending operation results to you regularly providing you with up-to-date information about the progress of task execution and errors.
Other program to run before/after running backup tasks - you can schedule any task to run before or after a selected program.
*Note: Backup verification is temporarily unavailable in the latest version, 8.3.5.
Compression and Encryption
Backup with ZIP - built-in ZIP compression engine lets you minimize backups (and if you are backing up online, time and storage space used).
Backup Encryption - allows encrypting any file with a 128-bit BlowFish algorithm, to reduce possible risks during the transfer and storage.
Backup Scheduling - you can define a backup plan and run backup and recovery tasks automatically with a period of repeating set from months to minutes.
Triggering Backups by USB Plugging or by Other Event - you can also launch your task on logon/logoff, force to run a missed task, or even start a task when connecting a USB unit linked with this task to your PC!
Note: You can back up Windows Servers and workstations working under both 32- and 64-bit platforms. Handy Backup will automatically select an appropriate type of software, according to the configuration of machine and OS.
Backup Linux - you can run Handy Backup from some Linux distros under Wine, or as a part of a network architecture (for network-oriented editions).