Backup software comparison table with reviews

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software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
rating?my opionion about this software
price
Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
rating?my opionion about this software
price

~35€

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
?Manual suggests weak password
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
?Alarms user but has problems with changing windows drive letters
rating?my opionion about this software
price

Freeware

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
?No error handling in case of missing drive. This is intended due to CLI version. You can code your own mail notification.
rating?my opionion about this software
price

Freeware

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
?No general overview of existing file versions. https://github.com/duplicati/duplicati/issues/72
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
?Big warning shown that drive is missing, no automatic backup after drive is reinserted. ### No mechansim to continue failed restore or backup process ###
rating?my opionion about this software
price

Freeware

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
rating?my opionion about this software
price

$49,99

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
?warnings and errors not displayed correctly
rating?my opionion about this software
price

Freeware

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
rating?my opionion about this software
price

Win 10 Pro

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
?fails to recognize backup media correctly
rating?my opionion about this software
price

Freeware

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
?reminds you if backup drive is missing; may fail to recognize the correct drive
rating?my opionion about this software
?Usability is a catastrophe, the default options set by the application are questionable
price

Freeware

Review
software
versioning
encrypted
easy restore?Can versions be restored in a comprehensive manner? Is it possible to restore with standard software or is the proprietary software needed?
error handling?Does the application reminds you if a backup failed or if the drive is missing?
?Test has been aborted due to missing versioning feature.
rating?my opionion about this software
price

Freeware

Review

Backup software compare table

The following table gives an overview about the capabilities of backup software available in the internet. The list is not complete and only reflects my experiences with this software and my personal opinion. The linked youtube videos are in german.

My first intention was to check free backup software but most of it was not working as intended as you can see in the list.

Requirements

The minimum requirement for a backup tool is its proper backup capability and the files versioning. Also the restore should work flawlessly.

What is Versioning?

Versioning makes sure that you can restore files which you deleted or altered by accident in the source file system. Several versions of one file will be kept if the file has been changed over time. A good user interface will present you a good overview about all available versions in your backup.

Why should I encrypt my backup?

You may loose your hard drive on which all your private data is stored. In this case the encryption will protect you. Even if you erase you unencrypted data, it is easily possible to restore it (think of selling your HDD). Only a backup software which supports encryption can make sure that only legitimate access to the data is performed.

Error handling

The software should be able to detect a faulty backup and at the same time inform you about the issue. In case of a missing USB drive it should remind you to plug the device in and start the backup without interaction needed by the user.

Easy restore

It should be possible to get an overview about all backuped data and an easy way to restore it. The best way would be a restore without the need of propietary software. Some backup software stores the files as encrypted zip archive. In this case you don’t need the original backup to access all your files.

My favourite

Detailed comparison between Duplicati and Duplicacy. A Web GUI für Duplicacy has already be announced is available.

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