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What are people saying about Backup4All Professional

Justin S This has to be the cutest looking backup software I've seen. Nice user interface.
Sep 4 2007 at 10:40am Copy Link
Don C I've been using this for about 6 months,. after trying many other products. Its the cleanest, safest solution I've found to back up regularly.

It stores the backup files in a standard zip file format, so you don't need to reinstall software to recover in the event of a disaster. Highly Recommended!!

Sep 6 2007 at 1:48am Copy Link
Steven Avery Hi Folks,

This is definitely one of the leaders of the genrè, based on comments at places like Snapfiles, DonationCoder, Lockergnome, Fileforum.

Lots of nice aspects .. the plugins sound good, they put many reviews or urls on their site, would be nice to see a discussion/support forum. Any plans ?

Could users give some of their views ? (Perhaps comparing to other good backups like Syncback or Genie-soft.) Generally web-buzz is quite favorable towards Backup4All.

The standard package actually sounds pretty hefty. However this professional at less than standard pricing would be a good deal, even if you use one or two professional features, all would be fine.

Also, do any good packages combine both regular backup and solid image backup in one .. or are those two different universes ? Backup4all mentions "mirror" .. although you can see an image in a mirror, it still sounds a bit different.

I'll probably plunge later today, looking forward to some comments from the BDJ experts.

Jan 21 2008 at 4:46am Copy Link
J-Mac J-Mac I've been using BackUp4All Pro for 8 months and I give it an "OK" rating, nothing more.

First, even though they call this a "Pro" version there are no features you would normally associate with a Professional application. Most "Pro" backup programs allow installation on at least a desktop and a notebook computer, but this one doesn't allow that: One license per computer, period. Also, most Pro versions allow backups over your network. Not this one. You can only backup files on the computer it is installed on.

No update checking of any kind. You must visit the web site and look to see if a new version or build has been released. And IF a new build is there, good luck finding out all that has changed, because they don't really list much at all about minor updates.

I find these things to be shabby for a program that claims to be a "Pro" version.

Also, after reinstalling BackUp4All Pro after reinstalling Windows XP Pro, I imported the old .ini files as directed by their support person. However it apparently mixed things up a bit and I found some backup jobs putting the files into another backup job's folder. No answer for this - guess they are working on it.

Jul 20 2008 at 5:30pm Copy Link
Carl Thorpe My wife's laptop backs up to my desktop PC every single night using Backup4All Pro. My desktop PC backs up every single night to a SMB share on a Ubuntu server in the other room. Seems like J-Mac just doesn't know how to set up the program correctly. That would be understandable except for the fact that the Wizard you can use to set up backups clearly has a place for setting up remote logins and other things necessary for a remote backup.

I have been using Backup 4 All for 17 months and I have never had a single problem with it. I have never had a scheduled backup fail, and the few times I have tried to recover from a B4A backup, it has been smooth sailing.

One of the best parts of B4A, is the company provides mutliple "plugins" on their site. These plugins can be thought of as predefined backups that get all files associated with specific programs. This makes it fool-proof to set up a backup scheme for settings and other data related to the programs you use.

Finally, the ease of setup with the wizard is great. I had all the backups I needed set up and scheduled within an hour of installing the program (and yes, that included backups to network locations).

It's a great program, and I highly recommend it at full price. With the discount, it's a no brainer.
Jul 20 2008 at 6:28pm Copy Link
Claudiu Spulber @ J-Mac
Backup4all Professional allows backups over your network, an overview of that is presented here -

As for the .ini import, the backup destination remains the same when importing so the situation you described shouldn't happen - I tried finding your email with the problem reported but had no luck (searched last 30 days emails), and usually each email is replied in at most 24 hours, you should try forwarding it again maybe it got trapped in spam filters.

We call the edition Professional because of its features, not because of the licensing method, which is a common thing among developers - Windows XP Professional allows installing it only on one computer even if it's called Professional, and there are many other examples.

Automatic updates will be included in the next version. We do not put a changelog for each created build because we do not add new features in new builds but only correct bugs or modify functionality where it's the case - when a new feature is added (or if there's a major bug corrected) we release a new version so installing new builds is recommended only in case you encounter a problem with it.
Jul 22 2008 at 2:45am Copy Link
Mike Howard Will you have an upgrade discount available?
Dec 16 2008 at 1:42pm Copy Link
Dec 22 2008 at 7:36am Copy Link
Mike H Will there be a discount for upgrades?
Jun 23 2009 at 4:13pm Copy Link
Claudiu Spulber Backup4all 4.2 will be released in the next weeks (it will be fully unicode capable) and that's a free upgrade for all registered 4.x users, this means including the ones that purchase via bitsdujour.

So by purchasing this version you'll get free upgrades until the next major version will be released (e.g. version 5 - and from v4.x to v5 there will be discounted upgrades).
Jun 28 2009 at 8:50pm Copy Link
Kevin P I've been using B4A for several years and think it's a great product. It flawlessly and automatically backs up my system every night, which has been a life saver on more than one occasion.

Also, don't underestimate the huge advantage of backing up data to the zip file format . So many other programs hold your data "hostage" in some proprietary format, but zip format is accessible with many programs, and Windows versions XP and up can read zip files without needing any 3rd party programs at all.
Jun 29 2009 at 2:14am Copy Link
Mike H What about for Backup4All 3 owners? Is there a discount today to upgrade?
Jun 29 2009 at 3:16am Copy Link
Claudiu Spulber @Mike H
For Backup4all 3 owners you can get the discounted upgrade price via (just enter your key and you'll see the discounted price), the bitsdujour discount doesn't apply to the upgrade
Jun 29 2009 at 11:19pm Copy Link
S.C. great software. i have been using it for a year now on 3 different rigs. i am very pleased with it in every way. will buy another license for my new laptop!.
Feb 11 2010 at 9:50am Copy Link
Blair G I checked over the product, but I can't find info on restoring a complete system? If I have a backup somewhere, how does one restore or recover from a failed disk. Does this product make it easy? Last time I had a HD failure, it was very painful to restore with a fresh install, reinstall apps, copy data from backups, etc. Hope it's not a silly question, but I'm no expert.
Feb 12 2010 at 6:32am Copy Link
Bob S Blair - I'm no expert either, but I've tried multiple options and eventually ended up w/ a combination of solutions, each (I think) "best' at what they do:
1. Backup4All for periodic backups (monthly)
2. Drive Cloner Rx for "bare metal restore (also monthly)
3. Crashplan Central for continuous online backup (data, files only)

and a couple of others for specialized backups (Outlook; system; drivers; etc.)

May be overkill, but when you have the need you're very glad you have one of the best, easiest solutions to solve the problem.

I have found Backup4All to be very straightforward, transparent, and easy to use (and to find and restore files, folders, etc.). Haven't had to do a "restore" from HD failure, although I'm about to use Drive Cloner Rx to copy everything to a backup PC.
Feb 12 2010 at 3:45pm Copy Link
Bob S I purchased and have used Backup4All when it was last offered on bits du jour.  While I do like the interface, I've encountered a couple of problems: 1. Backup doesn't complete when the "Backup open files" option is enabled. 2. Program crashed/didn't complete when the "Test backup" option is enabled. Lastly (and this may not differ from other backup programs), it does take a long time to backup (approx. 12 hrs. for a 150Gb hard disk - Mirror Backup).
Aug 16 2010 at 3:41pm Copy Link
Joe Doe Bob S, what was Softland's reaction? Have they fixed that?
Aug 16 2010 at 8:29pm Copy Link
Stephane M Hi,
What are license and upgrade policies?
License per user or per computer? Free lifetime upgrades available?
Discount for next major version?

Thanks in advance.
Aug 17 2010 at 1:35am Copy Link
Bob S I sent an e-mail to Backup4All tech support yesterday but haven't received a reply yet.  Will provide an update when I do hear...
Aug 17 2010 at 1:29pm Copy Link
Stephane M It seems we will not hear anything from the vendor here today.
Aug 17 2010 at 1:53pm Copy Link
Robert Edwards I've used this software for years and love it
May 11 2012 at 4:11am Copy Link
Steven Avery Hi,

Last time I looked the program (which generally is very nice) forced backup. When I save a lot of small files to save, I definitely do not want a zip, I want to see and work directly with the file structure. .zip makes sense when you want to condense, non-proprietary, but why force condensation ? Remember, drives today are terabyte and we look at them with Total Commander, etc. so the best backups are often the ones that maintain the full file structure.

Did I miss something, or does B4All (I own an earlier version) force a .zip. If it does, I will pass on an upgrade, and work with Cobian and some others.


Another feature that would be helpful is a flexible drive (or front-end of the path) for the target location. So that you do not have to make various copies of the backup if you go to various assigned drives. This is rare in backup software.


Another request would be for a simulation / test mode. I do not think that is available, and it is a helpful feature.

May 12 2012 at 6:36am Copy Link
Brian H I trtied for deal!
May 12 2012 at 11:53pm Copy Link
Robert Edwards ZIP is normal backup storage. You can set it to MIRROR mode which keeps the files in their native format. I myself use the MIRROR mode to an FTP site. I also use the ZIP mode to backup to a local external hard drive.
May 21 2012 at 4:47am Copy Link
Steven Avery Thanks.

I have 3.11, and yes, this is mentioned that way in the Help, which answers the concern. However I do not find Mirror in the wizard, or the editing mode. Am I missing something obvious or was it added later ?

May 23 2012 at 9:20am Copy Link
Oliv. The vendor uses Plimus and ShareIt. Only ShareIt allows PayPal and, unfortunately, the BDJ coupon does not work with it.
Jun 9 2012 at 9:04am Copy Link
Dillon Geo Can anyone comment this product and Acronis True Image 2012? Thanks.
Jun 9 2012 at 3:00pm Copy Link
Dunking " Can anyone comment this product and Acronis True Image 2012?"

Not True Image specifically (that's a 'not recommended' application here) but I used Backup4All extensively from version 2 to version 5 in 2015.

First, you need to be sure what you want to achieve. Is it just a copy of your data somewhere or do you want the full disaster recovery in case your hard disk fails? When I was using this, Backup4All was NOT suitable for disaster recovery. That is, you couldn't restore a backup onto a bare disk but needed to install Windows and then Backup4All to get your data back. System files like the registry? Forget it. So, no, it was not comparable to imaging software such as True Image.

Next, I had a a few problems which Softland worked to clear up, mostly successfully. There was one problem (copying only changed files) which persistently failed to be resolved, so instead of copying a few MB per night it would copy the whole lot of many BG, tying up the systems unnecessarily. Not necessarily a killer problem but annoying.

There were other gotchas to watch out for - a file removed from the destination would not be re-copied, and there seemed to be no way to force a refresh apart form forcing the whole job again. Potentially nasty if you never noticed the file gone.

What stopped me from using Backup4All was when trying to resolve one of these problems with Softland. I needed to check that Backup4All was accessing a particular file, so used ProcMon from Sysinternals to check. Backup4All refused to run and poppsed up a dialog saying, and I quote, "A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program."

That killed it for me and I never touched the program again. I simply cannot allow my data to be held hostage in such a way, and it show the mentality of Softland.

As to alternatives, for data backup I use SyncBack from 2BrightSparks. It is not disaster recovery but does what Backup4All would like to do (and does it reliably).

For disaster recovery, which is what True Image is aimed at, I use Macrium Reflect. I've had one bad experience with that but I nevertheless trust them. Reflect will also do file-and-folder backups (which is what Backup4All tries to do) but SyncBack is more appropriate for that kind of thing.

Hiope that helps.
Sep 28 2017 at 8:55am Copy Link
Mustang Given the current release is v6.6, how will upgrades to v7 be handled.
Sep 29 2017 at 7:09am Copy Link
Daniel User Fully agree with Dunking: I was attempted to buybackup4all. But the price is just to high, the GUI is not comfortable.

And most important: I also had my experiencces with Softland - for a PDF progrm but it's the same.

As Dunking I am using Macrium Reflect to achieve disaste recovery, for a quite accetable price. Performance and funtionalities quite same as TrueImage (wich I used for mor maney years before - but not its slow bloatware).

Macrium Reflect is very fast, very reliable - and its all you need. It really saved my a** more than two time after complete system failure.
Sep 29 2017 at 8:32am Copy Link

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