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Robert Keen Missed ordering TK8 Backup by 4 minutes. Let me know when it is discounted again.
Sep 9 2008 at 5:17pm Copy Link
Adrian Williams I'm a bit of a backup nut, I must admit. I already use ajc backup (occasionally offered on bits du jour) and for a full PC backup I use Terabyte's image for windows and their boot-it NG (another BDJ offer). Finally I use Static EMail backup for my Thunderbird email backups.
I've been looking for a suitable piece of software to work alongside these methods of backup, mainly for archiving and off-line backup. I've tried kls backup and backup4all. The kls software is quite expensive and never seems to have any discounts so when I saw TK8 I thought I'd give it a try.
The software has all the features offered by the other backup software I've used and it has a clean and well thought out interface. You can see all the history of backups and the use of colour shows whether the backup was successful or not. I found this the easiest software to use and the scheduling functions should cover all needs.
I tried to backup Thunderbird and found that the default profile was backed up but not my main one. No problem - since I store the Thunderbird data on a separate partition I just needed to modify the settings to include the 2nd profile folder.
I emailed support and was pleased to receive a reply in about just over 1hour. The reply was detailed and answered my questions fully. Thank you Tonis for that.
In summary, the software is easy to use, flexible and will cater for all your backup needs, including off-line backups like CD/DVD and FTP. Scheduling is available or set the backup as a one-off. Compression and encryption is optional but available if required. Backup methods like full, differential and incremental are also selectable.

Considering the massive discount offered for the pro version it's a must-have backup option. I'll be ordering my copy on Tuesday!
Mar 22 2009 at 10:02pm Copy Link
ehab hi,

may i suggest you use another image instead of the man sitting with his hands on his face, it really looks negative and puts me down by recalling other misfortunes i had.

my regards
Jul 2 2010 at 11:03pm Copy Link
Stan @ehab: Take a look at their homepage to see the full image. I like it ;)
Jul 5 2010 at 5:06pm Copy Link
Jim Maioriello @ TK8 Software,

Hi, I visited your website and noticed the list price of the Professional version is listed as $39.95, but it appears as $49.90 on bdj.  Why are they different?

I also, I am not familiar with this product.  How long has it been on the market?
Jul 6 2010 at 1:41am Copy Link
Tonis Kask 1. The current price here (49.90) includes lifetime upgrade protection.
2. TK8 Backup has been on the market since 2003 (7 years now) and is reviewed by many magazines, including PC Magazine.
TK8 Software - Jul 6 2010 at 2:54am Copy Link
Jim Maioriello Thank you for the reply.

I have been playing with the demo version of the program for a couple of days now and I like the product.
Jul 6 2010 at 5:49am Copy Link
Adrian Williams Buy it Jim, You'll be a very satisfied customer. :)
Jul 7 2010 at 4:06am Copy Link
Jim Maioriello I did Adrian,  I can't pass up a good deal!!

Now I need to work on a more intelligent backup strategy, which is something I have been putting off :(
Jul 7 2010 at 4:24am Copy Link
Aditya Sethi Looking for when this will be offered again.
Dec 28 2010 at 3:35am Copy Link
Tomasz Lisowski Interesting. If a backup is scheduled and the target is not available (e.g. the USB drive is not connected), what does the software do?

Does it prompt the user to connect the drive? Can it recognise that the correct USB drive has been connected and prompt the user until the right one is provided? Is it possible to launch a backup job on connection of a particular USB drive, as opposed to setting up a timed schedule?
Jul 27 2011 at 12:48am Copy Link
Tonis Kask There are several choices for such situations. By default the backup is skipped and executed immediately once the target becomes available again. The program has indeed an 'scheduling' option to start the backup task when particular storage device is connected.
TK8 Software - Jul 27 2011 at 6:49am Copy Link
Antoine I am testing your app but Security features fails : I can't restore password protected or encrypted backup files.
Any solution provided ?
Jul 29 2011 at 9:14am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Are you getting some kind of error message? Also - can you open those backup files with some other ZIP application (as the program is using standard ZIP encryption and password protection).
TK8 Software - Jul 29 2011 at 10:05am Copy Link
Overtkill Any plans for RAR compression?

Jul 29 2011 at 10:06am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Sorry but no plans for the RAR support at the moment.
TK8 Software - Jul 29 2011 at 10:09am Copy Link
Antoine Nope I can't open the files with other software.
I have tested Winrar and 7-Zip.
I use Windows 7 x64 / French locale.

TK8 Settings are quite the default.
Error message in Restoring Backup windows is : Cannot open file "". La syntaxe du nom de fichier, de répertoire ou de volume est incorrecte. and appears after I enter and validate the password.

I have tested both with special characters and without.
Jul 29 2011 at 10:21am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Is this happening with one particular backup task or with all tasks? If you have only one task, please create a small test backup task and use some simple and short password as a test (for example 'test').
TK8 Software - Jul 29 2011 at 10:29am Copy Link
Antoine All encrypted files fails. Only some protected (with strong passwords) fails.
Jul 29 2011 at 3:23pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask To be honest I haven't heard of such situation before in 8 years thus I do not know what is causing this exactly and how to solve this. It is very strange that some files are protected fine and others are not. I suspect there might be something in your computer that is corrupting your backup files at the time they are written to your hard drive.
TK8 Software - Jul 29 2011 at 11:20pm Copy Link
Fred Schall Is this an imaging program for the entire HD and or computer?
Jul 30 2011 at 7:18pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask No. It is for file backups.
TK8 Software - Jul 30 2011 at 10:59pm Copy Link
Jack G IQuestion: Can we buy more than one license or is it limited to one? We have 4 computers and by coincidence we were looking at this product and Norton Ghost in the beginning or the month.
Jan 14 2012 at 3:10am Copy Link
Tonis Kask It's not limited to one. Once the promotion is active, you can increase the quantity on the order form.
TK8 Software - Jan 14 2012 at 3:17am Copy Link
ehab hi Tonis

currently i am looking for such a backup application but didn't have time to try different vendors.

my question:
If i purchased this promotion does the "60 day money back guarantee" apply? Off course i will only ask this if i get issues or not completely satisfied

my regards
Jan 14 2012 at 4:00am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi! Yes, if you face any issues and/or the program does not satisfy your needs you will get your money back.
TK8 Software - Jan 14 2012 at 4:36am Copy Link
Bennet Immanuel @ Tk8 vendor,

Lifetime upgrade protection covers the upgrades only for 3 years or for the life of the product? I could see in your website that it is for 3 years. Kindly confirm.
Jan 14 2012 at 4:37am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Default upgrade protection we have is for 3 years. If you have purchased lifetime upgrade protection then any version we release in the future is free to you.
TK8 Software - Jan 14 2012 at 4:53am Copy Link
Bennet Immanuel @Tonis,
How many computers does the license covers? is it for a single computer?
Jan 14 2012 at 3:37pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask We have user based licenses, not computer based. So if you are the one using the program then you need only one license for all your computers. If there are other people using the software as well, they need a license of their own (or a multi-user license).
TK8 Software - Jan 14 2012 at 11:28pm Copy Link
Jack G Oh nice, I thought it was per computer, my wife and I have 4 computers(2 each) so would we need one license for each of us?
Jan 15 2012 at 1:46am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Yes, 2 licenses is enough for you.
TK8 Software - Jan 15 2012 at 2:29am Copy Link
Robert S Can this work from a portable USB drive?
Jan 15 2012 at 10:35pm Copy Link
Bennet Immanuel @Tonis,

Thanks a lot for clarifying. I have been trying your program for 2 days. So far I love the functionality. Eager to buy it. Finally I need one clarification. It seems the program consumes 30Mb realtime when it is idle, and 45Mb (along with Backup.exe) when backup is taking place. Is it normal?

Also I was trying the Tk8 Note program. You have developed the best interface for stickynotes. However again the memory consumption is too high 32Mb. I think it is quite high for a sticky note program. Sorry for being irrelevant to the topic. But if you can improve memory consumption of your programs, it would be very great.
Jan 15 2012 at 10:35pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Robert! The program has to be installed to the computer. It cannot work from the portable drive.
TK8 Software - Jan 15 2012 at 11:44pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Bennet Immanuel,

Yes, the memory consumption around 30 MB is normal for TK8 Backup. Although idle, it is actually monitoring your schedule (and file changes if set up that way).

The new version of StickyNotes (will be released in a week or two) takes a bit less memory (about 25 MB when idle; although it depends how many notes you currently have open on your desktop). In this program the nice graphics is what to blame.

When you take a look at Microsoft Live Messenger or Skype, then they are consuming 30 MB and 150 MB when idle. I will not say that 30 MB used by TK8 is small amount, but today it is extremely hard to create a software with innovative user interface like StickyNotes) and a lot of features (like TK8 Backup) that would take less memory than those 30 MB.
TK8 Software - Jan 15 2012 at 11:56pm Copy Link
Pavi Johnson Hi, very interested!

Some questions:
1) Do you use the MS VSS to make sure opened/locked files are backed up as well? I have had some trouble with some files (like .pst or open documents) with my current backup solution.

2) Your website says this is a user license. So okay to install and use on more than 1 machine I have at home?

I'll be testing, but this really looks like what I was waiting for!

Best, /Pavi
Jan 16 2012 at 2:26am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Pavi,

1) VSS is not used. It's added to the next version, hopefully. So the program can back up open files but not if they are open exclusively. The way Outlook is backed up is that the program will send a closing request to the Outlook. Once Outlook is closed the backup is created and Outlook started after that. It, of course, means that it's good to back up Outlook at the time you are not dealing with your emails (for example at night).

2) Yes, we are using user based licenses. If you are the one using the program then you can install it to all your computers.
TK8 Software - Jan 16 2012 at 6:08am Copy Link
BENNET User @Tonis,

I agree with you. Stick notes really has very good interface. I will sacrifice 30 mb of ram for that :) Regarding TK8 backup, again 30mb of memory is not bad as almost every back program would consume same or more amount of ram (results got from trailing other backup softwares). Thanks a lot for your response.
Jan 16 2012 at 9:20am Copy Link
Pavi Johnson Hi Tonis,

If VSS is going to be added, I will buy and use it carefully until this update.

Thanks! /Pavi
Jan 17 2012 at 1:46am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Pavi,

I cannot promise you the VSS in the next version. Yes, we do our best to add it, but sometimes things will not materialize (like it happens with other software companies too). Take the program as it is and buy when it suits your needs.

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Jan 17 2012 at 2:26am Copy Link
Pavi Johnson Hi Tonis,

Thanks, I will buy now as I think VSS support is more of a luxury than a requirement. Also I want to support your development!

I understand that you don't promise this feature in the next version, and I really appreciate that honesty as a lot of developers overpromise and underdeliver.

Best, /Pavi
Jan 17 2012 at 3:25am Copy Link
Merle One Hi,
Does the discount applies to an upgrade from a regular license (Pro bought in 2008) to this lifetime license ? Thanks.
Jan 17 2012 at 5:29am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Merle, Would you like to upgrade to the latest version? If so, then please contact us directly and we will give you the upgrade link. To get another and/or additional license, you can indeed use this promotion.
TK8 Software - Jan 17 2012 at 5:45am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Dylan! Yes, TK8 Backup is strictly file backup software and cannot make image backups.
TK8 Software - Jan 17 2012 at 5:46am Copy Link
Luis Ang Hi, I tried but it can't back up some of my files that come with Chinese character. Nice piece of software...
Jan 17 2012 at 7:05am Copy Link
Merle One @Toni : mail sent. Thanks !
Jan 17 2012 at 7:21am Copy Link
Mark K With the exception of some features like incremental/differential backup, etc., How does this software differ from synchronization/backup software like GoodSync?
Jan 17 2012 at 7:39am Copy Link
VLM Yes, I have the same question about GoodSync. Does TK8 Backup handle bidirectional synchronization. That is, from a set of 2 locations, does it enable backing up the most recent or user selected version of a file that appears in both locations?
Jan 17 2012 at 9:00am Copy Link
matt User I currently use Trueimage 2010. It appears that this is strictly a file/folder backup and will not "image" the computer. Is that correct? Thanks. Dylan
Jan 17 2012 at 9:01am Copy Link
Stephen Stimac Do you support MIRROR backups? By far this is my favorite format. It's so easy to reclaim a single file that was deleted by accident.
Jan 17 2012 at 9:12am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Luis Ang! Indeed if you are using "Chinese characters" aka double-byte characters then the backup can fail.
TK8 Software - Jan 17 2012 at 9:56am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Mark! Main difference is that GoodSync (in my understanding) is dedicated synchronization software and TK8 Backup is a backup software. You can trial them both and decide which one you need or like.
TK8 Software - Jan 17 2012 at 9:57am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi VLM! There are no synchronization features in TK8 Backup.
TK8 Software - Jan 17 2012 at 9:57am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hello Stephen! Mirror backup type is not present. There are full, incremental, differential and combined (with full + incremental) backup types you can choose from for each backup task you have.
TK8 Software - Jan 17 2012 at 10:00am Copy Link
Pavi Johnson I have been testing TK8, and I like it.. a lot! It is lightweight, fast, and has all the features you need in a backup software (compression, encryption, ftp/network, incremental/differential backups, scheduling, profiles, restore individual files, etc.).

Disk images are a bit overrated, at least for me, since Windows get "gummed up" after a while anyway. Just make an image soon after installation with the Win 7 backup tool, and if your drive crashes, restore the image, install required programs and restore necessary files.

Sync software is a different story, and if you need to take work home, why not use dropbox or ftp? Multiple file copies is a bit redundant at on large scale.

Overall, a quality product that is easy to use,

Best, /Pavi
Jan 17 2012 at 10:57am Copy Link
VLM Pavi, IMO, neither Dropbox nor ftp is nearly as secure as having my data right here, where I can look at it. (smile :)
Jan 17 2012 at 12:28pm Copy Link
BENNET User @Tonis

Hi Tonis,
I just purchased the program. Thanks for the offer. I request you to run a promotion on your "Sticky notes" program also in BDJ. It is another nice tool. If possible please plan that promotion once.
Jan 17 2012 at 2:10pm Copy Link
J L Is there any way to backup the registry settings with this program? I would like to backup some program settings that are stored there.
Jan 17 2012 at 4:41pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi J L, Unfortunately you cannot back up registry with TK8 Backup.
TK8 Software - Jan 17 2012 at 9:12pm Copy Link
Pavi Johnson @VLM - I guess I don't think about this too much since I just VPN into work, and also I have a lot of files. I also wouldn't want to forget to sync and end up working on an older version.

What about GoodSync USB version (recently featured here) + TK8 backup?

Best, /Pavi
Jan 17 2012 at 11:43pm Copy Link
Jaap Aap Your description states that:

1. TK8 Backup uses the popular ZIP compression algorithm, meaning you have full access to the data backed up, even without TK8 Backup."

2. TK8 Backup can encrypt backup files with the same AES 256 algorithm the US government uses to protect their top secrets. Encrypted backups can only be restored using TK8 Backup

The latter suggests that the advantage of being able to use standard 'unzip' solutions is lost when using encryption. Is that indeed the case? It does seem to be an unnecessary constraint to me.

Furthermore, is the Volume Shadow Copy Service part already implemented or planned - this would be an essential feature for me.
Jun 10 2012 at 2:29am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi,

Yes, in addition to the standard ZIP password security you can use additional layer of encryption. But if you only want to use ZIP protection, you can.

VSS has been in our plans for some time and we have done some test. But we have no certain deadlines for the VSS support yet. Thus I cannot promise it.

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Jun 11 2012 at 2:00am Copy Link
Luis Ang Does it support Unicode character such as Chinese char? Ok find my answer from my old post.
Jun 13 2012 at 5:57am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Sorry, Unicode is not supported.
TK8 Software - Jun 13 2012 at 6:32am Copy Link
Spam Sorenson Is this license for more than one home computer?

I have one as does my wife. I would like to have it on both but don't need a commercial license.
Jun 13 2012 at 6:45am Copy Link
Tonis Kask We are using user based licensing (and not computer based). It means that if you have the license you can install it to all the computers you own or where you are the main user of that computer.
TK8 Software - Jun 13 2012 at 6:51am Copy Link
Ahmed Fahmy Does the program backup the hard disk as is, I do not want it to be sorted out as documents, pictures and so on meaningmaintain directory structure
Jun 19 2012 at 12:03am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Ahmed! TK8 Backup is not for image backups (which you are probably looking for).
TK8 Software - Jun 19 2012 at 12:19am Copy Link
Sputnik Seems to be interesting at first sight...

A little problem however with the icon personalisation of a task : when we define a new icon for a task, the selected icon doesn't show completely but only a part of it. I am running under XP SP3.

Also it would be nice to have the opportunity to launch more than one backup at the time : it would be interesting to be able to launch a selected bunch of backups or even the totality of all the existing backup tasks may it be from the UI itself or from the notification zone icon.
Nov 11 2012 at 12:18pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Robert,

For custom task icons, please use bmp images.

Actually you can run unlimited number of backup tasks at the same time. There is auto-run limit of 2, which you can change in Program Settings.

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Nov 12 2012 at 12:19am Copy Link
richard gilberg When will you support Windows 8?
Nov 12 2012 at 4:48am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Windows 8 is actually fully supported.
TK8 Software - Nov 12 2012 at 5:11am Copy Link
Mitchell Kastner Did not find my outlook pst file or settings. I know where the pst file is of course but I thought this software would automatically find the current pst file and the archive pst file as well as all settings and it did not even though I checked the outlook icon to select it for backup. Not sure what I did wrong. Like to chuck backup outlook for a more general backup up program but not at risk of not backing up outlook.
Nov 14 2012 at 4:29am Copy Link
VLM Does TK8 make full image backups, or only data (folder/file) backups?
Nov 14 2012 at 7:50am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Mitchell, what is the version of your Outlook? In general Outlook backups should work just fine, automatically.
TK8 Software - Nov 14 2012 at 8:05am Copy Link
Tonis Kask VLM, TK8 does not make image backups.
TK8 Software - Nov 14 2012 at 8:05am Copy Link
P C Can it handle huge data backup like 100GB data size with over 100,000 files of various types?
Nov 14 2012 at 4:28pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask There is no limit in backup size. However, backups that large are not efficient in most cases (despite the software you're using). They take so much time to create. It is much faster to create several smaller backups than one 100GB backup. And if one backup fails for some reason the other is already done for that time.
TK8 Software - Nov 14 2012 at 9:12pm Copy Link
J S Hi Tonis Kask, I may be in the wrong ball park asking this question, but ''You never never know unless You never never go'':

Q1. To the best of your knowledge will TK8 Backup Pro work in conjunction with Horizon DataSys's RollBack RX program to store their hidden Snapshots of the system?

Q2. NOT including question 1, I see Your website says: "Backups can be saved to your hard drive, local network drives, CD, DVD, USB discs, Zip drives, Jazz drives, MO drives, etc." so does this include NAS (network attached storage drives) and in particular RAiD types 0,1 & 5 NAS devices?

I hope you can reply even if it is after promotion expiry, ThankYOU
Nov 14 2012 at 11:33pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi JS,

A1: We haven't tested the program with Horizon DataSys. If the files are visible in Windows Explorer, TK8 can back them up. If not, it cannot.

A2: Yes, NAS devicves are supported.

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Nov 15 2012 at 2:04am Copy Link
VLM 1. Does TK8 now do shadow backups, even for Outlook?

2. Does TK8 back up Outlook internal settings, even including autocomplete entries, user dictionaries, accounts (passwords?), and account groups? Or does it primarily back up the pst files?
Apr 21 2013 at 6:58pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi VLM!

1. Shadow backups are not supported, unfortunately.
2. Yes, TK8 Backup can back up everything from Outlook, including accounts and settings. After restored, email account passwords must be re-typed first time you're receiving email, though. The program will back up additional data from registries also, not only a pst file.
TK8 Software - Apr 21 2013 at 9:06pm Copy Link
VLM Tonis Kask - Thank you.

3. If I understand correctly, this is licensed per user, yes? So I can install, say on old and new machines to facilitate move from one to the other. Or on desktop and laptop. Correct?

4. How is the software activated? (Hardware footprint, entry of a key, ...)?

5. Does TK8 back up and restore AutoComplete information?

6. Are contents of the backups accessible in parts? For example, can one restore only accounts and account settings?

7. Regarding your prior response regarding accounts, are account groups maintained? And is the ORDER of the accounts maintained?
Apr 21 2013 at 10:41pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi!

3. Yes, we are using user based licenses. Each user is allowed to install the software up to 3 computers they're using.

4. License key.

5. Depends what software you're using. With IE, Chrome and Firefox, yes.

6. With Outlook backups, only entire Outlook backup can be restored using the Restoring Wizard. Advanced users, though, can extract particular PST file they need, as we're using standard ZIP for archival.

7. Yes
TK8 Software - Apr 22 2013 at 1:46pm Copy Link
VLM Tonis Kask - Thank you!

5. How funny ... You responded WRT browsers, and I intended to ask about autocomplete information in Outlook! LOL
Apr 22 2013 at 8:48pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi VLM,

Autocomplete data is also included in Outlook backups.

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Apr 22 2013 at 10:15pm Copy Link
VLM Thanks Tonis.
Apr 23 2013 at 10:10pm Copy Link
Rick Heise Will there be a version soon that supports Windows 8
Apr 27 2013 at 9:41am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Rick,

The program already is fully compatible with Windows 8, as also stated on our website. But thanks for pointing that out. We'll update this campaign page also.

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Apr 28 2013 at 5:40am Copy Link
mnazmi hi,

Can TK8 backup, backup ost file or only pst file?
Apr 29 2013 at 8:47am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Yes, OST files are backed up also.
TK8 Software - Apr 29 2013 at 11:03am Copy Link
mnazmi when try to restore my outlook backup, TK8 say " Backup not found"

is it possible to restore with trail ver.?
Apr 30 2013 at 4:19am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Nazmi,

Please email your task settings (File menu, Export) to and we'll check out what kind of backup is created and what could be the reason of you seeing this message.

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Apr 30 2013 at 4:32am Copy Link
mnazmi I sent it to
Apr 30 2013 at 4:39am Copy Link
nylg Does TK8 Backup Pro automatically compile/assemble a backup job/group of tasks of typically known type folders/files, if you are running say a system whereby you have moved the My Documents folder to a different partition?

I realise that to set-up some backup jobs then I will have to manually configure these. For example, I have some 'stray' folders/files located in other places/partitions. Does TK8 Backup Pro have a good way of editing backup jobs such that every aspect of a job can be adjusted?

Thanks for dealing with my questions
Apr 30 2013 at 10:05am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Nylg,

When creating a task, you need to specify what (folders) you would like to back up with it. There are some "shortcuts" available, but mostly for application data that is hard to find in the system (like mail applications).

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Apr 30 2013 at 10:35pm Copy Link
TopDog Ha missed the deal! I download the trial for testing and like it. Hope this is offered again soon.
May 1 2013 at 1:05am Copy Link
Dmitry S I tested it and i like this small, simple and intuitive tool!
It supports incremental and differential backup methods, so this is good alternative for a file backup instead of heavy monsters like Paragon and Acronis.

It is very useful that the TK8 Backup uses the well known ZIP format as a file container. ( there is no need to install this program on another machine to extract my files there)

In spite of the Russian interface has many stylistic issues and has been translated only partly i thinking about purchasing.

Sorry for my pure english
Oct 26 2013 at 2:01am Copy Link
Francis Pillow how does it handle email exactly?
Oct 26 2013 at 3:11pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Dmitry! Thanks for the kind words.
TK8 Software - Oct 26 2013 at 11:04pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Francis! What do you mean by handling e-mail? Outlook Express and Outlook application backups are integrated directly to the program. Those can be "detected" and backed up automatically if you decide to create such backup task for the program. If you are using some other e-mail application, you will have to select yourself what are the files necessary to back up your e-mails. If those files are in cloud (like when using G-Mail), no file backup application is able to help you unfortunately.
TK8 Software - Oct 26 2013 at 11:08pm Copy Link
Jim Huble I refuse to rent simple software for a year. This idea has to die off.
Oct 27 2013 at 12:25am Copy Link
Dmitry S Hi Tonis!
Thanks again for the great tool. I did some experiments with
differential and incremental backup methods and i like this tool more and

Also, i did translation of the untranslated menu items in the Russian
interface files. How can i pass these files to you?

@Francis Pillow
I did backups/restore of my OutlookExpress and Thunderbird email bases.

In case of OutlookExpress, the TK8 Backup Pro did one ZIP-file with content of the 'Identity' Folder (messages and the Folders.dbx) and two REG-files with Rules, Account settings, program settings.
As i use Rules to sort incoming message to subfolders (there are many files inside the 'Identity' folder). The Incremental backup will best solution in this case.

In case of Thunderbird - only one ZIP-file with entire content of the 'Profile' Folder (messages, folder structure, account settings etc)
Oct 27 2013 at 12:39am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Jim! We are not using a rental model. Our licenses are for lifetime use. Use the software for as long as you want. All upcoming versions are also free for 3 years. However, if you want to use newer version after that, you would have to pay the upgrade fee. But you are not forced. You can keep using the older version for as long as you want.
TK8 Software - Oct 27 2013 at 1:27am Copy Link
H. H. @author
your software seems to be interesting, using regular zip-format is an advantage and especially the userfriendly policy (licensed per user, no annoying hardware footprrinted online activation, lifetrime upgrades) is an additional argument for considering a purchase.
Nevertheless the following questions:

1. how will the software recognize/ handle external drives / usb-sticks with
often changing drive letters?

2. does the software save open files (e.g. when working on a word document ?
If not, does it include the word auto-saved versions of the document?

Oct 27 2013 at 1:59am Copy Link
Terster HI. I don't understand about the upgrade... you state that customers are entitled to free upgrades for 3 years, yet the "deal" for this is "Lifetime Upgrade Protection". So... are you saying that Lifetime really = 3 years?

Also, i do see that you can back up to cd/dvd/br and usb devices.

Can you backup to a network location/mapped drive?

Does this software "create" the bootable disk so that you can do a backup from booting up/restoring from booting up or does it have to be done in windows?

Can you confirm that this is Windows 8.1 compatible?

Thanks for allowing the questions.

Oct 27 2013 at 8:00am Copy Link
Francis Pillow I was trying to get to the mechanics of it. Are whole PST files for Outlook backed up in dach incremental, or are emails extracted and backed up individually, or by dome other means?
Oct 27 2013 at 9:03am Copy Link
Gerald Attrick Folks here would be well advised to take Macrium Reflect backup software for a test drive before making any final decision. It has scads of features TK8 probably doesn't, given the descriptions provided here. Examples: encryption of backup files, image backups as well as easily-scheduled file and folder backups of the full, incremental, and/or differential variety. But, then, some folks prefer "lightweight" software.
Oct 27 2013 at 9:17am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi H.H!

1. For such situations it is recommended to fix the drive letter for the device, so it would remain the same. The program will honor your setting to back up to specific destination (including the drive letter).

2. Yes, the program can back up open files, excluding exclusively opened (and locked) files. Normal files (like Word, Excel, etc) can be opened and can be backed up at the same time.

TK8 Software - Oct 27 2013 at 10:38am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Walth!

Sorry for confusing with licensing. Our normal price includes upgrades for 3 years. But you can additionally purchase a lifetime upgrade protection. This offer here, today, is for the program with lifetime upgrade protection.

TK8 Software - Oct 27 2013 at 10:40am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Francis!

Outlook backups cannot be incremental (as the whole data is inside single pst file and as we have a file backup program, it will back up entire file). So when you back up Outlook, the program will make a complete backup.

Best regards,
TK8 Software - Oct 27 2013 at 10:42am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Gerald!

I don't know what exactly does Macrium offer, but I'm sure it's a decent application from what I've heard. However, of those features you listed, all are supported by TK8 except image backups. But we truly wanted to keep the program a pure file backup application and not expand it to "do-everything" solution. That's why image backups are not supported and will never be.

TK8 Software - Oct 27 2013 at 10:48am Copy Link
Gerald Attrick Hi Tonis,

Over the years, I've used four different backup packages, and Reflect is "best of breed" by far. It's more than "decent," IMHO. My affection for this software increased enormously two months ago... when my hard drive started making numerous write errors. The lead tech at the repair shop told me the drive would have to be replaced and, of course, my Win 7 Pro OS would have to be reinstalled. I told him to replace the drive, and I would handle the latter chore.

When I got the machine home, I ran a restore job using a Reflect rescue disk and a recent IMAGE backup made by means of a regularly scheduled full / incremental backup jobs. Bottom line? Reflect reloaded about 125 GB of OS, program, and data files... including countless properties and settings. In less than 90 minutes, I was back in business.

I'm sure TK8 is also a fine software product. That's why I chose my words carefully. I didn't advocate everyone buy Reflect. I merely suggested they take advantage of a free home trial and decide for themselves if they want the additional features it provides at the risk of encountering greater sophistication and, therefore, complexity.
Oct 27 2013 at 1:59pm Copy Link
TESS273 Do you have any plan to support locked file? I have TK8 Safe licence but TK8 Backup can't backup TK8 Safe save file.

Oct 27 2013 at 3:46pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Tess!

Supporting locked files is unfortunately not easy to implement and not reliable also. The good news regarding TK8 Safe is that in a month or so we are releasing a new version, built from the ground up (to support upcoming mobile editions). And this new version is not locking files anymore. :)

TK8 Software - Oct 27 2013 at 10:09pm Copy Link
TESS273 That's very nice news. I have always worndered when it comes out.:P

I'll purchase your another product TK8 Backup as I believe that you steadily develop your products.

Oct 27 2013 at 10:34pm Copy Link
Jaap Aap Dear Tonis, last time around you mentioned an update would be due soon. It seems this has been delayed?
Mar 29 2014 at 4:07am Copy Link
Steff Larin Dear Tonis,

I try to backup files with non-English character names and get an error:

* Warning 21: Unable to back up D:\?? ?? ?????? ???.docx

Do you have any solution ?
Mar 29 2014 at 5:42am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Jaap! There has been some minor updates. If you're interested in Volume Shadow Copy Service you asked last time then unfortunately we have no plans to add this.
TK8 Software - Mar 29 2014 at 6:02am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Steff! Unfortunately multi-byte characters are not supported.
TK8 Software - Mar 29 2014 at 6:03am Copy Link
vctechie Does this happen to read Acronis TIB file. I am trying to switch from Acronis, but need something that could read those files. Thanks.
Mar 29 2014 at 7:37am Copy Link
Tonis Kask We do not know how the TIB format works. TK8 itself is using open ZIP format for compressed backups. So whatever happens to TK8, you can always access the data in backups.
TK8 Software - Mar 29 2014 at 7:54am Copy Link
Luis Ang So does it support Unicode...
Mar 29 2014 at 8:41am Copy Link
Tonis Kask No unicode.
TK8 Software - Mar 29 2014 at 9:15am Copy Link
Gena Weiser Can you use any external harddrive for this software?
Mar 30 2014 at 10:19am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Gena! Yes, external hard drives are supported.
TK8 Software - Mar 30 2014 at 11:38am Copy Link
Steven Aves I've been looking for a way to easily archive my files. Backups have / are done via Mozy Pro for my most critical items. But for those files I'm not currently using or feel I should keep I've been looking for a way to archive and track. I've used proprietary software in the past (twice) and got burned.

PKZip / Securezip I like but it's a bit cumbersome in the long run. I really like the standard .zip file and .exe for long term use.

Well, I downloaded the trial version first. Installation was straight forward, nothing funky like trying to install toolbars grin.

Testing surprised me. It created an exe file of over 5500 files of various sizes:
Time elapsed: 1 minute 52 seconds
Files compressed: 5257
Total size: 999.41 MB
Compressed size: 331.48 MB
Errors: 0

Yow! I'm buying this.
Mar 30 2014 at 11:46am Copy Link
Tomasz Lisowski How about supporting Unicode in the file names? Has it been implemented? I am especially interested in the support for Polish "special" characters (acelnószz and the coresspondeing capital letters)
Dec 23 2014 at 2:28am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Tomasz! Polish should work fine as those special characters are not requiring unicode but a specialized character set.. We have plenty of users in Poland so take a look. Unicode support is somewhere far in the future, unfortunately.
TK8 Software - Dec 23 2014 at 3:24am Copy Link
Tomasz Lisowski OK. Does setting the code page affect the DISPLAY of the filenames only, or the entire string handling abilities of the software?

I understand, that after setting the Polish code page I can have Polish filenames displayed correctly, but some other languages may be displayed using some garbled characters ... I guess I can live with that.

My concern is, if I make a backup of some files, whose names use different languages, I can have them also garbled, when I do a restore. Please confirm, if the files are restored to their original filenames, regardless of the display code page set in the program.
Dec 24 2014 at 4:48am Copy Link
disenchanted I noticed that the licensing is "Per User".

So I assume that this software c be installed on more than one computer?
Like maybe a desktop and a laptop?

Between the computers in my family, we have 3 desktops and 1 laptop.
How many licenses would I need to cover the 3 desktops and 1 laptop?

Thanks in advance.
Dec 24 2014 at 9:10am Copy Link
Chris @ disenchanted

1 if just you are going to use it, but if your whole family are going to use it then you need one for each family member.
Dec 26 2014 at 1:11am Copy Link
Mustang No updates since November 2013; is there any future development of this application planned?
Dec 26 2014 at 7:09am Copy Link
Tonis Kask We do have a roadmap, but as the current build is very stable and the program is not lacking of features, there is nothing much we could add for the perfect file backup software. If you have any ideas, let us know.
TK8 Software - Dec 26 2014 at 11:46am Copy Link
disenchanted Thanks Chris.
Dec 26 2014 at 12:35pm Copy Link
Mustang "Tonis Kask We do have a roadmap, but as the current build is very stable and the program is not lacking of features, there is nothing much we could add for the perfect file backup software. If you have any ideas, let us know."

Dropbox support would be nice.
Dec 26 2014 at 5:35pm Copy Link
Tomasz Lisowski In my opinion, the Unicode support nowadays is a MUST. We are dealing with people from all parts of the world, so the support for characters from more than one code page is necessary. Moreover, I didn't get a reply to my question about the correctness of the restore, if filenames are spelled in different languages ...

I presume, your software isn't written in .NET, as then you'd get it virtually for free :)
Dec 26 2014 at 11:42pm Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Mustang! What do you mean by Dropbox support? At the moment you can both collect the data from the Dropbox and store it elsewhere, and you can also gather data from anywhere and store the backup in Dropbox (what I personally do, for example).
TK8 Software - Dec 27 2014 at 12:58am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Thomasz! Unfortunately indeed adding unicode support requires a complete rewrite, which, at declining utility sales (for everyone globally) and in the age of 1.99 apps and (good) online services isn't justified. The filename correctness depends from the code page and there is no infinite answer. In most cases, weird characters between code pages can be mixes just fine. And if the backup is restored in the same system, everything will be retained as it was at the moment backed up. For example, characters from Estonian code page (ä, ö, ü, õ, etc) can be mixed quite well with Polish characters (a, l, e, etc.). At least last time we tested. But mixing those with Russian characters (?, ?, ?, ?, etc) doesn't play well indeed. And vice versa - with Russian code page set, Russian file names are stored correctly. So if the unicode is a requirement for you, I would strongly suggest you to take a look at some other utility.
TK8 Software - Dec 27 2014 at 1:09am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Thomasz! As you can see, the character examples I included in my reply (common characters in those languages) cannot be shown here as well, although unicode is handled quite well by browsers and underlying technologies ;)
TK8 Software - Dec 27 2014 at 1:12am Copy Link
Tomasz Lisowski Thanks, Toni. TK8 Backup Professional looks indeed as quite a good software most end-users. I wish you all the best, despite the sales decline ...
Dec 27 2014 at 7:28am Copy Link
Robert Smith Regarding your scheduling, will this wake the PC up from sleep mode, perform the backup, and then put the PC back to sleep (either automatically, or by calling a batch file after backup)?
Nov 6 2016 at 5:53am Copy Link
Doug Atkinson As Robert Smith asked - the last download version on their website is 4.5 from Nov 2013 - and there is no mention of Windows 10 support. Is Windows 10 supported?
Nov 6 2016 at 6:29am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Yes, Windows 10 is fully supported. Unfortunately waking up from sleep is not supported in any Windows version.
TK8 Software - Nov 6 2016 at 9:35am Copy Link
Robert Smith The reason I ask is my current backup software does this (EaseUS), but their constant paid upgrades are annoying to say the least. I wonder if it's possible through Task Scheduler?
Nov 6 2016 at 10:11am Copy Link
Tonis Kask Hi Robert, Some time ago we also had a service plugin, making it possible. Unfortunately, as Windows made virtually impossible to use services for gathering files, we had to drop that. Task scheduler can work. As you can create a shortcut to one specific task, you can launch that task with Task Scheduler also.
TK8 Software - Nov 6 2016 at 10:34am Copy Link

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