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Cobian Backup - keep it all safe

review by ClifNotes, Sept 2006, permalink


I'll be honest with you. I'm just not very good about backing up most things. Sure, I've got backups of all the website stuff, passwords, pictures, email and a few other essentials, but I've never backed up an entire hard drive. Last week, we received a 250gb USB hard drive in the mail that we'd ordered on Ebay. Now I had to learn how to backup my PC's a little better than I had in the past.


First, I went on a freeware shopping trip at my favorite place to shop. SnapfilesFreeware is my favorite site because you can find a wide range of freeware and you can be almost certain that it's safe. I shopped around awhile and decided on Cobian Backup. I'd heard of it before and it was rated 5 stars.


Is Cobian easy to use? Yes and no. I have a wide range of experience with different applications and I have a pretty good idea of how backups should work. I didn't even check the help files and I just dove right into. It was easy for me, but if you think you'll need help. Cobian has done an absolutely great job of providing it.


Cobian's help takes on three forms. First, they have a very nice tutorial that will walk you through the worst of it. Next they have a regular help file in three languages. Finally, they also have direct access to their forums where experienced users can offer advice. All three of these forms of help can be accessed from the Cobian application through it's Browser tab.


Within an hour, I had a full 15gb backup of my laptop. I feel much better now. It's not an image of the laptop's hard drive, so I really won't be able restore it and boot from it, but if I ever run into serious trouble, I'll be able to start fresh and lose nothing important.


Update Oct 2006: YourHighness at bleepingcomputer.com recently posted a link to his very good tutorial on "How to backup and restore your data using Cobian Backup". All I can say about it is "Wow! I wish I'd seen this before now!".


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Quote from the website

Cobian Backup is a multi-threaded program that can be used to schedule and backup your files and directories from their original location to other directories/drives in the same computer or other computer in your network. FTP backup is also supported in both directions (download and upload).