Cobian Backup is a multi-threaded program you can use to backup your files and directories from their original location to other directories/drives in the same computer or other computer in your network.
- Welcome to the new version: Cobian Backup 11, Gravity
- AES encryption (128, 192 and 256 bits)
- The directories Settings, Logs and DB can now be configured manually
- A task has now the Priority field
- A new scheduled type is added: On startup
- A new scheduled type was added: On first Monday, On third Tuesday, etc..
- Now you can limit the number of Differential backups as well
- Now you can select a fixed day of the week to make an incremental or differential backup Full
- The program can now automatically delete old files
- Suspend and Hibernate are now Events
- Sources and Destinations can now be sorted "As Explorer"
- Delete empty directories is now a Task property
- A LOT of new parameters can now be used (see the help file)
- The task list can now be divided and organized in groups
- Inclusions and Exclusions can now be arranged
- The Deleter can now delete multiple sources
- The Safe Mirror directory keeps now the original directory structure
- You can now link tasks as an event
- The installer is now improved
- The application can now be closed from every possible desktop
- Old encryption methods are now deprecated
- The decryptor and decompressor accept now multiple sources
- The decryptor and the decompressor accept command line arguments
- The program checks the existence of the destination file even when using the attribute method
- Counting files can now be paused or canceled
- The body of the mail is now configurable
- The Remote Manager is fully rewriten and can now show the progress of the remote client
- The Remote Manager can now get the FULL log file of the client
- Restart and Shutdown work now even with impersonation
- Missed backups don't restart or shutdown the machine now if that event is present
- And a LOT more
Reviewing 126.96.36.1993 (May 24, 2012)
It is good for scheduling automatic backups for files and folders so that you don't have to be bothered. The only major drawback that I have is that it can't create a system image backup of a complete partition.
Reviewing 10.0.3.743 (Apr 8, 2011)
I have used Cobian Backup since the early versions and it has saved my bacon on more than a few occaisions. Week in week out Cobian Backup performs unattended scheduled backups via FTP to a pair of cheap as chips LANS Disks without any hassle.
Only real niggle is I much preffered the look of interface on the early versions.
Reviewing 10.0.3.743 (Jan 4, 2011)
I'm not sure why so many people are comparing it to file synchronization programs. I guess people are thinking of rsync, robocopy, carbonite and friends. This is for backups, not synchronization. Sure, you could consider them to be one and the same - but I disagree. What if one of your documents gets corrupted, and you don't notice for a couple of weeks? It'd be unlikely that you'd be able to recover the uncorrupted version of the file.
Cobian lets you keep an arbitrary number of copies with differentials as well as multiple locations for backups. Scheduling is quite useful, too - as well as the encryption and compression functions.
I've found it useful for small companies -
set up a fileserver (Windows or unix/linux)
install cobian on all the desktops
set it to back up each user to the fileserver
back up the fileserver
Reviewing 10.0.3.743 (Oct 28, 2010)
For a no cost product, this is a rare find. It's full of robust features that you would find only on premium backup software. Scheduling, compression options, encryption, volume shadow copy, client / server options, and a host of other user definable options. I am currently using it in our workplace with a server / client configuration on our network to backup a host of remote user profiles. The product and the excellent support forum are cost free and are dependent on donations from the community so if you like it and use it, let your wallet be your guide and donate generously.
Reviewing 10.0.3.743 (Apr 29, 2010)
This is the only free backup solution I know of that supports shadow copy on XP, which means it can run 100% in the background and backup running applications like Outlook, Thunderbird and Firefox without getting a 'file in use' error.
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