BackUp Maker v7.203

A Full Review of BackUp Maker, a Free Backup Software Program

A screenshot of BackUp Maker v7 in Windows 8
BackUp Maker v7.

BackUp Maker is free backup software that supports a variety of backup destinations.

There are unique settings in BackUp Maker that I haven't seen in similar programs, like running a backup using conditional settings and system events, like USB detection.

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Note: This review is of BackUp Maker v7.203, which was released January 22, 2017. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

BackUp Maker: Methods, Sources, & Destinations

The types of backup supported, as well as what on your computer can be selected for back up and where it can be backed up to, are the most important aspects to consider when choosing a backup software program. Here's that information for BackUp Maker:

Supported Backup Methods:

Full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup are supported.

Supported Backup Sources:

Data can be backed up from a local hard drive, network folder, or external drive.

Supported Backup Destinations:

BackUp Maker can create a ZIP backup on a local or external drive, CD/DVD disc, network folder, or FTP server.

More About BackUp Maker

  • Compatible with all versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2012, 2008, and 2003
  • Can switch between expert and simple mode to add or remove advanced options while setting up a backup job
  • Simple selection lets you add common locations to a backup, like music, videos, and Internet browser bookmarks
  • Conditions can be required for a backup to run, like if a certain file or folder does or doesn't exist anywhere on the computer
  • BackUp Maker can add custom folders and/or single files to a backup job
  • Exclude files and folders from a backup by location, file type, or size
  • Automatically run a backup when Windows starts or the user is logged off, as well as if a certain USB device is plugged in, like a flash drive
  • A shortcut key can be used to launch a backup job without having to open the program
  • You can create a desktop shortcut to instantly launch a backup job
  • Before a backup job begins, BackUp Maker can launch a file, pause, show a message, or connect a network drive
  • Backup jobs can be grouped together for easier organization
  • Post-backup tasks can run, like printing a report, sending an email, removing external hardware, opening a file, showing a message, exiting BackUp Maker, or running a reboot/shutdown/standby
  • A backup can be scheduled to run every so many minutes, when the system goes idle, or at a certain time on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis
  • Backups can be restricted to run during a certain time frame only
  • BackUp Maker is able to run missed backups automatically
  • Backup jobs can be set to run only if files have been updated or changed since a particular date or within the last so many days
  • BackUp Maker can create up to 999 backup instances of the same data to avoid overwriting a previous backup
  • A backup can be password protected with AES-128/192/256 encryption
  • Backups can be split into custom sizes to fit on certain devices, like a CD or DVD
  • A custom compression rate is supported for ZIP compression
  • When restoring files, BackUp Maker asks to keep the folder structure intact as well as to restore new files only

My Thoughts on BackUp Maker

With a number of advanced settings, there's plenty to like about BackUp Maker.

What I Like:

My first thought when using BackUp Maker is how simple the wizard is for creating a new job. The steps are easy to follow as it walks you through the whole process. This makes creating a backup really easy, even for novice computer users.

I also like that BackUp Maker creates a backup as a simple ZIP file so you can use any file extractor program to retrieve the contents.

Some backup programs don't allow for encryption and compression, so it's nice that BackUp Maker manages to add this to its set of features.

I also appreciate the unique options for conditional settings. For instance, you can setup a job to run when a particular USB device is plugged in as well as when a certain file/folder is located on the device. This means you can combine both of these options to create a very particular environment for starting a backup job.

What I Don't Like:

Some backup programs let you choose between multiple backup types to allow for greater flexibility when restoring data, like simple copy or a different archive type. Unfortunately, BackUp Maker allows for ZIP backups only.

BackUp Maker also doesn't allow for password protecting the entire program interface. This feature isn't always present in a backup program but it'd certainly be a nice addition to all the rest of these advanced features.

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