FileFort Backup v3.31

A Full Review of FileFort Backup, a Free Backup Software Program

FileFort Backup is easy to use, free backup software that can back up files to a cloud storage service, FTP server, and other locations.

This review is of FileFort Backup v3.31. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

FileFort Backup: Methods, Sources, & Destinations

FileFort Backup backing up downloaded files

The types of backup supported, as well as what on your computer can be selected for backup 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 FileFort Backup:

Supported Backup Methods:

FileFort Backup supports a full backup, historical backup, and incremental backup.

Supported Backup Sources:

Data from a local hard drive, network folder, or external drive (like a flash drive) can be backed up with FileFort Backup.

Supported Backup Destinations:

You're able to back up to a folder on the same drive, network folder, CD/DVD/BD disc, FTP server, or an external hard drive.

Backing up to a cloud storage service is also supported, like to Google Drive or Dropbox. This turns FileFort Backup, plus your favorite storage service, into a probably very inexpensive online backup service.

More About FileFort Backup

  • Can be used in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, as well as on Mac, version 10.5 and higher
  • Tiny setup file
  • Very quick install
  • Backs us whole folders and/or individual files
  • Can explicitly include and/or exclude files from a backup by their file extension
  • Option to exclude files from a backup that are over a particular size
  • A backup can be created as a BKZ file, self-extracting EXE file, or a ZIP archive
  • FileFort Backup supports a mirror backup, which simply copies the source files to the destination
  • You can browse through a backup using a built-in file extraction program, but only if the file type of the backup is BKZ or ZIP
  • Backups can be restored to their original location or a custom one
  • Toggle all video, audio, and/or image files to be excluded from a backup
  • A backup wizard lets you quickly select documents, emails, music, and/or pictures to back up so you don't have to find those folders manually
  • FileFort Backup allows for password protection and encryption using MEO encryption
  • A backup can be scheduled to run daily or weekly at any time during the day
  • Tips are shown for program settings and features
  • Missed backups can be set to run automatically
  • Once a backup has already been created, you can choose to also burn it directly to a disc

My Thoughts on FileFort Backup

Though this is a simple and easy to use program, FileFort Backup has a few things that set it back when compared to similar products.

What I Like:

FileFort Backup shows descriptions of settings and options when your cursor is hovered over it, which makes understanding how to use the program very simple. You shouldn't have to ever read the manual to use any of the features.

I also like that FileFort Backup supports a mirror backup. This means you can browse through the backup like you would the source folder, with all the files and folders in their original structure and easily readable.

It shouldn't be necessary to give praise to encryption and password protection support for a backup program, but it's important that FileFort Backup supports this, as some similar products don't.

What I Don't Like:

FileFort Backup doesn't support several features you may find in similar backup software. For example, a full system partition or disk backup isn't allowed.

I also don't like that you can't pause a backup midway like some backup programs allow. You're able to cancel it completely, but pausing would be helpful.

Custom compression and backup splitting isn't allowed in FileFort Backup, which means it's virtually impossible to control how much storage a backup will take up.

If the destination doesn't contain enough free space to back up your files, FileFort Backup will throw an error but will not notify you. This means if you're worried about low space affecting your backups, you must occasionally open the program and look through the logs to make sure the files didn't stop backing up due to no disk space.

Several unrelated programs try to install along with FileFort Backup, so be sure to deselect them if you don't want them.