NTI Backup Now Deluxe 3.0: Test and Review

The highlight of Backup Now Deluxe 3.0 is its integrated step by step guide to perform backups. In the first step, you select the folders and / or files you want to back up, thanks to a Explorer-like screen divided into two panes. In the second step, select the backup destination (hard drive, mapped network drive, CD-RW or DVD-RW) or choose from the different CD recorders or DVD, if several are installed on your system. This distribution across multiple disks essentially allows you to save more data at one time and thus save time. For example, you could absolutely save several gigabytes of data on two DVDs in both DVD recorders without having to switch discs. We tested this process with two CD-R / RW and it worked perfectly.

In addition to its distribution capabilities across media, Backup Now Deluxe supports various backup platforms, including Zip, Jaz and USB keys. It also allows you to schedule the backups when you are away. In terms of secure backups, there is an option of protection by encrypted password.

When you restore a backup, Backup Now offers the standard options: do not overwrite files with the same name, replace or replace only the old with the most recent. You also have the option to restore the files to their original location or to another location. However, if an interruption occurs during a backup, the Intra Backup Restart function automatically restarts the process.

No backup to FTP

However, depending on your needs and your resources, Backup Now Deluxe can reveal two potential gaps. First, you can not send your backups to an FTP site, including default only users who run a website are likely to be affected. Handy Backup, however, can back up an FTP site. Second, Backup Now backups on a local network are not as simple as they should. Rather than just select a destination from My Network Places (My Network Places), you must first assign a letter to a network drive, and then send the backup files to the new “local” player.

We tested Backup Now Deluxe on a Compaq with a Athlon 1.1 GHz, 512 MB RAM memory, a CD-R / RW 48X / 24X / 48X and three hard drives totaling 240 GB of space disk, as well as a home system with a Pentium III-550, a 256 MB Ram memory, two 60GB hard disks, CD-R / RW 16X / 10X / 40X and a CD-R / RW 8X / 4X / 24X. On the system with Pentium III, the distribution of backups across multiple disks proved extremely practical, the second player taking over from the first each time the first CD-R was full. Obviously, the results would have been even more convincing if the speed of the drives had been more similar, but in this configuration, both drives have achieved unattended backups. As expected, the backup on internal hard drive was the fastest method of all.

On the occasion of our tests, we encountered difficulty on any of the systems. Performing backups took place without problems and incremental and differential backups that followed also took place without incident. The restoration took place for its flawless.

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