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Reviewed by: Bryan Pizzuti [02.20.03]
Manufactured by: LIUtilities
Price: $29.95 for 1 user license



Backup software is pretty mundane, compared to some of the items we usually cover.  But ask anyone who's had to restore their system due to unexpected hard drive death or corruption, and they'll talk about how useful backups are.  Now, Backup software comes with Windows XP, but it's pretty basic.  There are also larger utilities out there, such as Veritas and ARCServe, but they aren't always ideal for the end user.  LIUtilities thinks their WinBackup software might do a bit better, so we decided to have a look at it.

The Manual

The manual is simple paper printed with a color printer, but it gets the job done. It goes through every item in the software step by step, trying to keep things simple enough for any user, but it also carries quite a lot of detail.



Everything in this software centers around "Backup Jobs."  Each job contains the specific files you want to back up this time around, and the jobs can be saved in case you repeatedly back up the same files.  The backups are actually contained within a single file, which can be compressed and encrypted using 128 or 256 bit AES encryption.  These files can be saved to hard disk, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, remote storage (such as FTP or network drive, if mapped to a local drive letter), or tape backup drive.

The software is very simple to get a handle on. There's even a wizard included that points you to the proper button to go to the next step.  This sort of wizard is nice not only because it helps you get going, but because it teaches the use of the software at the same time.  First, you create the backup job.


Then you add files to the backup job.  You can also add specific data, such as Outlook files, to the backup, which is helpful.  However, Outlook XP is not supported. 

WinBackup also has a built-in search utility.


Encryption and compression are configured using these two dialogs.  You can choose from 128 or 256 bit AES encryption, which is a new, fast encryption algorithm also being used for wireless networks.  The checkbox for data compression is here, as well as the decision box to just back everything in the job up, or only files that have been modified since the last backup.

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