Backup-Related Features

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On this page you can learn about backup-related features of our software. All these features are available in the Small Server edition (solution for a single computer) and the Network Server edition (network backup solution for multiple PCs). Setup file is common for all editions: during the 30-days trial period, you can try all features for free, and the final functionality will be defined by your registration number.

Version 7.4.7, built on February 18, 2014
22.9 MB, 32-bit (above) or 29.1 MB, 64-bit version

To compare different editions, please refer to the Backup Software Comparison Chart.

For convenience in browsing, all features are logically divided into several categories: What to Back up, Where to Back up, Backup Options, Backup Types.

Data Backup

What to Back up

Thanks to a well-thought plug-in-powered architecture, the list of supported data is really impressive! With Handy Backup, you can work with different file systems, databases, applications, and much more.

Data Source Plug-ins

  • File Backup - you can either back up individual files and folders, or make use of advanced plug-ins.
  • User Folder Backup - there is a number of one-click presets that enable you to quickly back up Documents, Favorites, Desktop, and other Windows user folders.
  • Image Backup - hard disk imaging allows you to copy PC data completely, with all documents, operating system and applications.
  • Database Backup - this is a common plug-in for backing up database tables via common ODBC drivers. For MS SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Lotus and DB2 it is recommended to use special plug-ins (see below).
  • MSSQL Server Backup - accurately back up MS SQL database with all views, indexes, stored procedures, and other data.
  • MySQL Backup - complete backup and easy recovery of MySQL, one of the world’s leading database management systems.
  • DB2 Backup - protect data of IBM DB2 data servers. Compatibility with the technology is verified with the ‛Ready for IBM DB2“ logo.
  • Lotus Backup - advanced plug-in for Lotus Domino/Notes databases of version 6.5 and higher. Compatibility with the technology is verified with the ‛Ready for IBM Lotus“ logo.
  • Oracle Backup - hot backup and restoration of Oracle databases.
  • MS Exchange Server Backup - back up the most powerful messaging and collaboration system of the day
  • E-mail Backup* - this is a simple plug-in that backs up messages directly from POP3 servers, so you can always have a local copy.
  • Registry Backup* - protect system registry keys, as easily as you back up common files and folders
  • Application Backup Plug-ins* - there are multiple free plug-ins that can be used to back up popular applications, such as Skype, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Photoshop, and other data.

*Note: These plug-ins are temporarily unavailable in the latest version, 7.4.7.

Besides the above plug-ins, you can also use as data source any of the storage destination plug-ins, including FTP/FTPS/SFTP, Amazon S3 and other. This can be useful, for example, if you want to back up website: you can access scripts and image via FTP, and back up database entries through the use of the Database Backup plug-in.

Handy Backup Standard

Version 7.4.7, built on February 18, 2014. 22.9 MB, 32-bit (above) or 29.1 MB, 64-bit version
Backup Software from Novosoft LLC. 39 USD per license.

Handy Backup Home Standard

The Home Standard edition lets you back up files, folders, and e-mails to local and USB drives, CD/DVD discs, FTP servers or Online. Supported options include compression, encryption and scheduling.

Backup Storage

Where to Back up

You can back up your data wherever you want! Are you a home user? Use optical discs or USB drives. Are you an IT-expert? Take advantage of secured SFTP or FTPS connections and cloud replication.

Storage Destination Plug-ins

  • Back up to FTP - you can transfer important data to remote computers using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or its secure variations (FTPS, SFTP).
  • Online Backup - by using Web storage services, you protect information from any local disasters and gain have 24x7 access to your backups from any point of the world!
  • Backup to Network - important files can be backed up to shared storage locations.
  • Backup to DVD - there is a common plug-in for all optical discs, that can be used to burn backups to CD, DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD discs of any types (rewriteable, multi-layered, etc.)
  • Backup to HDD - the software lets you copy data to any local drives that you can see in Windows.
  • Backup to Amazon S3 - you can back up data to Amazon S3 cloud storage
Backup Options

Backup Options

The software comes with a wide range of options, including data compression, encryption, scheduling and much more.

Filtering Plug-ins and Options

  • Backup Filtering - you apply filters based on file attributes, or specify include/exclude file masks to back up only files you need.
  • Backup with ZIP - built-in ZIP compression engine lets you minimize backups (and if you’re backing up online, time and storage space used).
  • Backup Encryption - any file can be encrypted with 128-bit BlowFish algorithm, to reduce possible risks during the transfer and storage.
  • Backup Verification* - sometimes it is useful to verify that all backups were made error free, e.g. after burning files to DVD.
  • Backup Scheduling - you can define a backup plan and run backup and recovery tasks automatically on a minute-to-month basis.
  • Backup as Service - for maximum security of PC data, you can set up Windows service and have all jobs always started in time, even with no user logged in.
  • Open File Backup - to back up locked files, the utility automatically launches Volume ShadowCopy Service.
  • Event logs/reports backups - by viewing the log file, your stay informed about all executed tasks and task statuses, as well as errors
  • Email notifications - about operation results are sent to you regularly providing you with up-to-date information about the progress of task execution and errors
  • Other program to run before/after running backup tasks - you can schedule any task to run before or after a selected program

*Note: Backup verification is temporarily unavailable in the latest version, 7.4.7.

Handy Backup Small Server

Version 7.4.7, built on February 18, 2014. 22.9 MB, 32-bit (above) or 29.1 MB, 64-bit version
Backup Software from Novosoft LLC. 199 USD per license.

Handy Backup Small Server

The Small Server edition has multiple server-specific functions including backing up of Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, MySQL databases, IBM Lotus Domino, and much more...

Type of Backup

  • Full Backup - all files of the selected backup set are copied upon each backup session
  • Incremental Backup - only new and last modified files are backed up
  • Differential Backup - back up only slighted changes of your data, on byte level, compared to the previous full backup
  • Mirror Backup - provides identity of content of the two selected folders

System Requirements

Handy Backup is designed to back up Windows computers and back up small business servers:

Note: You can back up Windows Servers working under both 32- and 64-bit platforms.

Backup Linux - you can run Handy Backup in Linux under Wine

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    What to Back Up

    Windows Backup - automatically back up any Windows files and folders

    Back up Music - protect your playlists and music files from accidental deletion

    Back up Videos - regularly back up your video files

    Photo Backup - never lose any memorable photos that you have on your computer

    Backup Pictures - protect all digital pictures from loss or corruption

    Where to Back Up

    Backup to CD - record your backups to CD, CD-R, CD+R, CD-RW and other optical discs

    Back up to USB - copy files, folders and HDD snapshots to USB storage devices

    Backup Storage - learn about supported storage media and connectivity protocols

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