NovaBACKUP Professional is NovaStor’s flagship backup software for PCs, laptops, and workstations. In my previous review, I criticized the software for having bugs and interface problems. How does the latest version stack up?
- Back up entire hard drives with full disk imaging
- Copy and mirror files
- Optional online backup
- Machine independent restore can recover to dissimilar hardware
- Somewhat confusing interface
- Cloud backup is clunky and expensive
The Bottom Line
Despite the expensive cloud backup, NovaBACKUP 15 is powerful, full-system backup software.
When first started, the NovaBACKUP Express Wizard pops up and gives you three options:
- Edit a previous backup job
I chose to create a new backup job, which gives several more options:
- Local Backup
- Disaster Recovery
- Cloud Backup
I chose a local backup. I thought this would create a backup of my entire hard drive, but it’s only for backing up files and folders. To backup your entire hard drive, you have to select Disaster Recovery. This led me to try to backup my entire hard drive using the local backup button, which output a bunch of errors when it tried to backup system files. It was only after noticing these errors that I realized my mistake.
When I correctly chose the Disaster Recovery button, NovaBACKUP was able to backup my entire hard drive without any problems.
To perform a full system recovery, you’ll need to create a recovery DVD. This lets you boot into NovaBACKUP outside of Windows, so you can restore your system.
Once you boot into the recovery DVD, you’ll see the Disaster Recovery screen. From here, you can access the Tools menu which provides several useful features:
- Mount backup image to a drive letter
- Mount ISO file
- Convert backup image to VHD (Microsoft’s virtual drive format)
NovaBACKUP was able to restore my entire system quickly and easily.
Machine independent restore
NovaBACKUP can also restore to a computer with different hardware, such as a new motherboard.
Cloud backup in NovaBACKUP is too clunky and expensive. NovaStor states you can get a list of hundreds of affordable online backup providers if you contact them, but what sort of person has time for that?
There are two default cloud backup providers: one in the US, and one in Germany. The US-based FirstBackup.com charges a whopping $90/month for 100GB of space . On the plus side, they’re HIPAA compliant for use by healthcare providers. A user also informs me they support data deduplication, which would be useful when backing up multiple machines.
NovaBACKUP can also backup to Amazon S3, FTP, and xSP accounts.
Copy and Mirror files
NovaBACKUP includes an easy tool to copy and mirror files. This can be set on a schedule. There’s also a “bi-directional” copy type which will copy files in both directions on the source and destination.
This will scan files you backup files for viruses. If you already have anti-virus software, you can disable this to speed up your backup jobs.
View your backups by time rather than files, so you can select a single point in time to restore.
Overall, I found NovaStor to be very helpful and thorough in my support tickets. I was responded to promptly within one business day. NovaStor includes “NovaCare” phone and email support with their software, for a price of $30 per year.
You can also use their support forums, knowledgebase, documentation, and tutorial videos to get answers to questions.
NovaStor is listening to their customers, since they fixed all the bugs I experienced with the previous version of their software.
NovaBACKUP 15 can backup and restore entire PCs, which makes it good for business and home users alike. I liked the Machine Independent Restore feature, which lets you restore your computer even if hardware has changed. Overall, I found it to be solid, full disk imaging software.
On the downside, cloud backup feels unpolished and is greatly overpriced. So if you need to backup online, NovaBACKUP probably isn’t for you.
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