NTI Backup Now EZ Review

NTI Backup Now EZ is the simpler cousin of NTI Backup Now 5 Advanced.  It’s also less expensive, at only $30 ($20 with current promotion).  It’s lacking a few advanced features, but it had no trouble backing up and restoring my entire computer.

NTI Backup Now EZ Main screen

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Pros

  • Ridiculously easy
  • Price ($30)
  • File, folder, and full system backups

Cons

  • Lacking advanced settings

The Bottom Line

NTI Backup Now EZ is a simple, inexpensive, full-system backup solution.

Backing Up

When first started, NTI Backup Now EZ automatically scans your computer and creates backup jobs for you.

The source, destination, and backup schedule are automatically filled in.  These settings can be modified to your liking.

NTI Backup Now EZ Main screen

The main screen

I de-selected the file and folder backup (so I’m only doing full system backups), and changed the schedule to daily.

With that, NTI Backup Now EZ began backing up my entire computer.

If you’re backing up to an external hard drive, the software will make it bootable.  This means you can boot from the same media your backups are stored on.  No need for a separate rescue CD.

Restoring

The recovery environment runs on Linux and there isn’t much to it.  It restored my computer without any problems.

A NTI Backup Now EZ restore in progress

NTI Backup Now EZ restoring my partition

However, on first boot Windows wanted to run checkdisk to check the disk for errors.  I was told by NTI that due to the complete system backup running within Windows, it creates an image file that is not properly shut down.  I haven’t encountered this with other backup software, but it did not seem to cause any problems.

Features

Complete System Backup

To me, the main selling point of NTI Backup Now EZ is the disk imaging feature.  It can create incremental backups of your entire system on a regular basis.

File and Folder Backup

File and folder backups are also supported.  These backups won’t be as large, or take as long as the system backups.  They’ll also allow you to back up specific folders such as your desktop, family photos, etc.

Support

The software includes a help manual.  The manual is fairly small, since there aren’t a lot of advanced features in NTI Backup Now EZ.

Technical support is available via a web-based email form.  I submitted a support request and was responded to the same day.  NTI writes, “We will make our best efforts to answer your question within 24 business hours of receipt, but please allow us up to 48 hours for a guaranteed response.”

Specifications
Product Name NTI Backup Now EZ
Version 1.5.0.115
License Shareware
Price $29.99
Operating Systems Window
Backup Types
Files and Folders yes
Full Disk Image yes
Incremental yes
Differential no
Backup Destinations
Hard Drive yes
Removable Media yes
Network Shares yes
Blu-ray no
CD/DVD no
FTP no
SFTP no
Online Storage yes
Features
Compression yes
Encryption yes
Email Notifications no
Error Handling yes
File Versioning yes
Priority Setting yes
Scheduling yes
Speed Limiting no
Synchronization no
Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund is the founder and editor-in-chief of BackupReview.com. He is a cloud fanatic and regularly reviews online backup services. He believes backups should be easy, affordable, and automatic.
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  • Lena

    Did a full system restore but only get a flashing curser at reboot,,,,freaking out that I lost all my family’s itunes!!!

    • NTISupport

      Call Tech Support (949) 421-0712 or e-mail us at support@nticorp.com. The flashing cursor just means it’s having trouble with the boot partition in your drive. Usually happens if you have a motherboard that supports UEFI. You just need to go into the UEFI bios and make sure your drive is booting with UEFI enabled. But if you need help just give us a call. Your data is still there since the restored finished.

  • NTISupport

    Call Tech Support (949) 421-0712. Usually this problem occurs if you have a registry cleaner or pc tune-up program installed. Those programs deleted the uninstall registry keys. You can use the Microsoft Fix It program to uninstall the Backup Now EZ. If you need your Backup Now EZ installation, please give us a call or e-mail support@nticorp.com

  • Nut Magnet

    I have a Toshiba STOR.E Canvio 500GB USB 3.0 portable hard drive and I’m backing up around 30gb of data on the weekly backup of my files. The NTI Backup Now EZ program is so slow… It’s been around 5 hours now doing an incremental weekly backup…… It gets to 90% really quick then seems to stall on the last 10% of the backup. It was 96% an hour ago and now it’s at 97% with my laptop running really hot because this program has been running and nothing else.

    OK it’s free with the drive but I need something better than this…
    Slow Slow Slow backup software for people who have plenty of time on their hands and have a desk top fan to keep their systems cool… :-(

    • http://www.backupreview.com/ Geoff Akerlund

      Sorry to hear it’s running so slow. There’s a ton of backup software out there if you’re looking for an alternative. Let me know if you need any help with this using the “Contact” link at the top of the page.