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.
- Ridiculously easy
- Price ($30)
- File, folder, and full system backups
- Lacking advanced settings
The Bottom Line
NTI Backup Now EZ is a simple, inexpensive, full-system backup solution.
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.
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.
The recovery environment runs on Linux and there isn’t much to it. It restored my computer without any problems.
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.
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.
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.”
|NTI Backup Now EZ
|Files and Folders
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