CyberLink PowerBackup Review

PowerBackup is backup software from the folks at CyberLink.  You may know them for their DVD and Blu-ray playback software, but this is their first venture into the backup and recovery field.  This is a review of the newest version 2.5, which adds Windows 8 compatibility.  It costs $39.95.

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  • Quickly backs up files and folders
  • Automatically verifies backups
  • Can backup email and other application data


  • No full disk imaging
  • Slow tech support
  • No FTP, online storage, or email notifications

The Bottom Line

CyberLink’s PowerBackup succeeds as a fast, straightforward file and folder backup program.  However, it lacks a few features found in competing backup software in this price range.

Backing Up

The interface is fairly straightforward.  You can choose to backup and restore from the buttons at the top of the screen, as well as several other tasks.

The PowerBackup main screen

The PowerBackup main screen.

PowerBackup can back up either files and folders or application data.  However, when I chose application data it said my version of Internet Explorer was unsupported (running version 10 on Windows 8).

Files and folders will probably be the most common backup choice.  Either way it’s a 4-step process:

  1. Select Source – in other words, which files and folders (or application data) you want to back up.
  2. Select Destination – such as Hard Disk, DVD, or Blu-ray.
  3. Select Method – options are Full, Differential, and Incremental (only backs up changes)
  4. Run the backup
PowerBackup select backup method

PowerBackup supports full, differential, or incremental backups.

PowerBackup can also include a restore tool on wherever your backups are stored, which I thought was neat.  That would make it possible to restore without actually having the software installed.

PowerBackup had no trouble backing up my files.


Restoring your data is identical to the backup process.  You select a source, destination, method (whether to overwrite files), and then run it.

PowerBackup restore complete

Restoring my files.

In testing, PowerBackup was able to restore my files quickly and easily.


Blu-ray Support

CyberLink is well known for their Blu-ray software, so it makes sense their backup software would have full support for this type of media.  This lets you backup up to 50GB worth of data on a single Blu-ray disc.

Compare Files

This will compare your backup against your original files, to see if they contain the same data.


If the user manual or FAQ doesn’t have the answer to your question, you can contact CyberLink technical support.  I contacted them and was responded to in 4 days, which is well below average.  CyberLink also has phone support, but it costs $30/month for two months (and it’s not available 24/7).


Overall I felt PowerBackup was easy and powerful enough for average users.  However, power users might be disappointed by the lack of features commonly found in other backup software in this price range (full disk imaging, online backup, etc.)  I did not like how the software includes advertisements for other CyberLink products in the options menu.  That’s not cool, nor is asking to install Google Toolbar during the install.  But the speed of the backups and straightforward interface was definitely a positive experience.

Product Name PowerBackup
Version 2.5
License Shareware
Price $39.95
Operating Systems Window
Backup Types
Files and Folders yes
Full Disk Image no
Incremental yes
Differential yes
Backup Destinations
Hard Drive yes
Removable Media yes
Network Shares yes
Blu-ray yes
CD/DVD yes
FTP no
Online Storage no
Compression yes
Encryption yes
Email Notifications no
Error Handling yes
File Versioning yes
Priority Setting no
Scheduling yes
Speed Limiting no
Synchronization no

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund

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

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  • Larry S

    I am using the 2.6 version of PowerBackup. I disagree with the last line in this review, that PowerBackup has a ” straightforward interface was definitely a positive experience.” Not so, when it comes to a “full system backup.” PowerBackup 2.5 and 2.6 has eliminated essential files to do a complete backup, unbeknownst to the end-user. There is no warning, no flags, and you only find it out through either trial and error or by downloading the full PDF manual from the internet, which is not included in the installed program! Case in point, if you open Options and tab Filter, the automatic settings for PowerBackup is “Do not backup the following file types:,” and two icons are preset, “Hidden files and folders” and “Protected Operation files.” While the end user may be leaping with joy after reading this positive experience review and rush into making a full backup, they will find a disaster when it is time to do a restoration. Not all files for Windows were copied.
    The way around this is to open Filter and click each blocked item and Remove. The second problem is that PowerBackup is not intuitively useful like all other full backup programs. On the front page, it gives you the option of what to check off for copying. If you check mark the first box, then all boxes are automatically checked off giving you the impression that the entire system is being backed up. Nope, not even close. It was by already knowing how many Gigs and files are on my system that I became suspiciously aware that I was not getting the kind of backup that, say, Acronis, Macrium, or Paragon would give me. PowerBackup was showing only about half the file and Gig number, which is when I found that they have the essential files blocked, but worse, to do the complete backup, you have to go down from the check marked boxes to the closed icon, “This PC,” and open it. Then you will see your “C:” drive is unchecked, so while you think you are getting a full backup, you aren’t and this is the fault of PowerBackup giving the impression of easy end user software, like other Cyberlink products, that will leave them with no Operating Stem when they try to restore it. You must open “This PC” and check mark the “C:” drive to get a truly full backup. These hidden quirks run foul against all of the other kind of easy to use backup programs on the market, so I do not even suggest Cyberlinks PowerBackup. End users should not have to figure out workarounds to get the results that should be intuitively setup by the software creator. It gets one star for their effort.

    • Thanks for the detailed review Larry. I haven’t tried the latest version (2.6) at this time.