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.
- 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.
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.
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:
- Select Source – in other words, which files and folders (or application data) you want to back up.
- Select Destination – such as Hard Disk, DVD, or Blu-ray.
- Select Method – options are Full, Differential, and Incremental (only backs up changes)
- Run the backup
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.
In testing, PowerBackup was able to restore my files quickly and easily.
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.
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.
|Files and Folders|
|Full Disk Image|