Despite its funny sounding name, Oops!Backup is some pretty serious software. It backs up your entire user folder, automatically and on a continuous basis. Using its BackInTime technology, you can restore any file from previous versions.
- Continuous, hourly backups protect data 24/7
- Backs up entire Windows user folder
- Recover files from any point in time
- 120 day money back guarantee
- No full disk imaging
The Bottom Line
Anyone who wants to backup their files on a constant basis would be well served by Oops!Backup.
Right off the bat, Oops!Backup pops up a browser window, asking users to configure the software and gives an email address to ask any questions – a nice touch.
When first started, the Setup Wizard will prompt you to create a backup plan, or restore your files (if you’re migrating to a new computer).
Oops!Backup backs up the entire user folder by default, which is great. This takes all the guesswork out of choosing which files to back up. It’s also something I’ve been saying all backup software should be doing – keep it simple!
Next, it automatically scans for connected drives, and gives a recommendation. With my setup, it recommended my external hard drive which is exactly where I wanted my backups to be stored.
The default backup frequency is once every hour, hence the “Time Machine for Windows” slogan.
Oops!Backup has a lot of advanced settings to choose from. Here are the most important ones:
- “Plug and protect” to start backups automatically upon connecting the backup drive
- Copy locked and open files
- Automatic purging of old backups
- Storage limit for old versions
Oops!Backup had no problems backing up all my user data. When it was finished, any changes to my files were also backed up (once every hour, or when clicking the “Backup Now” button).
I found restoring data to be very easy. I was able to browse snapshots, find the data I wanted to restore, and with the click of a button restore my files.
This is what enables you to “travel back in time” to find and recover changes made to any file.
Silent File Versioning
Oops!Backup works silently in the background, tracking changes you make to photos, MS Office documents, and other files. When changes are detected it automatically backs up and versions them for you.
Plug & Protect
Whenever you connect your backup drive, Oops!Backup will immediately start backing up any changes.
Basically, this only backs up changes to each version of an altered file, rather than the whole file each time it changes. It also ensures that the latest version of a file is always a full backup, and no delta files will be required to rebuild it. Why? Because in most restore scenarios, the file you usually need is the latest one. And the more delta files you need to go through to rebuild it, the higher the chances for errors. This fixes that. Another way to describe this is “reverse incremental.”
Altaro invites users to contact them with any questions via email, promising they’ll reply within 24 hours. Altaro also has a community support forum along with the typical user guide, a knowledgebase, and a FAQ.
I was impressed with Oops!Backup, particularly with how easy it was to use. The way the software automatically backs up the entire Windows user account folder is a major plus. Average users don’t have to decide which settings to choose, because the software automatically recommends the best choices.
I also liked that the ReverseDelta, Plug & Protect, and other features were actually useful; they make backups easier and more secure.
The only downside is it doesn’t do full disk imaging, so system files aren’t backed up. But if you’re just looking to backup files and folders, Oops!Backup is a solid choice.
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