Basically, I wanted to be able to specify folders and files to be
backed up, the backup destination, and that compression be used. I did
not need something that watches for modified files etc. I tried the
demo and it was exactly what I was looking for, the price was right
and the rest is history.
The main thing is ease of use. I could do the same thing by writing
batch files using PowerArchiver or WinZip, but your program is very
easy to use and handles the Zip compression very easily. I don't have
to bother with changing the batch files whenever I want to add or
delete files. Your product has one purpose and it does it extremely
Bruce Wilkinson, Systems Provider
Ultra simple user interface for clients that have no capacity to
understand the need for backup. If it is this simple they can do it.
This combined with an easy to use setup makes it very usable for me as
a systems provider. A very tasteful design (and this is not a small
feature to me). Ugly software and bad design has driven me from many
products. I do not find it comforting or stimulating to work in front
of a rotting compost and I find it even less so faced with bad art and
tasteless design in software. Life has too little art. Thank you for
Ever since my wife and kids started using my computer I needed a
backup program that is reliable, automatic and easy to use. I
downloaded many many of backup programs and tried them all. All in all
Argentum Backup is a perfect program for me and in my opinion an
overall outstanding program. I have told all my friends about
it and gave a lot of them the demo to evaluate on their own.
One of the best things I liked about Argentum Backup was that it
simply creates a Zip file. It doesn't use a file format that may not
be compatible with other machines or that requires software from the
Iomega, etc. For example, if my home computer crashed and I was using
Microsoft Backup for Windows 98, I couldn't open the files at work
while my home computer was being repaired, since my PC at work uses
Windows NT, which isn't compatible with Microsoft Backup for Windows
98. In short, I like the fact that it uses a format I can quickly open
on any machine without trying to find and load software. Great,
simple, intuitive product. Thanks.
I tried it and loved it at once. I liked the pared-down nature of
the concept and the obviously tight coding which one so seldom sees
now. It felt like old assembler coding used to feel and the slim use
of resources meant that I could leave it running to schedule without
concern about slowing other things down. I have suggested it to
several other people and I shall continue to praise your program of
It was so simple, so small, and so very basic that even the user I
want to be in charge of it at my former work site can do it!
As you know, the backup utility in Windows XP Pro is clumsy, prone
to unpredictable errors, and not usable across different platforms. I
spent almost half a day on the Internet yesterday testing different
backup programs and comparing prices and features. I became aware of
Argentum Backup 1.8 from the ZDNet Downloads site. Even though I was
pissed that the best features were blocked from the trial version, I
knew I had to have it because of its simplicity, speed, and elegant
interface. Compared to the trash offered by others, $25 is a bargain
for this application! Best regards.
Can't remember where I found Backup, was browsing for a backup
program and found yours. I like it because it's simple but does the
job, making backups without me having to go through all kinds of
stupid options I never use anyway. I like the user interface, nice and
simple. The only option I miss is a log-file so I can easily check
when I made which backup. Other than that it's a great program.
I especially like just answering a series of questions with the
"Next>" button. You can be working the software without even
reading the manual. Plus the interface is very neat and crisp.
I am going to use Argentum Backup in preference to NTI Backup Now!
CD-RW because the latter has a proprietary file format which means you
need the NTI Backup Now! program to do the restoring and I found the
restoring process to be a little inflexible. I much prefer the
Argentum's Zip format which means I can use one of several programs to
do the restore. I like the ease of defining a task.
Finally, I am 61 years old and have been ripped off several times
in this long life (and probably even more times that I don't know
about) and hence I firmly believe in and support the shareware
principle. Thank you for letting me try before I buy. I wish you all a
happy and successful New Year.
I first read about Argentum Backup in an impressive tutorial
article in PC User, March 2003, and downloaded a free copy of your
program from the magazine CD, on to my computer. At the time, I had
recently bought another computer to update to Windows XP, and being a
bit scared of modern technology (I am 76 years of age!), decided to
wait until familiar with the new machine before trying the Argentum
Backup program. A week ago, I was able to trial it and was so
impressed by the ease of use, even for a beginner like me, that I
immediately sent off a request for 2 licenses - one for each machine,
and have since been delighted by your response. Unbelievable service,
thank you, and I look forward to future backing up with much
It is really nice to deal with a company that is personal and
caring of the customer. Your backup software is simple enough for my
wife to use, a complete newbie. It will teach her good habits about
backing up her important work.
I am writing to tell you how pleased I am with your product. I
tried the demo version and within 5 minutes of loading it I was sure
that I would purchase. I did! It is so simple and easy to use I can't
imagine what you could do to improve on it! My thanks go to you for
the development of such a wonderful and easy to use product.
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