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Handy Backup

Handy Backup is a backup tool that protects your data from loss or damage. Handy Backup operates under Windows 95, 98, ME or Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003. It will back up your files at any convenient time, restore files from a backup copy or synchronize them between different locations. All these operations are performed in the background. You only need to setup the program once, and it will execute scheduled backups, restores and synchronizations at the time needed. Handy Backup works with files organized in items. You can set a number of parameters for an item: operation type (backup, restore or synchronize), source and destination locations of files and folders, special options (compression, encryption), scheduling, etc.

Key features

  • Supports different types of backup storage including FTP, removable media and all types of LAN's;
  • CD-RW support with disc spanning to divide a large backup set into parts saved onto several discs;
  • Integrated Zip compression;
  • 128 bit encryption for stored data;
  • Flexible scheduler;
  • Multi-threaded transfer engine that executes backups in the background;
  • Backup of several folders or files at a time;
  • Activity log in RTF format for each backup item;
  • Option to run backups on log on/log off;
  • Options to set any other program to run before/after running a backup item;
  • Flexible file selection and file masks handling;
  • Special plugins to back up your Outlook, ICQ and registry data;
  • MD4/MD5 password support for FTP backups;
  • E-mail notification about operation results;
  • Command line interface for professional users.

Possible uses

  • Handy Backup allows you to copy files between work and home computers automatically, without necessity to use any storage media. You can modify files on your work computer and they will be synchronized automatically with the home computer.
  • Keep your laptop synchronized with the desktop. With Handy Backup you can copy files between your laptop or notebook computer and your desktop computer keeping all important files updated on both systems.
  • If your data is located on a remote FTP server and you wish to keep the same data on your local machine, Handy Backup will create an identical copy of the data stored on the FTP. If data in one of these identical folders is changed, the program will make the folders identical any time you wish or automatically.
  • Handy Backup can also be used to copy files between servers to have synchronized information across the network.
  • If you periodically copy files from one computer to another, you know that if something goes wrong during the copying process you'll have to start copying all over again. Using Handy Backup, once you set up source and destination locations, even if there is a problem, you won't have to start copying from the beginning. Simply fix the problem and Handy Backup will copy only missed or changed files.
  • You can synchronize files on two computers, i.e. bring them to the same state. The newer version replaces the older one, and files missing on one machine will be added. Synchronization can work in one or both directions, e. g. between a notebook and a desktop PC or among network computers.

Basic actions

Handy Backup performs three types of operations - backup, restore and synchronization.


Backup is the most frequently used operation type. It is used to save your important files into another storage location. If some files are corrupted or lost in the original folder, you can restore them from the backup copies. Handy Backup allows you to choose between two backup types, full backup and incremental backup. In the incremental mode the program copies only files that have been changed since previous backup; files are compared by date and time of the last change. The advantages of this backup type are obvious - less amount of data to operate with, less time is necessary to perform backup operation.


Restore is used for restoring files from a backup copy in case your original data is accidentally lost or corrupted. It can be also used to restore backed up data to a different location. Handy Backup can perform full restore and incremental restore where only those files that have been changed since previous restore are restored. The program allows you to select the restore location for your files - to restore to any other folder, even to one located on another machine. Sometimes it is necessary to restore only several files or a single file. Handy Backup allows you to perform this, too.


You can use this type of operation to synchronize data between different locations, for example, your home and office machine. You can also synchronize data with a remote FTP server. Handy Backup performs 3 types of synchronization:

  • Copying from the first folder to the second - the program copies files and folders from the first folder to the second;
  • Copying from the second folder to the first - the program copies files and folders from the second folder to the first;
  • Mirroring both folders - the program makes contents of both folders identical.

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