Backup2 USB

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We can create custom versions for each of the Backup2 programs. If you're a hardware manufacturer or services provider you can offer a backup solution by bundling a Backup2 program with:
  • USB/Firewire enclosures
  • DVD/Blu-ray burners
  • USB flash drives
  • NAS devices
  • Internal/external HDD drives
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Latest News

October 19, 2010

All the Backup2 programs were updated to version 4.5

Changes in version 4.5:
  • The progress bar contains now more details
  • New GUI translation added (Finnish)
  • Scheduled jobs now show an extra icon in the backup list
  • Added "Active" checkbox for filters
  • Scheduled tasks can be created via Remote Desktop
  • Repair function from "Control Panel" works even if installed from exe
You can download version 4.5 here: Download Backup2 4.5

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Softland, the company that develops the Backup2 suite of backup programs, has achieved the Microsoft Certified Partner status with an ISV/Software Solutions Competency.

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Backup2 USB is a backup program for Windows that supports as backup destinations removable and external drives, such as USB/Firewire enclosures.
Backup to USB

It can automatically protect your important files and folders using the scheduler and also offers password protection for the compressed backup files.

This backup program can back-up open (locked) files and it can perform full, differential, incremental and mirror backups. This means that the resulting backup can be stored either in standard zip format or without any compression at all.

When defining a back-up job you can set source filters, so that only specific files/folders will be backed-up. Once the back-up finishes, you can see what files have been changed since the last backup or read statistics about the next backup execution.

Predefined backups, such as My Documents, My Pictures, Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or IE Favorites, make it easier to back-up specific applications or data. Additionally, other backup plugins can be freely installed from our extensive online library.

This backup program creates standard zip files, which means that you can access the saved backup files with any zip compatible utility. Furthermore, with support for the ZIP64 format, you can back-up files larger than 2GB.

It keeps track of file versions which means that you can easily restore any version of files or an entire folder. As with sources, the files/folders to be restored can be filtered too. The resulting backup files are automatically tested to ensure that there aren't any errors (uses CRC32).

Can be installed and used on Windows 2000, 2003 Server, XP, Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7 and offers multi language support.

Standard compression format

The Backup2 applications create standard zip files. This means that the backup file is compatible with any zip utility. Unlike other backup programs, if the resulting zip backup files are greater than 2GB, zip64 technology will be used. This means that the resulting backup file (in zip format) can have an unlimited size and let you encrypt the zip files using AES encryption (256-bits).

Predefined backup jobs

By default, several predefined backup plugins are installed, and these let you easily define a backup job for: My documents, My pictures, Outlook Express emails and settings, Internet Explorer favorites, Mozilla Firefox profiles, Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook emails and settings.

Backup plugins

You can install backup plugins to backup/restore the settings of specific programs. A plugin is actually an XML file that once installed adds a predefined backup. For example, a backup plugin for Mozilla Thunderbird, when installed, will automatically add in the Predefined Backup list an entry for it, so when defining a new backup job if that’s selected, Mozilla Thunderbird emails and settings will be added as source for the new backup.

Backup statistics

These statistics will show information about the number of files that will be backed up and the total calculated size of the resulting backup files, as well as information regarding the number of excluded/deleted/unchanged files and the available free space on the destination.

File version tracking

Each Backup2 application tracks file versions. This means that you can selectively restore any previous version of a file that was backed up.

Multiple backup types

There are four backup types to choose from: full backup, differential backup, incremental backup and mirror backup. This allows backing up the files using standard zip compression, or simply mirroring them without any compression at all.

Intuitive Interface

The Getting Started window offers quick links to the main functions (backup and restore) as well as information for first time users. If you prefer the Explorer-like interface, the Backup2 applications offer an Explore View that lets you see all files and folders that are in the backup job, with information on which ones will be stored at the next backup execution. You can sort and search the file tree in Explore view.

Backup to USB/Firewire devices

Backup2 is a set of backup programs, the main difference between each of them being the destination type they back up to, as each of them stores the backup on a distinct destination. Backup2 USB is a backup program for Windows that supports as backup destinations removable and external drives, such as USB/Firewire enclosures.

Mirror backup with zip

While full, differential and incremental backup types create compressed (zip) backups, the mirror backup type creates an exact copy of the files and folders that are selected as sources. However, there's an additional option that lets you individually zip the files when using mirror backup.

Scheduled backups

You can schedule backup jobs to be executed automatically, so that your important files will be backed up at specific dates. This eases the backup process because you set it once and forget about it.

Automatic updates

You can configure it to check for updates either manually or automatically at a scheduled date. This way you'll be able to keep your program up-to-date without any hassles.

Adding sources is easy

Multiple files and folders can be added as sources using the folder tree, or you can include/exclude them individually. Even more, sources can be added by dragging them from Windows Explorer (or another file manager) and dropping them into the sources window.

Open file backup

The Backup2 programs use the Volume Shadow Copy service which let you back up files in use (local open files) from NTFS partitions in Windows Vista, XP, 2003 and 2008 Server. As an example, you can back up Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Mozilla Thunderbird emails and settings without closing them.

Easily backup and restore data

Even if you're seeing the program for the first time, the backup wizard will allow you to easily create a backup job and start protecting your data. It's as simple as selecting Where to back-up (destination), What to backup (sources), How to backup (what backup type to use) and When to backup (scheduling automatic backups).

Click any of the images below to start the gallery (screenshots taken under Windows 7)
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.5.226 (14-10-2010)
  • New: The progress bar contains now more details
  • New: New GUI translation added (Finnish)
  • New: Scheduled jobs now show an extra icon in the backup list
  • New: Added command line parameters for "Difference Viewer"
  • New: Added "Active" checkbox for filters
  • New: Scheduled tasks can be created via Remote Desktop
  • New: Shutdown pop-up notification is shown even if backup is running in background
  • New: Repair function from "Control Panel" works even if installed from exe
  • Fix: Backup jobs from CD/DVD cannot be open because of read-only attribute
  • Fix: Sheduled backups at 00:00 or 12:00 AM were not correctly listed in Backup view
  • Fix: Restore Preview page shows the UTC time, not the local time
  • Fix: Shutdown after backup did not work if no user is logged on
  • Fix: Standalone scheduler does not run at startup or at logon
  • Fix: Command line Access Violation when local catalog was not used
  • Fix: User intervention was expected for scheduled groups
  • Fix: In some cases, the application did not start at Windows startup
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.4.218 (31-08-2010)
  • Fix: Fixed problem with long "Preparing shadow copy" message during the backup
  • Fix: Removed false errors during restore of NTFS files with permissions
  • Fix: Copy NTFS permissions problem fixed
  • Fix: Dll problem fixed for Windows 2000 server
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.4.214 (30-07-2010)
  • Fix: Vscsrv2008 crashes under Windows Vista/7/2008 32 bit.
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.4.213 (29-06-2010)
  • Fix: Temporary files were not deleted during the restore of multiple splits.
  • Fix: Scheduled backup at system shutdown was asking for a password in some cases.
  • Fix: Backup view not expanded correctly in some cases.
  • Fix: Cannot open catalog from a mapped drive.
  • Fix: Vscsrv.exe crashes under Win XP 64-bit.
  • Fix: SQL Server Backup was automatically triggered when using backup open files option.
  • Fix: Rename backup jobs from removable drives.
  • Fix: Select folder and driver destination does not indicate the specified folder.
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.4.206 (5-05-2010)
  • Fix: File/folder icons were not correctly displayed in Explore View.
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.4.188 (20-01-2010)
  • New: Backup jobs can now be moved in the backup list(drag-and-drop)
  • New: Test runs after the merge operation too
  • Fix: Backup2 USB froze while paused for a longer period of time
  • Fix: Warning message when cannot open read-only catalog file
  • Fix: "Backup all groups" scheduler did not work correctly
  • Fix: Restore with problems from "Getting Started" page
  • Fix: "Filter by action" under Scheduler page did not work correctly
  • Fix: Some fixes when backing up open files
  • Fix: "Open" and "View with Notepad" options fixed
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.3.175 (25-11-2009)
  • Fix: Hidden scheduled tasks not starting.
  • Fix: Deleted or excluded files were restored all the time
  • New: Estonian language was added.
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.3.173 (20-11-2009)
  • Fix: Problem when switching between backup limitation options
  • Fix: Deleted files were restored all the time
  • Fix: "Backup all groups" radio button does not correctly work
  • Fix: Sort files after size does not work correctly
  • Fix: Backup open files problem fixed
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.3.168 (5-11-2009)
  • New: Added a new option that lets you Backup all groups
  • New: Split the backup according to a number of files/folders
  • New: New option to "Store temporary catalog data in memory"
  • New: "Minimize to tray when finished" added for backup on demand
  • Fix: Test with warnings for Backup2 USB configurations plugin on Vista
  • Fix: Index out of bounds during independent test for mirror
  • Fix: Backup2 USB did not close after run for backups on demand
  • Fix: Backup open files on 64-bit OS
  • Fix: Desktop.ini file was modified after backup on Windows 2008 R2
  • Fix: The scheduled task was not created if switching to another application during setup
  • Fix: Skipping files from disconnected source drives is faster
  • Fix: Restoring file with non-English characters
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.2.156 (28-08-2009)
  • Fix: Volume Shadow Copy problems on Windows 2003
  • Fix: Some files were not correctly backed up using mirror type
  • Fix: Faster actions for large number of versions
  • Fix: Command line speed improvements
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.2.155 (24-08-2009)
  • Fix: Volume Shadow Copy problems
  • Fix: Microsoft Outlook plugin
  • Fix: Faster catalog loading for large number of versions
  • Fix: Some tags were not working for Mirror backup
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.2.154 (12-08-2009)
  • New: Bulgarian language was added
  • New: Czech language was added
  • Fix: Test after backup had false warnings in some cases
  • Fix: Backup open files fix
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.2.153 (7-08-2009)
  • Fix: New backup jobs using existing plugins had wrong paths in sources
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.2.152 (6-08-2009)
  • Fix: In certain cases installation would stop with an "Ended Prematurely" error
  • Fix: Changing user settings during installation would result in backup jobs not being imported from the previous version
  • Fix: Crash when using the Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook plugin
  • Fix: Scheduled jobs would return an AV in particular cases
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.2.150 (30-07-2009)
  • New: Added Unicode filename support (files with non-standard characters can be easily backed up now)
  • New: Backup2 USB is now compatible with 64-bit operating systems too
  • New: Environment Variables can be used when defining new filters (e.g. %temp%, %SystemRoot%)
  • New: File versions can be compared now
  • New: Added "Select columns" option in the right-click menu of the versions section (Explore View)
  • New: Added option to select new filetype for log files (.txt is accepted now too, given that .log files cannot be opened on Blackberry devices)
  • New: Added option "Remove from sources" when right-clicking a file in Explore View
  • New: Added "Run With" and "Job Type" in schedule lists
  • New: Added a new button for "Ignore all" during restore
  • New: Added notification if the CTM gets corrupted (ask user to reinstall application)
  • New: Added an option to force the after backup action execution
  • New: Interface now available in French, German, Malay, Portuguese too
  • Update: Sources can be modified now even after selecting a Predefined Backup job (this way a backup job can be used as a "template" for future backup jobs)
  • Fix: In particular cases the .bkc got corrupted
  • Fix: Fixed an error when using "Create full paths (including drive letter)" option
  • Fix: "Destination error" when using the Mirror backup type with a plugin
  • Fix: The zip split is adjusted to the destination media even if is set to a larger size
  • Fix: SQL errors were showing in some particular cases
  • Fix: Some unicode characters were not zipped correctly
  • Fix: Cannot use a mapped drive as destination in New Backup Wizard
  • Fix: Changing the time zone caused the back up of all files
  • Fix: Several Access Violations were fixed
  • Fix: Multiple files selection was not working correctly
Changes in Backup2 USB 4.1.139 (13-05-2009)
  • Fix: An AV occured after starting a Backup Group when a backup job was already active
  • Fix: The Merge operation was not using the correct temporary folder

Changes in Backup2 USB 4.1.138 (8-05-2009)
  • New zip prefix: "Backup Day of Week (locale)" - number that takes into account the regional settings
  • New zip prefix: "Backup Day of Week (name)" - short name of the day in week
  • Fix: Minimum zip split size was not enforced to 512 KB
  • Fix: Catalogs were inconsistent after runing cleanup on imported backup jobs
  • Fix: An access violation was triggered in some cases when running mirror with zip
  • Fix: Corrected volume shadow copy service issues for jobs using plugins

Changes in Backup2 USB 4.1.137 (29-04-2009)
  • Update: The "Prepare files list" operation was optimized so the backup time is reduced
  • Update: Test operation is now faster for large files
  • Update: Italian and Spanish languages were updated

Changes in Backup2 USB 4.1.136 (24-04-2009)
  • Update: If the user cannot write to Folder locations paths, the default path will be used.
  • Fix: When backup limit was reached, the zip splits were not always deleted from destination
  • Fix: The default installation language was not English if the OS was in another language than English
  • Fix: Changing from Fast mirror to Full mirror was not correctly done in catalog in some cases
  • Fix: Sometimes there was a problem when loading an imported catalog
  • Fix: Restoring a single file to a different location was recreating the entire path
  • Fix: Merge backups was not working for application configurations

Changes in Backup2 USB 4.1.135 (6-04-2009)
  • Fix: When restoring a selective file to another location, the entire original file path was added

Changes in Backup2 USB 4.1.134 (31-03-2009)
  • Update: On Vista, the "Code error: 0x8007052E" message is now more explanatory
  • Update: Spanish interface language added

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