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Your data is extremely important and it’s vital that you make sure it’s backed up. Data loss is a painful and frustrating experience. Although data recovery is sometimes possible What Is Data Recovery And How Does It Work? What Is Data Recovery And How Does It Work? If you've ever experienced a major loss of data, you've probably wondered about data recovery -- how does it work? Read More , you should avoid that by installing backup software, which will automatically take copies of your files and offer you redundancy.

We’ve taken a look at a new tool that prioritizes simple and fast backups. We demonstrate how it works and explain how it compares to other tools that we’ve previously tested.

Please be sure to leave us a comment afterwards to let us know if you’ve used Bvckup 2 or have your own backup program recommendation.

Backing Up with Bvckup 2

Bvckup 2 is a lightweight and speedy backup solution What Is The Best Backup Solution? [Geeks Weigh In] What Is The Best Backup Solution? [Geeks Weigh In] Ten years ago an external hard drive – or even a physical disc such as a CD-ROM – was the only practical way to back up files. Consumer-grade network storage solutions were primitive, expensive and... Read More that offers simple A to B copy functionality. The tool offers real-time backups, as well as scheduled or manual backups, it can handle very large backups, and it supports multi-core processing sensitive to CPU load.

Generally speaking, there are two classes of backup software. The first is specific data backups and the second is system backups. The former will typically cover personal data like documents, videos, music, and the like. The latter is more about protecting your system and ensuring that you have a comprehensive image of it in times when disaster recovery is necessary.

Bvckup 2 falls into that first category. It’s not a tool for full system protection. What it is, however, is an excellent way of creating exact mirror copies of particular sets of data. Point it to a set of data and it will create a copy of it, ensuring that it’s kept completely in sync. Any changes you make to the source will be replicated in the backup. If you’re looking for precise, speedy, and fuss-free data cloning, Bvckup 2 is for you.

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Getting Started

It’s incredibly simple to get up and running with Bvckup 2. Once you’ve downloaded the executable from the website, launch it and click Next to progress past the splash screen.

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Accept the terms, then continue. You’ll be asked whether you want to install the program for everyone or just for yourself. If you’re the system administrator, opt for the former. It’s probably the better choice anyway, since it’ll save a minor hassle down the line if you do decide you want the program to be available to everyone.

Go ahead and click Install. You’ll see a quick breakdown of the program installing itself, but this will be very quick. It took seconds to install for me, which just goes to show how lightweight Bvckup 2 actually is. Now click Run Bvckup to do exactly that.

Interface Overview

The first thing you’ll notice when launching Bvckup 2, is just how clean the interface is. It’s incredibly simple, but it’s exactly what the program is aiming for and it nails it. In a day where some programs are a slog to find your way around, it’s refreshing to come across something which cuts out the fat and presents everything obviously.

When you have backups set up, which we’ll get to shortly, these will all appear in a list. You can click and drag to reorganize them, though bear in mind this is just for visual organization. You can right click a scheduled backup to alter its settings, access the deleted items archive, remove it, and more. To action multiple items on the list, hold CTRL and left click each backup item.

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Before beginning, I would recommend navigating to Options from the top menu and then Preferences. Here you will be able to adjust things like update behavior or enabling concurrent backups. Of particular note, however, is something simple but important: ensure you tick Launch when you log into Windows because this is disabled by default. You want to be able to set your backups and forget about them with peace of mind, so having to remember to launch Bvckup 2 each time is an unnecessary bother.

Finally, Bvckup 2 comes with a two week trial. To activate the program after this, click License this copy in the top-right corner and then input your activation code. Bvckup 2 is available for $19.95 for a personal license or $39.95 for enterprise, with discounts available on bulk orders.

Creating a Backup

To begin creating a backup, go to File in the top menu and then select Add new backup…. A new window will open where you can begin to detail the rules of your backup. First, we’ll choose what to back up. To do so, select Browse… next to the Backup from field. For now you just need to select the folder which contains what you want to back up. Don’t worry if you don’t want everything from within that folder – we can specify specific files in moment. Hit Select Folder when done.

Next, click Browse… on the Backup to field. This is the folder where you want your files to be backed up to. If you want to create an actual secure backup, rather than just cloning some files, you need to store the backup on a separate drive to where the originals are stored. This is because if that drive dies 5 Signs Your Hard Drive Lifetime Is Ending (And What to Do) 5 Signs Your Hard Drive Lifetime Is Ending (And What to Do) Since a majority of people today own laptops and external hard drives, which get dragged around quite a bit, a realistic hard drive lifetime is probably around 3 - 5 years. This is an extremely... Read More , then you’ve lost the original and the backup. Ideally, you’ll select a drive that’s stored in another physical location Disaster-Proof Your Data! 4 Offsite Backup Solutions Disaster-Proof Your Data! 4 Offsite Backup Solutions Laptops, desktops and tablets are ultimately trivial items that can be replaced and hold little value, but the same might not be true of the data they contain. Losing a project you’ve worked years on... Read More (via a network link for the purposes of Bvckup 2), but an external drive will suffice. And note that you need to choose a folder that is purely for your backups, not containing other existing data. When chosen, click Select Folder.

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Of note here is the pin icon that you can click within the two fields. This allows you to enable a feature called source tracking. I recommend that you enable this, especially if you’re using external drives. What it’ll do is record the specific location that the data resides on and only run the backup when those devices are present. As such, instead of being tied to a drive letter, the backup will look for the specific devices and only run when it detects them both.

You can choose to give your backup a Description. If you don’t, the homepage will display the backup from and to folder. I actually prefer this because you can quickly see at a glance precisely the folders that are being used, but I could see the description coming in handy if you have many different backups that achieve specific tasks – a different backup for each file type, like pictures, videos and music, for example.

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Now it’s time to delve deeper into the specific parameters of the backup. First, specify exactly what should be backed up by clicking Details… next to What to backup. Here you can narrow down which subfolders and files you want to include in your backup. You can also apply rules by clicking Add… in the relevant section. Rules are applied from the top, meaning that anything that conflicts underneath will be ignored. You can include or exclude files based on specific attributes like if they’re read-only or compressed, or you can manually input file name or extensions. Click OK when done.

Next, click Change besides When to backup. This will open the options in-line, which is a really smooth user interface choice. Here you can choose whether the backup should run if files are modified, on a specific time interval, or just when manually chosen. For the most up-to-date backup, select the real-time option. If you don’t need your backups to be in total sync, then opting for a backup every 12 hours or so would also be suitable.

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Moving down, Detecting changes and Copying both have two choices within them which are fully explained. If you value speed in your backup more than anything, keep these options as default. If you want to make your backup as secure and reliable as possible, select Copy files in full on the latter section. Your backups will take a little bit longer, but it means that the risk of data loss is reduced in the case of critical failure.

Next, click Change next to Deleting. This section allows you to decide what should happen to files which are deleted from the source. For complete mirroring with no redundancy Things You Should Know About Redundancy and Backups Things You Should Know About Redundancy and Backups Redundancy is frequently confused with backups. Indeed, the concepts are relatively similar, albeit with some important differences. Read More , select Delete backup copies. Personally, I don’t think that’s the best move. You never know when you might need a file back; it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’ve got plentiful storage space, consider selecting Keep backup copies to store absolutely everything. If you don’t want that, but still want a bit of leeway on files you delete, select Archive backup copies and then Edit details… to set how long deleted files should be kept for.

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Finally, next to More options…, click Change. This section allows you to choose further factors like whether ownership information of files should be copied, how to handle shadow copying, move detection, and more. Of particular note is the Email alerts dropdown, which can be helpful to send a message if a backup has failed.

When you’re all done, click Create to set the backup live. Bvckup 2 will immediately begin to copy your files. You’ll notice that it’s very speedy at doing this, but future backups will be even quicker as they’ll be carried out incrementally, meaning only data that has been changed will be copied over.

In Comparison

Overall, I found Bvckup 2 extremely easy to use and an incredibly reliable backup tool. It did what it was told, coped well with data changes, and never failed. It also performs very quickly and quietly, putting no noticeable strain on my system. You could happily set your backups and have this running forever without even being aware that it’s working away in the background. With data being so vulnerable What Is Data Corruption And How To Prevent It What Is Data Corruption And How To Prevent It Read More , you should really have a backup strategy in place.

It’s important to note that Bvckup 2 doesn’t offer encryption, compression, or restoration features. This is because it isn’t what it sets out to do, rather than it being an oversight. These are features more commonly associated with system backup utilities and they don’t fit into this lightweight utility. Instead, the developer of Bvckup 2 has decided to focus on simply doing data mirroring extremely well. And that aim is achieved faultlessly.

If you are looking for a backup system that is more comprehensive in its offerings, with a focus on system-wide backup rather than data mirroring, check out some of these alternatives below.

CrashPlan

CrashPlan is an established backup provider that offers free local backup and paid cloud plans, allowing you to back up computers to one another How To Back Up PCs To Each Other Via The Internet Using Crash Plan Personal How To Back Up PCs To Each Other Via The Internet Using Crash Plan Personal Backing up the data on your computer is vital. Yet not everyone does something about it. Why? Because backing up a computer remains a bit of a pain. If you own more than one computer,... Read More .

Though I find CrashPlan’s interface difficult to use at first and still cumbersome at times, its feature set is much richer. It compresses the data, meaning you save on disk space, and can encrypt at various levels to protect sensitive data.

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Most importantly, it’s capable of restoring data back into its original structure. One of the core purposes of backup is disaster recovery and CrashPlan makes it so easy to restore. Bvckup 2, on the other hand, offers no such ability due to its focus on mirroring, meaning that if you were to try and restore a lot of data from it then you’d waste time.

SugarSync

SugarSync is a backup service that lets you back up and sync your data across your devices SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service File backup is not a new conversation or topic by any means. If you search Google for “file backup” you will likely be overwhelmed by services and articles on the topic. It is a vast... Read More  using Dropbox. Bvckup 2 isn’t available on mobile, whereas SugarSync is, so if you need one program that captures your entire digital presence, then you might be better off here. It has an equally nice interface, but the biggest downside is that it comes with a monthly fee due to the primarily cloud nature of the service, whereas Bvckup 2 charges you once and that’s it. If cross-device synchronization and cloud backup isn’t important to you, however, then you’ll probably find SugarSync unsuitable.

EaseUS Todo Backup

Finally, you may also want to consider EaseUS Todo Backup (free). Though the interface is merely serviceable, it offers ample features as outline in our EaseUs Todo Backup review Backup Your PC With Ease For Free Using Easeus Todo Backup [Windows] Backup Your PC With Ease For Free Using Easeus Todo Backup [Windows] Read More . Not only is it capable of performing folder structure backup, but it can also take an image of your entire system for ultimate disaster recovery. The good thing is that it incrementally backs up and compresses it at the end, too. Though I didn’t find EaseUS as fast as Bvckup 2, it does come with those added benefits if it’s what you’re after, along with security features like encryption.

Is Bvckup 2 Worthwhile?

There’s no denying that Bvckup 2 is an excellently produced bit of software. It’s extremely lightweight, performs really well, and is easy to use. It aims to only provide A to B backup and it succeeds on that with flying colors. Plus, on top of that, it offers up incremental backups, time scheduling, deleted file retention, and much more, meaning you can customize your backups to exactly how you need them.

Though it doesn’t offer encryption, compression or recovery, that’s okay providing you’re just after effective data mirroring rather than entire system backup – if it’s the latter you’re after, check out one of our three alternatives. Otherwise, if there’s a need that Bvckup 2 can fulfill for you, I wholeheartedly recommend it. Plus it comes with a trial period, so it’s definitely worth checking out and testing to see if it suits you.

Additionally, alongside those listed earlier in the article, be sure to check out our round-up of some of the other best Windows backup programs The Best Windows Software The Best Windows Software Windows is swimming in a sea of free applications. Which ones can you trust and which ones are the best? If you're unsure or need to solve a specific task, consult this list. Read More available, as well as our PC Backup & Restore Guide The PC Backup & Restore Guide The PC Backup & Restore Guide Disasters happen. Unless you're okay with losing all of your data, you need a good backup system. Read More .

Are you using Bvckup 2 or have you done so in the past? Is there a backup program you recommend?

  1. ab abenev
    September 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I am using Cobian Backup for lots of backup plans - both personal and corporate - and so far (fingers firmly crossed) it never let me down. It's free and I find it quick and reliable but will sure give these suggested softwares a try too!

  2. L3 CM
    September 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    SyncBack seems like a much better version of this. It has been around forever, actively updated, and is the most reliable software of any category that I have used. It is easy to use, offers all of the same features and more. It will even email you logs. As if it couldn't get any better, this is just the free version (free forever, even for commercial use)

    The paid version includes features like copying across multiple OS's, copying locked files, version history, and more.

    For image backups, Acronis seems to make the most user friendly and reliable product on the market.

  3. John Schmitt
    September 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I know there is a bit a learning curve, but Robocopy is one of the best and fastest backup tools/plans for plain basic backups. Microsoft really hit the mark on/with Robocopy..

  4. crape mail
    September 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    i have used EZBackitup for years with perfect results

    http://www.rdcomp.net/ezback-it-up

    super easy to use (drag and drop all the folders or files you want backed up) - then setup a backup schedule to your liking and let it work - first time it runs it takes longer to get all the files - then it will either do an incremental backup or a differential backup (or both if you want)

    i run it on W7 - it has never failed (it does have an error log that can alert you if there are any problems - it can't back up system locked files, so schedule it to run when you aren't using your system)

    and it is free!

  5. Chip Stewart
    September 18, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I think you should change the title of this article. It says "A Single Backup Software is Enough: Is Bvckup 2 the One?" but you then go on to explain that there are basically two classes of backup software (data & system) and Bvckup 2 only handles one of them.

    Personally, I use GoodSync to sync data files on my home network between my computer & my wife's computer. That way we both are working with the same data & there are always two copies in different locations. GoodSync will keep copies of deleted and/or modified files for as long as you want. I also use it to sync copies of my work data to my home computer. It works extremely well for that, although at much slower speeds than a local network. It also has a number of cloud storage profiles to assist you when backing up to an online service. Online syncing can be a little more challenging because some services change the file date to when it was uploaded.

    At the moment, I am just using what came with Windows 10 for the recovery backups.

  6. Greg Kaepp
    September 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    After upgrading from WIN7 Pro Sp1 to Win10 Pro on a new DELL XPS8700, the usual MS driven backups are unreliable and often die mid-stream if they start at all. It never used to be that way until I opted to upgrade to WIN 10 Pro. Since then USB's fail, backups to external drives die. AOEMI Backupper works for my computers reliably.

  7. Kulbhushan Mangle
    September 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    AOEMI Backupper (Free & Pro) has both system image backup as well as sync capabilities.

  8. Ira Brandstein
    September 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I currently run CrashPlan as well as Backvp. CrashPlan for system and the ability to host Sync to my clients as their back up solution.

    Backvp is a fantastic program. I've been using it for about a year now, and it runs as scheduled, using very little resources and is quick and reliable. Does what it says it does and with reliability.

  9. kfhdkajhe
    September 13, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Bvckup has real-time backup capability as well.

    It also has delta copying, which FreeFileSync doesn't have. This means for any file changed, the software will only transfer over the changed portions instead of having to re-send the whole file.

    That's an very very good feature to have especially for files like encrypted containers. I've downloaded the trial and am pretty impressed so far.

    As someone who often disconnects and reconnects different USB drives, the device tracking is nice too (I used to use software that would get confused when a backup drive had a different drive letter).

  10. jonoden
    September 7, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I use Macrium Reflect. Full partitions every night to my NAS. Full+up to 10 incremental. It merges each old one after 10.

    I usually do another full backup from time to time (once a quarter). I've had to restore once and it was a simple operation. Entire drive and all 4 partitions were back.

  11. Al
    September 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Googled "FreeFileSync vs Bvckup", got https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8027854

    "Apart from the delta copying (...) faster bulk copying, lighter build, lighter on resource usage, removable device tracking, much better UI (it's subjective, of course, but just try it out and see for yourself). Formal backup planner, dry runs, native support for running as a service with separate engine and UI processes."

  12. hildyblog
    September 7, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I'm not sure what advantage Backvp has over FreeFileSync which has been around for years, is actively updated, and is free and open source. Plus, FreeFileSync offers synchronization as well as mirroring, has a realtime backup capability, and is portable so you can run it from a flash drive. Also, if you need it, there are Linux and Mac versions.

    MakeUseOf reviewed it a few years ago: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/is-freefilesync-better-sync-software-than-microsoft-synctoy-windows/ and it's on your best software list: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-windows-software/#Backup

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