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Historically, backup applications have been similar to insurance policies: They just lie there in the background, and you hope that if one day catastrophe strikes, they will work as promised and get you out of a tight spot. When Time Machine first came out for Mac, it transformed all that. Suddenly, backup became a day-to-day tool: Time Machine applies file versioning across all of your system, with a lovely GUI. That means if you want to restore one particular file to the way it was last Thursday, that’s no problem at all. As a PC user, this is one Mac feature that I really envied. So I started digging around and eventually found Oops!Backup, which billed itself as “Time Machine for Windows”. It was very new at the time (this was over a year ago), but I decided I’d give it a try anyway. Since then, it has become my primary on-site backup solution (I supplement it with CrashPlan for off-site backup).

This week, we’re giving away 25 copies of Oops!Backup. Find out how you can win one for yourself.

This is giveaway is over. Find out who won.

The initial Oops!Backup window looks like this:

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You can use the search box to instantly look for any one particular document you want to restore. The status view shows you when the last backup was made (every hour on the hour, for my system). There’s also an optional pop-up that is shown on every successful backup; I left it on, as I like seeing a soothing message informing me my files were safely backed up several times a day.

When you click Go BackInTime and Restore, you get the full-blown versioning interface:

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You use the center part to navigate your file system, and the tree on the right to select any specific time you wish to restore a file from. Once you select the file and the time, you just click Restore, and your files re-appear in seconds. I’ve used it to restore trashed software configurations for portable versions of applications such as Foobar2000. The config files were somehow overwritten, and effectively lost. Without Oops!Backup, recreating my configuration would have taken hours. Instead, restoring it took less than five minutes.

If you’re wondering how much space all those versions are going to take up, you needn’t worry. You can configure Oops!Backup to purge old versions after some time has passed (up to you). Also, Oops!Backup doesn’t store multiple complete copies of the files, but uses a smart engine that stores only the difference between versions. So you can still access all of a file’s old versions, but they’re not all taking up space at the same time.

All in all, Oops!Backup is one of the key tools in my software arsenal, and I’ve come to rely on it heavily for my daily backup needs. It’s a fantastic app and indeed a time machine for Windows.

Oops!Backup can be purchased for $37 and a 30-day free trial is available on their website.

We’ve got 25 copies of Oops!Backup up for grabs this week and this is how you can win one.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, August 12th at 2100hrs PDT. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Altaro for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. heiko
    August 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Thank you very much for this giveaway! This is so cool and very useful software! I am in ... Hope to win...

  2. akert
    August 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Great contest! Thank you! Please count me in.

  3. eddi
    August 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    great software! thanks for this very nice contest! Count me in please...

  4. an2onio
    August 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Thanks big time, Make Use Of! Super awesome program!

    • Aibek
      August 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

      enjoy!

  5. Mel Rivas
    August 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    awesome program! i really wish i win

  6. Ken Baugh
    August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Hope we ALL get one, guys!  Wish you all the best!

    http://www.facebook.com/ken.baugh

  7. Siddharthat855
    August 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    please count me in.

  8. Bu
    August 9, 2011 at 5:13 am

    ready to win

  9. Fibroman
    August 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    im in. good luck to all!

  10. Tayo Aden
    August 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) but it's good to take out an insurance for your data. Oops BU looks competent to do that.

  11. Antonio
    August 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    hope to win

  12. Ararobotic
    August 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks a lot for this Giveaway Sir!
    Please Count me in.

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