Free real-time backup tool

runs on Windows
screenshot of Yadis! Backup

Even when you're a good boy (or girl) and do your backups regularly, sometimes it's not enough. Back up your system every Friday? What happens when your hard drive decides to take a vacation on Thursday? You're out almost a week's worth of blood, sweat, and tears, that's what. Back up daily? Same story: back up at 5:00 pm, and you can bet your system's gonna' die, when it does, at 4:00 pm. You just can't win. So how about backing up continuously?

Yadis! Backup is a free tool that does just that. It watches over your shoulder, and when it sees that files are changing, it backs them up in real time. Now you're only vulnerable between saves, and you can't get much safer than that. If Word crashes and you haven't saved for the last half hour, you're on your own.

You can direct your backups to wherever you want them to go. Choose a separate partition or even a remote volume, it's up to you. And if you need to get something back that you've saved, it's easy. If your normal backup space isn't available—maybe you're not logged onto the network—Yadis! Backup will keep track of your changes and when your destination is available again, it will complete your backup. Yadis! Backup doesn't use some proprietary file format requiring you to use it to get your data back.

Yadis! Backup is a Windows application.

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2 Responses to “Free real-time backup tool”

  1. Ruceb says:

    If I remember correctly, Yadis does not provide Volume Shadow Copy, thus being unable to copy files that are in use (like, said Word document you save but still keep open in Word). I’d recommend FreeFileSync, which also has a real-time-backup option, does Volume Shadow Copy, is very powerful and, of course, is also free. Available for Windows and Linux.

  2. Hermann says:

    I don’t use Word, but have tested this Tool with several Office-Programs: It does save files which are opend and in use.

    Yardis grabs 50 MB RAM with just one Task. This might be an issue on systems with little Memory.