Cobian Backup is a reliable software solution designed to back up your files either on the local computer or onto another system in the network. There are multiple backup modes supports, including full, differential, incremental, and dummy, with dedicated settings for each of them.
But first, a few words on the interface. Although the application is supposed to address such an important task, Cobian Backup is pretty intuitive and sports a well-organized look.
It shows all details of a new task straight in the main window, but also offers access to all of its features with just a single click. Setting up a new task is very easy; the app enables you to configure the files or folders you wish to backup, as well as to enable Volume Shadow Copy, use file attribute logic or create separate backups using timestamps.
You have to specify the source and the destination, and, if you wish, enable the scheduler and provide the days of the week, date and time to perform the operation. You also have the option to use archives and choose 7z or ZIP compression, along with password protection, encryption, and split settings. Last but not least, you can configure file exclusions and other tasks to be performed before the backup begins.
Cobian Backup boasts a very rich settings menu, with configuration options regarding the engine, compression, functionality, visuals, and FTP. In addition, the application supports remote backup and comes with a dedicated tool to remove old backups and to show the backup history.
Cobian Backup Features
- Zip64 for zip files larger than 2 GB
- Strong encryption: Supported methods are Blowfish (128 bit), Rijndael (128 bit) and DES (64 bit)
- Open plugin architecture to allow the program’s enhancement
- 3 different methods to copy files, if the main method fails, 2 more methods will be used.
- Interprocess communication can be done using TCP/IP. This allows better communication between the program parts AND the program can be administrated from another machine anywhere in the world.
- Backup to multiple destinations
- Backup history is displayed
- Zip files can now be split
- Remote backup
- Automatically remove old backups
- The application can be used as a command line utility. No separate command line program is needed
Official Video Intro Cobian Backup
Cobian Backup FAQs
Does Cobian Backup work in Windows 8 and 10?
Yes, it works just fine in Windows 8 and 10. You will need to activate/install the .NET 3.5 framework in order to be able to use Volume Shadow Copies. .NET 3.5 is present on Windows 8 and 10 but not active. In order to activate it just open the Control Panel, Click Programs, Click Turn Windows Features on or off and select the .NET 3.5 framework. Do this before installing the program and everything will be working fine.
Can I use old 3.x and 4.x, 5.x, 6.x and 7.x lists?
Click the menu List-Import to convert the old format into the new one. The old items will be added to your current list. In this version, only lists that have been created by versions 6,7 and 8 can be imported.
When I click "Run all tasks" nothing happens. Why?
First, check is the engine is running. If the engine is present, you may be experimenting problems with your permissions. Run the utility “Repair permissions” which you find under your Tools menu. Read more about this utility in the Help file under “Menu-Tools”.
I'm trying to impersonate a user in a task but it fails. Why?
For this feature to work,, you need to use NT 4.0 SP6 or better (2000/XP/2003/Vista, etc). In some systems like Windows 2000, this function will fail because the normal user of the service/process need to have the SE_TCB_NAME privilege. This means that this will only work if the service is running under the Local System account (Windows 2000 only)
I want to include the %TASKNAME parameter in the subject of the mail
The mails are send per backup, not per task, so the %TASKNAME parameter would have no meaning in the subject.
Cobian Backup is one of the best software solutions when it comes to backing up data and one of the few that provide so many features inside such a friendly environment.