DFIncBackup: Backup Tool With File Mask, Schedule, Encrypt & Compress Features

DFIncBackup is a powerful file backup utility for Windows that enables users to create highly customizable backup tasks and run them simultaneously. Supporting local and remote locations, the application can create backups in highly compressed and encrypted ZIP archive containers to prevent unauthorized usage from any external source. Moreover, the application presents an overly simple wizard to collect backup task requirements from user; it includes a number of backup options ranging from backup type (incremental and differential), source and destination folder, schedule options, file compression and encryption, and file change monitoring options. In short, DFIncBackup provides a comprehensive backup solution, carrying all the features and options that one would need to create backup tasks according to the requirements. More details to follow after the break.

Apart from providing you with pre-defined backup task templates including Email messages, Archive files, Internet files, Music and video, Photos and Windows shell settings, it allows creating a rule-based file inclusion and exclusion lists to select only required file types from the source folder. Additionally, you can specify multiple source folders from where files are to be picked according to defined file masks, and then backed up at defined target location.

For each Backup Template, you have the option to pick file masks to define the types of file you wish to backup. For instance, if you choose Photos and Images template, it will ask you to check the file types from the list, which includes BMP, JPG, PNG< TIF, JPEG and more. This saves you the time it takes to manually specify the types of files that are to backed up.  The application also provides an option to save a local copy of backup archive when you choose to backup data at remote location or removable drive.

On the main interface, it shows all the backup tasks in a queue with options to start, pause and stop the backup process, edit the backup task settings and options, restore the backup archive & extract backups, and configure application settings. To create a new backup task, click New and enter the name of the Backup Task.

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The first step requires you to choose either a backup template or Selected file types option. You can select a backup template, and specify the type of files you want to backup at destination folder. However, if you go for manual selection mode, you need to manually specify the file masks.

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The following steps require specifying source folders, target location (local drive, network location, removable device) and backup type – incremental or differential. Once backup type has been set, you need to specify default method for detecting changes. It lets you check both By Date and By Content options to backup files as soon as it detects a change. From underneath the file monitoring section, you can configure file archiving methods. include opened and hidden files in file archiving process, and choose required compression level.

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The next step lets you enable schedule backup option, and choose backup mode for execution of scheduled backup tasks.

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If you enable the backup schedule option, it will require specifying the time and days on which backup tasks are to be performed.

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After you set the backup schedule option, configure Errors, Warning and Backup complete notifications settings. You can also choose to send these messages to specified email address. After all required settings have been configured, enter project descriptions, and click Finish to send the backup job details to main interface.

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Clicking Start on toolbar initiates the backup process; you can also restore the backup and extract the backed up archive container.

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The Configuration dialog holds only application specific settings. It allows you to change the default HDD folder, apply limit on number of backup tasks that can be perform simultaneously, set size constraint on both Backup and Configuration files. The Startup and Notify tabs let you change program startup options, shortcut execution, and notification email settings, respectively. The Template tab enables you to add new templates, and specify pre-included and excluded file types. From Disk drives and Built-in CD/DVD burner tabs, you can disable auto-disk drive detection option and specify custom disk image path.

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The DFIncBackup Home (free version) will wholly satisfy your routine file backup needs. However, if you want advance features like command line support, automatic swap to next partition on disk, run backup jobs in defined sequence, shortcuts for one-click backup, run pre and post backup job actions, you can upgrade it to Professional edition, which costs $ 29.95. It works on both server and client editions of Windows.

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