Backing up important data is a useful practice for safekeeping your files. Using a compressed backup will ensure that you don’t waste precious storage space either. 7Backup is a useful little tool which saves your backup files in the excellent .7z format, accessible via 7zip software.
The interface is rather too plain for convenience, with no option to browse for files even. You need to add address for source files/folders needed to be backed up, along with the backup file name and destination. The software supports backup from network sources as well. You also get to specify the network account to use, as well as adding exceptions to the files/folders for backup.
Once you have set up everything, click Start backup. The progress window will open and backup process will begin. You can also save the current settings if you want, for future use.
The output backup file is saved in .7z format, and requires 7zip to be opened, which you will have to obtain separately. Strange enough, in our test, the output file got placed in the same folder as the 7Backup executable, instead of going to the output folder specified. Maybe this will get fixed in future builds.
As for the backup file itself, it was good. Integrity was kept and compression applied was impressive. We attribute this to the usage of the efficient .7z format. One interesting thing to note was that if you perform a new backup of some files different from previous ones, the software will add them to the previous backup instead of creating a new file. Whether this would appeal to users or not, we liked this feature.
7Backup is portable, but you will need to extract the downloaded file before being able to use it. It works with all editions of Windows.
You can also try Saft Backup as an alternative.