If you do not backup your data on regular basis, you are very likely to regret that mistake at some point. Backing up files is more like a routine exercise, which, if not done in a timely fashion, can have major consequences – just imagine a situation where all your data goes down the drain due to some hardware or software failure in your system. Fortunately, there are a lot of backup tools available these days that let you backup your data to an internal, external, network or cloud drive, and we’ve been frequently covering such apps for you. TimeDim is probably one of the simplest backup apps for Windows that we’ve come across so far. It is designed to handle your backups by letting you drag and drop your data from one directory to another using two side-by-side tree view boxes.
Short for Time Dimensional, TimeDim sports a very basic UI and strictly speaking of looks, you’re not going to get mesmerized by it in any way. On the flip side, it does a great job at backing up your files the way it’s supposed to. Backups can be made using two methods: complete or incremental, both of which are pretty much self-explanatory. Though for the less tech-savvy among us, incremental backups simply update the previous backup with any changes, without the need to overwrite any existing data that hasn’t been modified. Therefore, they can speed up the backup task immensely. To create your backup, you need to select the source directory in the left pane and the destination directory in the right one. The application gives you a complete directory structure of your system, and the tree view makes finding the right directories a snap.
You can choose an existing directory or even create a new folder in the source or target path by right-clicking on the said directory. The context menu also lets you open the selected directory in File Explorer. In addition, you can refresh all or current directory branch with a single click. Beneath the tree view panes are three tabs named Progress, Errors and Directories to help you keep track of your backup processes.
The farthest bottom end of the application contains a few advanced configurable options. The following options are available that you can toggle according to your requirements:
- Verify after Copy – performs a file check after the copy process is complete
- Prompt Before Start – notifies users before backing up data
- Create backup (of older files) – uses complete backup method
- Do not Copy – runs a simulation before the actual copy process
- Shutdown when done – powers off the computer when the backup task is complete
- Yield to System – yields to the OS
After choosing your desired settings, hit Backup to start the process. Another great feature worth mentioning is that you can easily save backup sessions in order to execute them again at a later point. Besides backup, TimeDim also allows users to restore their backups to any custom directory.
TimeDim works only on Window and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of XP, Vista, 7 and 8.