Novosoft

Handy Backup


4.5 / 5
16 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Our product is suitable for common home users, small and big companies and for huge server unfrastructure.


Average Ratings

16 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $39.00/one-time/user
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    No
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Novosoft
  • www.novosoft.net
  • Founded 1992
  • United States

About Handy Backup

Handy Backup solution - is an automatic backup and recovery software for any home PC or business server. A quick and simple backup solution for files, folders, emails backup from a home PC to local drives, FTPs and clouds: OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox etc. Handy Backup supports ODBC-driven and SQL databases, virtual machines, websites, SFTP protocols, clouds, as well as drive and partition images.


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Handy Backup Features

  • Backup Scheduling
  • Bare-Metal Restore
  • Compression
  • Differential Backup
  • Disk Cloning
  • Encryption
  • Image Deployment
  • Incremental Backup
  • Web Access / Restoration
  • Backup Log
  • Backup Scheduling
  • Compression
  • Continuous Backup
  • Encryption
  • Incremental Backup
  • Local Server Options
  • Multiple System Support
  • Remote Server Options
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Web Access / Restoration
  • Backup Scheduling
  • Bare-Metal Restore
  • Compression
  • Continuous Backup
  • Differential Backup
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Encryption
  • Incremental Backup
  • VM Backup

Handy Backup Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Used Daily for close to 20 years

Mar 28, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the ease of use, and the total flexibility. It has kept up nicely with available technology.

Cons: Customer support can be spotty. Re-registering on the same computer after a new version can be a pain.

Overall: I have used this product since version 1. I own 3 licences for my 3 different computer locations. It has saved my butt more than once. There is a small glitch with version 8 and one drive, but I'm certain it will get fixed.

This is part of my personal "Essentials" software that I keep for new computer set ups, or re-installations.

Vendor Response

by Novosoft on April 02, 2019

There is no greater satisfaction for our job than when we find out that our solution can serve the user for so many years! Thank you for being with us, Leigh!

As for technical support, we are trying very hard to ¿keep a hand of the pulse¿, but we recognize that some failures may occur (for example, during changing employees). In case of registration transfer, you can always use the link https://www.handybackup.net/registration-management.shtml, where you can reset the registration without an additional call to technical support.

Thank you again!

Best regards,
Natalya Sigaeva
Head of Novosoft Marketing Dept.

Using Handy Backup both at home and at work

Mar 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: A simple backup was very easy to set up. I recently bought a 1 TB portable hard drive, so I could back up files from the laptop I use at work and have copies of my daily work that I hadn't checked into a git repo yet.

I like that the files are stored the same as they are on the host computer. I used a backup program in the past that always zipped everything, and it was more difficult to restore files, or even see what your backup looked like. (Handy Backup has the option to zip too, but I won't be using it.)

Cons: The advanced backup types are a little hard to understand (mixed incremental and mixed differential). Some examples of what the backup types end up looking like on your machine would be nice.

Also, I didn't realize that I could only use the software on one machine -- lots of software today allows use on both home and work computers. So I bought one copy, and then found out I had to buy another -- at full price. If it was clearer I needed to buy two copies at the beginning, I could have used the multiple discount.

Overall: Because I didn't understand the incremental backups with versioning properly, I ended up starting to fill up the 1 TB external drive pretty fast. So I ended up reformatting it (faster than deleting hundreds of thousands of files) and starting over with one of the simpler schemes.

Vendor Response

by Novosoft on April 04, 2019

It is very inspiring for us to read your review! Now we are deveolping some task samples to make advanced setup operations simpler. And regarding a license for a second computer, you may send us an email to sales@handybackup.net to ask for a discount for a second copy, citing us the fact that you have already bought Handy Backup earlier. Thank you for your participation!

Best regards,
Natalya Sigaeva
Head of Novosoft Marketing Dept.

Handy Backup user for years

Apr 03, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Handy Backup has always served an essential need for me in terms of disaster recovery. While most of my data is stored on Network Attached Storage that is mirrored for redundancy in the event of a disk failure, mirroring does not prevent me from losing a file through inadvertent deletion.

Handy Backup has always been my backup software of choice to make a copy of my critical NAS files to local storage in the event of deletion.

Cons: I would appreciate additional alerting since I never review my log files. I set it and forget it and just assume it's working. It would be nice to receive an alert if a backup failed.

Does the job

Mar 29, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is intuitive. I got the whole process down in about two or three tries. The reason why it didn't work the first two times was because I setup incorrectly and I didn't have enough disk space for a temp file prior to the backup.

Cons: The log could use some improvement. I was getting a lot of errors because of naming convention issues so I was looking at thousands of errors. Maybe somehow categories if it's the same error, then mention how many times it happened.

Overall: Overall I like it. If I have to setup a similar process on another server, I'd come back and purchase Handy Backup again.

Vendor Response

by Novosoft on April 02, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Charles! We are glad to be of help to you. We will definitely discuss the issue of simplifying the log with the developers.
If you decide to buy an additional Handy Backup license, you can contact us by email at sales@handybackup.net to let us know that this is not your first purchase, so we will definitely give you a discount for a second license.

Best regards,
Natalya Sigaeva
Head of Novosoft Marketing Dept.

Great product and very cost affective

Mar 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: it is very easy to install and configure and good price point

Cons: i really don't have anything bad to say about the product...it is great for the price point

Overall: i have used handy backup for many years and now that the newer version support VSS even better :)

Sync

Mar 30, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I use the Handy Backup to sync from my PC to my laptop so I am always up to date with all my data, and to an external usb disks as backup of my data. I use Handy Backup as the main backup options beside another cloud backup storage.

Cons: Once you got familiar with it, it is easy to use and reliable

Overall: As a project manager, I use to work outside of my office and I have to always up to date with all update drownings, documents etc.

A must have tool for techs

Mar 23, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software makes it so incredibly easy for me to create backups of my users systems and emails before doing a migration. With a couple clicks I can select exactly what I want to back up and set it to run. I love that I don't have to babysit it while it runs.

This was by far the best software I found for making local backups of webmail accounts for my clients before migrating email providers.

Cons: The interface feels a bit dated but nothing you can't use.

Overall: I use this to make backup copies of pop and IMAP email accounts prior to migrations. I love that I can point it at the server setup a list of users and let it run.

Takes the stress out of migrations knowing I have a local copy of customers emails incase something goes wrong.

Excellent Backup Program

Mar 29, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This program is very easy to use and does a clean, excellent job of backing up everything. I like it because I can go into the backup and get the previous version out very easy.

Cons: It does take some room for the backup but I have planned for that so it really isn't a problem.

Overall: I periodically will go in and create a new backup and that way I can have previous information to go back to when I need it.

Vendor Response

by Novosoft on April 09, 2019

Dear Raleigh!
Thank you for your personal cooperation! On behalf of the Handy Backup Development Team, we express our sincere appreciation for your feedback.

Best regards,
Handy Backup Team

Handy Backup 7

Apr 10, 2019
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy enough t o set up but leaving it to do the same job time after time, I find I could not trust it 100 %

Cons: Sometimes it copies more than set up for and leaving it to do the same job time after time. I could not trust it 100 %

Overall: At present we use serveral Handy Backup 7 around the company. We use these to back up files each night and keep these for three copies.

Sometimes it will copy more that three copies, which is a problem I have, this may be the way I have set them up but I don't know.

Simple and Effective

Mar 25, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Simple tu use. User-friendly interface. Does what it is supposed to da fast and accurately.

Cons: None, so far. I have not encountered any difficulties.

Needed an alternative to our VM backup software for our one Standalone box

Apr 02, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to setup and configure, reporting is easy

Cons: Some of the rules were a little weird, but was able to work it out quickly

Overall: This is a box that we had not been backing up, but recent changes meant it was going to be more active use, and so I quickly had to find a solution I could get in place and could test. Handy seems to be doing a good job, and backups are occurring on schedule, and restore of data has been fine.

Solved my sync problems

Apr 01, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I am using ipcameras for my summer house.

Handy Backup solved my problem syncing cameras data on cloud (dropbox,gdrive) so i dont worry loosing data

Cons: Running as service and very easy setup..

Vendor Response

by Novosoft on April 04, 2019

We are glad to see your review, Savvas! It is nice to be helpful for you!

Handy Backup Team

Ease of use

Apr 05, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the scheduler back up, kicks in automatically and backs up all my NAS drives

Cons: Email setup at first but once I got it to work it's been working great

Personal use

Mar 22, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the fact that it does mirror backups instead of image, because I want the ability to restore individual files at time instead of a complete restore.

Cons: Can't think of anything. I like all the features and install and usage is intuitive.

Vendor Response

by Novosoft on April 04, 2019

Thanks for your review, Stephen! The native-format recovery is the one of key features for Handy Backup, and it is wonderful to hear that you find this function useful!

Handy Backup Team

Ideal for backing up IMAP email accounts

Apr 02, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This is the only low cost program that I have found for backing up multiple IMAP email accounts. It does that job well by creating incremental backups and even allows compression and encryption of the output.

The standard version of the software is great value for money and is easy to set up. It also supports a number of cloud services.

Cons: My only minor criticism would be that the interface for version 7 looks a little dated but this seems to have been addresses in version 8 which looks very modern.

Overall: Handy Backup allows me to backup the IMAP email accounts associated with my webhosting to safe guard against loss of email messages in the event of a failure at my hosting provider (which has happened in the past!)

too complicated

Mar 29, 2019
2/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: I stopped using software and Handy Backup has refused my request for a refund. The product was never used yet still no refund.

Overall: Not good. Dealing with an intermediary who keeps "passing the buck!"

Vendor Response

by Novosoft on April 09, 2019

Dear Edwin! We are very sorry for this situation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Each client has the right to independently request a refund in our payment system for 30 days. Then the refund will be made automatically. I already initiated a refund of your payment, so please check the receipt of funds in your account.

If you still have any questions, please contact my personal email.

Best regards, Nataila Sigaeva