Free Ocster 1-Click Backup! [Limited time offer]

Software Description

The following is a description of Ocster 1-Click Backup, as per the developer:

Features

  • Fully Automatic: Creates fully automatic backups of your data
  • Easy to use
  • Full system backup: Backup of your whole computer or of complete hard disks
  • Backups are stored in VMDK files: if you do a full system backup (image backup) then your data will be stored in the standardized VMDK disk format. This format is understood by many other applications as well.
  • Automatic Pause: Backups are done in the background and are automatically paused to prevent them from slowing down other programs. Various system characteristics are monitored, e.g. CPU usage, I/O usage, fullscreen applications, etc.
  • Stop & Resume: Backups can be stopped and resumed at any point. This is handy when the computer needs to be shut down, for example.
  • Restore individual files: The contents of the backups can be browsed and files and folders can be restored individually.
  • Network support: Files and folders on network drives can also be backed up. The backup data can also be stored on network drives if that is desired.
  • Compression: Backups are compressed intelligently to save space.
  • Scheduled: Backups can be started either automatically at scheduled times or manually by clicking a button.
  • Storage Types: Backups can be stored on hard disk, USB sticks , network drives .
  • Incremental backup: after an initial full backup only the changes to the previous state are stored. This saves space and reduces transfer times.

dotTech Advice

Ocster 1-Click Backup is a system-level (not file-level) backup that creates image backups (VMDK format) of your hard drives/partitions. With Ocster 1-Click Backup you tell it what drives/partitions to backup, when to run a backup (you can schedule it daily or weekly), where to store the backed up files, and how many revisions to keep. Then you start it and let it do its thing; Ocster 1-Click Backup automatically creates backups in the background at the time/interval you specified. The first backup is a full-back and all backups after that are incremental.

Two things impressed me most about Ocster 1-Click Backup. Firstly, when running backups in the background, Ocster 1-Click Backup does not consume a lot of CPU. The average CPU usage during my tests hovered around 15%, which really isn’t a lot for a backup program. (It should be noted, however, that 15% is with a quad core CPU — I am presuming the CPU usage scales proportionally so it should be using the same 15% with a single core CPU, too, but I cannot confirm that.) With this CPU usage it took about 25 minutes to create a backup of ~43 GB of data that resulted in a 29.4 GB sized backup; not bad, not bad at all. Presumably subsequent backups will be shorter since this was my first backup and it was a full backup; the next ones will be incremental.

The second aspect that impressed me is the fact that Ocster provides the ability to create rescue/recovery disc. (I presume it is a Linux-based rescue disc, although I cannot say for certain since I have not downloaded it.) This rescue disc allows recovery without having to log into Windows. This rescue disc is offered for all Ocster backup products and not just Ocster 1-Click Backup; but still its a plus in favor of Ocster 1-Click Backup.

Other than the two above-mentioned points, Ocster 1-Click Backup is not very impressive. It is fairly obvious Ocster 1-Click Backup is a watered-down, bare-bones version of their flagship software, Ocster Backup Pro 7. (dotTech has reviewed Ocster Backup Pro 5 in the past, if you want to read that review.) I say this because Ocster 1-Click Backup lacks many of the features I consider basic backup software features; features such as encryption, compression control, being able to schedule automatic backups other than daily or weekly, etc.

So do I recommend Ocster 1-Click Backup? It depends. I have definitely used more feature-filled backup software in the past, such as Macrium Reflect, EASEUS Todo Backup, and many others; but the automatic nature of Ocster 1-Click Backup does impress. The developer is obviously trying to leverage this automation as the selling point for Ocster 1-Click Backup. So, in that regard, the line is drawn right there: If you need or want the automatic backup feature of Ocster 1-Click Backup and you can withstand the shortcomings (in particular lack of encryption/password protection), grab this software. If you can’t, then don’t.

Freebie Details

Ocster 1-Click Backup is being given away in a promotion run by PC-Welt. There is no information on if this promotion is time limited or if you can install/reinstall at a later date. So grab this while you can, if you want it. The program is in English even though this is a German promotion.

To get Ocster 1-Click Backup for free, do the following:

Version being given out for free: v1.05

Free updates and technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 22.5 MB

  • Download and install Ocster 1-Click Backup.
  • After installation run Ocster 1-Click Backup.
  • When you run it, you will be prompted to register Ocster 1-Click Backup. The first thing you need to do is enter your name and e-mail address:

Hit the Activate License/Register button once you have entered your name and e-mail address.

  • Next you will see the following screen:

Leave this window open; you will need to come back here soon.

  • Go check the inbox of the e-mail address you entered earlier. Look for an e-mail from info@ocstermail.com with subject of Unlocking Ocster 1-Click Backup. In the e-mail there is a link you need to follow:

Click on the link or copy + paste the URL in your browser. Take note the link, for some reason, may be in white text so you may not be able to see it. To see the link, simply highlight all the text in the e-mail.

  • Once you follow the link you will be shown a thank you message:

Close this tab/window.

  • Go back to Ocster 1-Click Backup and click the I have clicked on the link in the email button:

  • If all goes well you will be shown a success message:

Click the Close button to close out the activation window.

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting Ocster 1-Click Backup for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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17 comments

  1. storageman

    2012/10/26 14:28
    To make a long story short – I have no complaint with any backup product or vendor.

    I do have a major complaint with Ocster Recovery.
    I have now blacklisted them and will try other vendors.

    I need to do a full system restore from my latest full C: backup.

    1. My Windows Xp machine boots ok in safemode with Networking
    2. My Windows XP machine doe not boot completely in Regular mode. All Icons are
    filled in, a few tasks seem to auto start but the Hourglass Icon stays on the
    screen and is movable with the mouse.
    I have left it overnight, just in case. No change.
    OK, Time to restore from a June backup.

    3. Downloaded the recovery CD and the recommended Burning app (All in Safe mode)
    burned the rescue disk then booted from the disk.
    after a while I get the where are you screen (Chicago filled in) but, just like
    the windows issue, I see the cursor as an animated circle.
    That is as far as it gets and nothing else happens?

    Since the symptoms seem identical to windows my first thought is a hardware issue.
    I have already disconnected every external connection except monitor,keyboard and
    network.

    the is a boot in safe mode graphics option but when I boot I get the command linke promt.
    Having no clue I reported to Ocster support and received the following not acceptable response:

    “We have recieved your messages.
    Currently, we did not have this problem that the PC does not complete after the choice of the place.
    Since this problem is also encountered in Windows, it seems likely that it is a hardware problem.

    We are sorry but we cannot help.

    You try to give our customers support as fast as possible (your message 10/24/2012-14:45 supported at 10/24/2012 :15:51 / your 2. message 10/25/2012-14:45 supported at 10/25/2012 – 17:50) but please do understand that sometimes we have to keep in touch with our developer team.

    I am now looking for an alternative program to restore from the .vmdk files on my backup drive.
    Any suggestions would be welcomed.

  2. jayesstee

    @Ashraf:
    I find that two of the features do not appear to exist/work! I quote:

    1. “Automatic Pause: Backups are done in the background and are automatically paused to prevent them from slowing down other programs. Various system characteristics are monitored, e.g. CPU usage, I/O usage, fullscreen applications, etc.”
    My computer is totally slugged by Ocster 1-Click. It appeared to only be taking 10-15% of CPU (4 core), but the machine is unusable. This brings me to:

    2. “Stop & Resume: Backups can be stopped and resumed at any point. This is handy when the computer needs to be shut down, for example.”
    I could find no button or menu item to either pause or stop the runaway program.

    Finally, I installed twice with a complete Revo Pro unistall after the first try. After uninstalling the second time, co-incidentally (or not?), Norton Internet Security 2012 went into meltdown and had to be repaired.

    I have reported the missing “features” as part of the removal process.

    I hate backup programs. :=((

  3. FredLL1950

    Following up on my last post, after backing up there is an option to browse as well as restore the backup file. It mounts each partition as a virtual drive through which you can access any file instead of performing a complete backup . . . very cool! As for only having the option to do daily or weekly backup, I don’t see that as a problem. Just schedule a weekly backup & after it occurs, change the day! For example, I have mine scheduled for Saturday at 2 AM. The following Saturday before the backup begins, I’ll change the backup day from Saturday to Friday. That way it will backup once every two weeks & you can extend the time between backups by leapfrogging back again as many times as you like. My only other experience with software of this kind is the Acronis True Image I installed on my wife’s computer. It successfully restored her hard drive when it crashed. I was going to purchase another one to install on my computer but when I saw Ocster 1-click Backup for free I thought I’d give it a try. I don’t think it can be beat for the price. The recovery disk “saw” the USB external hard drive on which my backups reside so I don’t see any problems on the horizon. One final comment . . . Comodo-Time-Machine is a joke. I had it on a laptop years ago & it didn’t do what it claimed it would. After uninstalling, there were still traces of it all over my hard drive which I had to manually remove. My advice would be to avoid it!

  4. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Giovanni: No, it isn’t a must “better” tool than Ocster 1-Click Backup. They are two completely different types of tools — one is file-level while the other is system-level. I agree Backup4All is a good line of backup software but the “Lite” version is way too lite. Nonetheless, thanks for the tip — I have posted about it!

  5. Giovanni

    There is a great PROMO on SOFTPEDIA right now….they are giving away free licenses of Backup4All Lite, which is a much better and more comprehensive backup tool than Ocster Backup:

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Softpedia-Campaign-December-2011-Unlimited-Giveaway-for-Backup4All-Lite-241371.shtml

    Screenshots:
    http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/Backup4all-Lite-Screenshot-110659.html

    Hurry up: this offer will be over in less than 24 hours starting from now.

    Enjoy!!

  6. FredLL1950

    Installed without problems. Backed up 18.2 gigs of data in 19 minutes. Resulting file was 12.4 gigs.
    Memory usage during backup was 22,460K It said there were no errors but a small box popped up in
    the lower right saying there WERE errors. The log said there were 2 bad clusters on the C drive & they
    could not be read. What do you think, Ashraf? Is the backup valid? I did defrag my hard drive before
    backing up. By the way, the rescue disk is ubuntu. I downloaded the ISO & made a disk to make
    sure it worked before I proceeded. It took a while to boot up but everything seemed okay. I just want
    to make sure I don’t believe I’ve got my butt covered only to find out later I’ve had a bullseye painted on it.

  7. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @jumbi: Thanks :-)

    @Anonymail: Hmmm, most system-level backup programs provide encryption and automation. The question is do they provide this automation in the background without taking up a lot of computer resources, like Ocster 1-Click Backup. And the answer to this question is I don’t know; I haven’t tested/reviewed/used system-level backup software in a while so I cannot tell you for sure.

    For what it is worth, you may find http://dottech.org/featured/11628/paragon-backup-restore-free-vs-macrium-reflect-free-vs-easeus-todo-backup-vs-driveimage-xml-vs-acronis-true-image-home-which-one-should-you-use/ helpful.

    @Giovanni: Last time I tried Comodo Time Machine I almost had to format my computer when I tried to uninstall it…

  8. Giovanni

    Well, if you use this FREE tool by COMODO I don’t think you need software like this anymore….

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Comodo-Time-Machine.shtml

    What do you make of it, Ashraf?

    Anyway, if automatic daily backup is a crucial issue for you, you may try this little free tool:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Daily-backups.shtml

    And for a more comprehensive backup solution try this free app:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/VOSI-biz-Client-Suite.shtml

  9. Anonymail

    Are there any programs that you know of, free or otherwise, with automatic backup AND encryption/password protection?
    Just wondering, auto would be great since I always forget to backup.
    But if not, I will give this one a try.
    Thanks!

  10. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Check: I suppose I could, but that would look tacky (in my opinion). I always provide the direct link either to the download or the promotion page in my directions so anyone that reads the whole article finds it easily. :-P

    Thanks for the suggestion though!

  11. Check

    Thanks Alalata.

    Ashraf, I clicked on the first link you gave in this sentence:
    “a promotion run by PC-Welt”. That didn’t take me to the promotion. (Doesn’t help that I don’t speak German).

    Ashraf, I see your download link now.

    Suggestion: Make the Download link bigger?