Free O&O AutoBackup!

Software Description

The following is a description of O&O AutoBackup, as per the developer:

O&O AutoBackup automatically synchronizes selected files and folders with an external backup device (USB Stick, external USB hard disk, FireWire volume). As an example, you can use O&O Auto backup to create a backup copy of your photo folder onto a USB stick and set it so that changes made to the original data are automatically taken into account for the next backup.

The copy process will start automatically whenever you connect your USB/Firewire disk to the computer. Using the status bar icon and the status window in the program, you can see when the process is complete and simply remove the external drive at the end.*

*In this instance, please be sure to select “Safely remove” as offered by the operating system.

dotTech Advice

O&O AutoBackup is not a backup program, as the name may lead you to believe. Rather, it is a file synchronization program. O&O AutoBackup allows users to sync files/folders from their hard drives to external media (USB/Firewire). Users select the files/folders they want to sync, select the external device to copy/sync to, and select the type of sync (copy all files, copy only modified and updated files but no deletion, or full sync [make all changes, including deletions]). (All types of syncs do 1:1 copies of files and folders — no encryption or password protection or the like.) Then whenever the selected external media is connected to your computer, O&O AutoBackup automatically detects it and performs the selected sync job; users also have the ability to manually execute the sync.

The problem with O&O AutoBackup is it doesn’t work. As per my tests, O&O AutoBackup works when manually executing a sync but it doesn’t properly do automatic syncs. Whenever I connect my external drive, O&O AutoBackup detects the drive and displays status messages like it is automatically executing the sync; however, nothing ever happens — no sync is executed. I realize this is only v1 of O&O AutoBackup but this is epic fail — the main feature of the program doesn’t work properly.

Even if O&O AutoBackup worked properly, I still wouldn’t like the program simply because it can support only one sync job at a time. If you want to do multiple sync jobs (e.g. sync separate folders to separate drives) then you are out of luck.

I’d skip out on this one if I were you — not even worth the time.

Freebie Details

O&O AutoBackup is being offered in a promotion by O&O Software themselves. There is no information on if this is a time limited promotion or not and there is no information on if you can install/reinstall at a later date or not.

To get O&O AutoBackup for free, do the following:

Version being given out for free: v1.o

Free updates and technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Unknown

Download size: 6-8 MB

  • Visit the promotion page, enter your e-mail address, and hit Request free license:

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. Look for an e-mail from O&O Software register@oo-software.com with subject of Your free license of O&O AutoBackup. In the e-mail you will find your registration details:

  • Download (32-bit version | 64-bit version) and install O&O AutoBackup.
  • After installation, run O&O AutoBackup and register it using the registration information you received via e-mail:

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble gettong O&O AutoBackup for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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  1. Simon

    I’d also skip this one.

    My test backup worked when I plugged-in my stick, as claimed, but the first thing I noticed was that the “modified” dates/times of all the backup files was the current date/time, and not the original date/time.

    Then I compared the backup folder with the source folder, and of about 700 files, only 20-30 of them were actually identical to the source.

    Those that were different (95%) had all been padded after their original contents. I have no idea if this is bad, but it does mean that any subsequent comparison/verification of the backup is impossible, as all files in the backup have different dates/times to the source, and almost all of them have different binary contents too.

    I did a quick test. I made a text file containing only “1”, and the backup version contained “1” and 7 spaces, ie. it was padded up to 8 characters.

    A file containing “12345678” was backed-up as original, and then “123456789” was backed up as “123456789” and 7 spaces, ie. it was padded up to 16 characters.

    A 11,661,482 byte PDF file (~11MB) was padded up to 11,665,408 bytes, ie. an extra 3926 bytes of padding such that, in the file properties box, its “Size” was identical to its “Size on disk”.

    Now I don’t have any real understanding of disk formatting and cluster-size etc., but I am guessing that an explanation for this lies somewhere in that direction…

    Despite this, all of the backed-up files that I randomly opened worked perfectly well in their respective editors/viewers/players, so it may be that O&O AutoBackup is fine as a setup-and-forget system for those that otherwise wouldn’t backup at all, but if you like your backups to actually be identical copies of your source files (!), then this is not for you.

  2. WebHybrid

    @Silver Dragon Sys:

    I completely concur with Silver Dragon Sys, the only way to be certain about what’s been backed up is to perform the steps manually. This is not to say I don’t also use a full-disc imaging type of backup. I do. That would be Macrium Reflect. But with that, I at least manually initiate the backups rather than allow a prescheduled and/or incremental type of thing.

    BTW I did try out the offered O&O AutoBackup. It was so awful I’ve decided never to be tempted by future O&O software of any kind. It produced no result other than frustration. No error messages either. I’d call it junkware.

    But during any one month, methodically, on certain days of the week, I have other manual methods, variations of what Silver Dragon Sys recommended.

    Here’s a sketch of one of them: I use FBackup (version 4.6.260, see http://www.fbackup.com) to create “mirror” – exact, complete – copies of the folders and files I want to back up. My list of them is retained as a user-named, repeatable task in the FBackup interface and always placed into the same receptacle folder I keep on my PC. Each time, it takes me about 30 seconds to get the copying process started; the copying itself can take 10 or 15 minutes, during which I can sit back and wait.

    When FBackup completes its task, it can be closed. From the receptacle folder, I burn my file/folder copies onto rewriteable DVDs using an ordinary burning suite – Ashampoo, in my case – in a totally manual fashion. It’s pretty straightforward. And reliable!

    In my case I don’t even bother with compressing anything before or during the burns – other users may have much more stuff to back up, but all I need is two DVDs. Each can hold up to 4.7 GB.

    One of my DVDs gets a big copied folder of photos, the other DVD gets everything else. So it’s not that much of brain-strain to divvy up the storage items the same way every time.

    Last, I empty my receptacle folderful of copies and keep that folder itself for next time.

  3. Silver Dragon Sys

    @ Janetb,

    Having used every flavor of Windows since Windows 3.11, I have found that the only what to know “for sure” that you have a backup is to manually make one. The process I use is old but still one of the most effective ways to backup your data, Copy the file(s) you want backed up to a separate folder and run a file compressor on that folder (i.e. WinRAR, Win-zip, etc.), then copy the compressed file to a external HDD and/or burn to a CD/DVD. This way you don’t have to deal with proprietary backup formats when you want to restore your file(s).

    I also always tell my friends and customers to make a HDD image at least once a month with a program like Farstone RestoreIT, CloneDrive, Ghost, etc. (if possible make a 1:1 copy to another HDD so if your current HDD fails you simple install the backup HDD) and to backup those “important” files at least once a week.

  4. Janetb

    Do any of the Paragon programs do this? It seems like a great way to back up because you would always know for sure that you actually have all the files there……:-)…..I’m always afraid that all those huge ‘arc’-type files of most backups may not actually work….:-)….