Free Titan Backup v2!

Update: Forget Titan Backup. Go with GFI Backup now!

I was in the middle of watching a Fringe episode (catching up before new episodes come out on Tuesday) when I received an email from a dotTech reader known as Michal. Michal was kind enough to email me to tell me about a handful of freebies being offered by Brothersoft.com (thx Michal!). In total there are 5 freebies; however two of them are freeware. Out of the other three, only one is worth downloading. I am sure you are intrigued by now. Well hold on because here we go:

What commercial software can you grab from Brothersoft.com for free that you would have to pay for otherwise?

Titan Backup v2

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Titan Backup is a professional backup utility that does its job really well. With a nice clean interface, it has the ability to not only backup your files but also registry files. You can password protect, encrypt (AES 256) or compress backups. There is a scheduler to do automatic backups. You can restore backups direct from the program or create self extracting backups. There is also a sync tool.

Anyone that follows my reviews and articles know that I have been a strong advocate of Titan Backup; it is my favorite backup utility. In the past I have often recommended Titan Backup v1.5 as the free backup tool of choice. Well now you can grab Titan Backup v2.0.2.39 for free.

Here are the major differences between Titan Backup v1.5 and v2:

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  • Added support for AES 256 encryption.
  • ZIP64 support: zipped backups can now be larger than 4 GB. Entire compression engine was re-written to support large archives.
  • Incremental and Differential support for ZIP archives, and for self-extracting compressed archives.
  • Incremental and Differential support for CD/DVD with ZIP compression.
  • Incremental and Differential support for FTP (only with ZIP compression).
  • Support for split and spanning over multiple hard-drives (with ZIP compression).
  • Possibility to restore a specific version of a Stack backup.
  • Support for Microsoft Office 2008.
  • Export to HTML for logs.

Other not-so-major changes/tweaks/fixes in v2:

  • CD/DVD disk label patterns
  • Bug-fixes
  • Tray Popup Window with jobs status and progress.
  • Task Hints that quickly show task details.
  • Time Elapsed / Time Remaining estimations.
  • Scrolling Task progress display in the taskbar button.
  • “My Tasks” window’s position, size and properties are saved and restored between sessions.
  • Existing FTP passwords are not visible anymore when editing a task for security reasons.
  • Sync Tasks creation link on the Welcome screen.
  • Faster CRC verification for incremental backups.
  • Solved Windows Defender user rights conflict on Windows Vista

Here are the main features of Titan Backup as per the developer:

  • Free plug-ins installed by default to facilitate the backup of email and rules for Microsoft Outlook , Outlook Express, Firefox, Opera, Thunderbird, Eudora and many user settings

Titan Backup lets you easily backup settings for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera browsers, email and rules for Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Eudora, Windows settings, Address Book. Check our website for new plugins that will allow Titan Backup to save settings for more applications.

  • Standard ZIP64 archives (unlimited in size) and self-extracting backups

Titan Backup doesn’t use proprietary archive formats like other backup programs do. It uses the standard Zip file format. This makes it very easy to restore data manually form the backup archive even if Titan Backup is not installed. You can choose to create self-extracting archives that will allow you to unzip even if you don’t have a compression tool. Titan Backup can also create backups without compression for faster processing and more redundancy. The files and folders structure is always preserved. You can create zipped backups with any source files size (you can compress files larger then 4 GB). Incremental and differential support also for zip compression. After you run a backup the first time, you can backup and compress only changed files (incremental). This feature works with any destination (CD/DVD, FTP, Local and LAN). You can also create a compressed backup with multiple hard-drives as destination (span over multiple partitions).

  • 256-bit AES strong encryption to secure your backed up data

Titan Backup uses military strength 256-bit AES strong encryption to protect backed up data privacy. AES encryption algorithm has been adopted by NIST as an FIPS-approved (Federal Information Processing Standard) symmetric encryption algorithm that should be used by U.S. Government organizations (and others) to protect sensitive information.

  • Version control, incremental and differential backups to back up only new/changed files, or to delete from the current backup the files that don’t exist anymore in the source location

Titan Backup provides a version control mechanism that allows you to backup only changed files. You can always view the differences between the current files and the last backup in a special view box that marks them in different colors. It can operate in incremental or differential modes to back up only new/changed files, or to delete from the current backup the files that don’t exist anymore in the source location.

  • Before / After commands

You can select external programs to run before the backup will start or after it ends. Also there is the possibility to shut down the computer automatically after the backup task is done.

  • File filtering to backup only the exact files you need

Users can filter selected files using filename masks, for instance users can choose to backup only .doc files in a certain folder or exclude all .exe files from another folder.

  • Backup to virtually any storage device: local folders, Local Area Network (LAN), CD/DVD, removable devices ( USB sticks, memory sticks, flash memory, floppy disks, ZIP disks, JAZ, etc.), remote FTP servers

Titan Backup allows you to backup on internal or external hard disks, on local area network locations, CD/DVD media, removable media devices ( USB sticks, memory sticks, flash memory, floppy disks, ZIP disks, JAZ, etc.), remote locations using FTP with upload auto-resume. If you backup to a CD/DVD, you can set a pattern label for this disk, so that you can later identify easily what backup is on this disk or when was it created (just by looking at the label).

  • Backup Windows Registry

You can include your Windows registry in the backup. Important notice: this feature should be used with caution, as restoring the Registry can be very dangerous for a novice user and can crash the system.

  • Built-in easy-to-use task scheduler so that your backups can be automatically created independent from your presence in front of the computer

While the Windows’ scheduling agent is quite advanced, it can be difficult to use. Titan Backup makes it easier for you to schedule your backups from basic (such as running a task on a specified day and time) to very advanced settings.

  • Email notifications while the backup task is running and when the task is completed

You can configure Titan Backup to send notification email on errors, warnings or summary reports of a successfully finished backup task. Additional options allow you to attach the backup log file and send the email to several addresses. Email notification feature uses custom outgoing SMTP server.

  • Detailed logs of all backup operations

Titan Backup writes local logs of all backup operations, so you can determine what was backed up, start & end times, elapsed times, summary information, operation status, possible warnings and errors. The General Log contains general information about all of your tasks (start time, end time, error and warning messages). General log can be sorted by date. You can obtain information about your activities for a day or for a week, you can see what tasks finished today for example, and how they finished (successfully, with errors or warnings). You can export this general log into a text file or into a html file.

  • Synchronize operations of your data

Titan Backup offers you a synchronization engine for staying up to date with your data: you can synchronize data between your work laptop and personal computer for having latest versions of your projects on both locations; or by having a mirroring to ftp or a memory stick. Or you can just sync two different locations/folders on one computer.

  • Task Hints that quickly show task details, and Tray Popup Window with jobs status and progress

When you are over a task with your mouse, a hint will be appear with information about this task (Task type, destination, compression mode for a backup, elapsed time and time remaining if the task is running). When a task starts, or stops, you are informed by a sliding pop-up window on the bottom-right corner of your display. You can see if your task finished running (or a scheduled task is started), even you work with an other application, an other window. Also you can see the task progress in the taskbar, or by moving the mouse over the tray icon.

A huge list of features I know. I will sum it all up for you: Titan Backup kicks ***. If you need a backup program, get Titan Backup.

How to get Titan Backup v2? It is actually pretty simple:

***NOTE: You do not have to uninstall Titan Backup v1.5 if you have that installed.

  • Visit Brothersoft.com and sign in if you already have an account or register if you do not (registration is free no worries):

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  • Once you are logged in make sure you are at your profile page. Then visit the free shareware page by clicking on “Free Shareware” from near the top right of the screen:

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  • Scroll down to the very bottom and click on the “Download Now” button located under “Titan Backup”:

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As you can see in the screenshot, you can also download Advanced WindowsCare Pro v2 and Plato Video to iPhone Converter. I personally would not recommend either of these software; grab WinUtilities 6.2 or TuneUp Utilities 2007 instead of Advanced WindowsCare Pro v2 and grab FormatFactory instead of Plato Video to iPhone Converter.

  • The file you download will be a ZIP file. Unzip/extract the ZIP file. You should now have setup_titan.exe and serial_key.txt. Run setup_titan.exe and install Titan Backup. When prompted for the serial key/registration code, open up serial_key.txt and copy + paste the serial key/registration code into the appropriate location.

***NOTE: If you already had Titan Backup v1.5 you may be prompted with a message telling you the key you have installed is not valid for the current version. Just click “Yes” and then input the serial key/registration code that came with Titan Backup v2 download. Please look at this screenshot for clarification if you have any problems (thanks Michal… again!).

  • Enjoy your new Titan Backup v2.0.2.39! :)

If you have any problems, questions, or concerns, please post below – I will try to help.

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36 comments

  1. SkipperRobb

    I want to Thank You guys for a Job Well Done.
    Titan Rocks, Price Rocks, Testing for free full version is Great.
    The Key Updates are Easy, and the 2.5version has Excellent Compression depending on File/Meta Data Contents.

    If someone Needs backups and a Temporarilly Available Free Version.

    GET IT WHILE YOU CAN.

    Looks Like GFI owns it now, and as they Have Excellent Products
    in Business Corporate Use. Free these days, Does Not usually Stay Free.

    I Really Appreciate the Staff, and Input from Titan Personel that Pushed, and took the Time to Help End Users, on a Free Product Version.

    Ive been out of the Business a While, and miss cdrom.com and others
    but you Guys are doing a Great Job simplifying and getting Us some Great Tools, and saving me a HeII of a lot of Research Time…

    Get TITAN WHILE YOU CAN.

  2. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Rob: As far as I know the character limit on folder/file names is a Windows limitation and not a ZIP limitation so yes you will still have that problem.

    And use forward slashes – I do. We will understand what you mean. :)

  3. Rob

    Hi Ashraf,
    Just re-reading above.
    Years ago I used to backup my data (not Partitions nor drives), by zipping all the folders, and then burn the zip to CD or DVD.
    I came unstuck a few times, when the zip would not unzip.
    As I recall there was a limit of 255 chars on folder(s) + File name.
    So if any of my folders were ‘down the mineshaft’ a bit (Sub and sub folders), or the file names were too long, then I was stuffed.
    I save masses of web pages, so most often it would be links in the accompanying files folder (Web Page Complete saving has an accompanying files folder), which were miles long.
    These days I only use browsers, where I can save the web page as .mht
    But now to my question –
    Are long folder + file names still a problem, when > 255 chars ?

    Rob

    PS Perhaps that was also what started my (bitter) hatred of Documents and Settings folder, as you are half a mile down the mineshaft, even without the length of what you are about to save.
    If you had a giant wombat, which became rabid, it would dig something like Documents and Settings.
    You should all get into the habit of creating folders like
    C:D_Health
    C:D_PCs
    etc.
    The D stands for Data (not the D drive).
    Then backing up is just a case of burning all your D_ folders to a DVD.
    Probably you won’t need to bother zipping them.

    PPS the back slash does not appear to survive when I saved my comment

  4. Michael Lunn

    You do know brothersoft.com is on Nortons warning sites for spyware, malware and adware distribution? I get a big old red warning when I enter their signup site, telling me to beware.
    Does anyone know anything more about this?

  5. Jon

    Hello Ashraf!

    I was wondering, I had downloaded the Paragon Drive Backup 9 PE from the other day on GOTD, should I take this off and use Titan Backup? How do you feel about PDB 9 PE? Thanks for all your reviews and help by the way! Much appreciated!

    -Jon

  6. Sunny

    Hi Ashraf
    Yes, it would be splendid if you could do a comprehensive review/comparison of the main freeware drive imaging utilities. Last year I got the free Paragon utility (off a computer mag Cd) but found the forums to be a hotbed of discontent. Apparently when many Paragon users needed to restore the image they hit a brick wall. Very disappointing. Have heard that this can be a stumbling block with several of the free utes, but even Acronis users have struck this problem, despite the image having verified as perfect when it was created.

    Several people I know use BootitNG or Image for Windows, very successfully, but they are both commercial progs.

    I’m particularly interested in how these drive image utilities work with branded laptops which usually have their own hidden recovery partition containing important data.
    But, no installation disks from which to build a boot cd for times of real crisis.

    So many people build images against the time they’ll need them and feel very safe, but
    only time will tell whether their faith is rewarded when crunch-time comes.

  7. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    I have seen it but never really tried it. I am always doubtful of programs that claim to optimize XXX although that does not mean it does not work. It just means I am not very trusting :).

  8. Giovanni

    Thanks Ashraf for your answer!!

    I had also emailed you tonight asking you if you know another (FREE) method, besides the one I showed you by email, to add SUBTITLES to streamed videos (youtube, google video, metacafe, dailymotion etc) or to translate video to another language with CAPTIONS, but I still didn’t get a reply from you probably because of your university’s commitments.

    Hope to get an answer from you about this matter soon (why not post an article about this issue here??) as I’m really keen to see whether or not there are FREE ALTERNATIVES to my time-consuming method I sent you via email tonight (if you don’t have time to do so, please just send me a LINK of your knowledge where they talk about it…ok??).

    Cheers

  9. Bill H

    Ashraf, have you come across Vista Services Optimizer? (it’s a “hot find” at Gizmo’s)(tech support alert.com) I would also recommend “FileBox eXtender” to anyone who will listen. Later…Bill H.

  10. Ozzie

    Good morning Ashraf (or good evening to you in the US). Yeah, must have snuck in through some other means. Nasty little things. I run A2 pro as my resident guard (along with Threatfire, Vista Firewall Control and Spybot’s Teatimer). I also have Trojan Killer pro (although that doesn’t run as a background guard). I had done a scan with TK yesterday morning and all was clear, hence why I suspicious when A2 did its scheduled evening scan and picked it up. Anyway, the virus has been consigned to quarantine where it can’t do any damage. You know, I still find it hard to believe I live in a world where some people’s sole preoccupation is causing computer damage and engaging in data theft. :(

  11. giovanni

    Hi Ashraf!

    It’s strange…

    I have another version of TITAN BACKUP installed in my PC which seems to be different than this freebie (vers 2.5.0.117) but honestly don’t remember how I got it for free…LOL!!

    Probably it’s an upgrade of a previous GAOTD given last year, as you can see from the link below:

    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/?s=titan+backup&x=0&y=0

    What do you make of it??

    Cheers

    Giovanni

    P.S. Did you get my mails about the 3 capture screenshots freebies I sent you last week??

    Have you tried them? If so do you believe that FAST STONE CAPTURE is still the best option?

  12. Ozzie

    Thanks Ashraf. I uninstalled anyway and had no problem installing the new version. Coincidentally, I also had a virus get through. Quarantined it without any drama, but as this was the only thing I d/l-ed (and the scan I did yesterday found nothing), I wonder if anyone else had the same problem.

  13. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Jumbi,

    I think you are mixing up Advanced SystemCare with Advanced WindowsCare :). I have always liked Advanced SystemCare not Advanced WindowsCare. Advanced WindowsCare is the predecessor of Advanced SystemCare. Advanced WindowsCare just does not seem like a very reliable program to me. It told me it fixed 29,997 problems on my computer; keep in mind that I have Advanced SystemCare Pro constantly cleaning my computer so there is absolutely no way in hell I could have had 29,997 problems.

  14. jumbi

    Hello dear Asraf,

    Thank you for the new free version of this great software!

    Just a question concerning the other mentioned software:
    In the past you were positive to
    Advanced WindowsCare Pro v2
    Now you suggest the other 2 similar utilities (WinUtilities 6.2 or TuneUp Utilities 2007).

    Is there a specific reason for that, apart from the fact that Advanced WindowsCare Pro v2 is more resource demanding?
    Perhaps a drawback appeared since then?

  15. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    George,

    That is odd. Try using RevoUninstaller to uninstall Titan. Then restart your computer and try installing again. Check under “About” to verify what version you get.

  16. George N. True II

    Hi Ashraf! Thanks for your great reviews. I followed your tip regarding the new version of Titan Backup. I uninstalled the previous version and downloaded the new one at Brothersoft. Everything was smooth except for one thing: I can’t seem to get the new version. Whenever I install the new version I get from Brothersoft, I always end up with the previous version (1.5) that I uninstalled from my computer. I did two times already. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  17. Rob

    Hi Ashraf,
    Will be interested in your coverage of partition backups.
    I have been using Paragon, but have not had great success with partitions. I have given up (on partiton cloning), and now just clone the whole hard drive to another hard drive.
    That is a bit limiting mind you, as you need a stock of hard drives (I have three oldish desktop PC’s in various states of unhealth).
    Perhaps you might discuss cloning the whole drive to an image, which I have not tried yet. With focus on restoring that image. (Getting it from an external usb 500mb drive back into an empty drive).
    Regards,
    Rob

  18. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Jean,

    I was actually planning on writing a post about free alternatives to Acronis True Image/Norton Ghost (programs you can use to backup your whole partition/hard drives). Ill give you a sneak preview; here are the software I was planning on bringing attention to:

    Clonezilla
    DriveImage XML
    Macrium Reflect Free
    Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8.5 SE

    and one or two others I can’t remember right now (I think).

  19. Jean-Luc Picard

    Gee, thanks!

    Can it backup/restore entire partitions, though?
    The OS partition?
    Because I’m currently setting aside 15$/week for a new computer, and I have currently over $400 for it. I want to take my Dell’s XP install and install it to a partition on the new computer’s HDD, and install Linux onto the Dell.

    Any suggestions?