[CC] Freeware Yadis! Backup

I just found a little gem, Yadis! Backup. The program provides real time backup to just about any destination.

I’ve been looking for a real time/continuous backup program for a while, to make backup to my WD MyBook World Edition (NAS). The Memeo backup software that came with WD is very buggy. Recently Memeo has started to ask me to upgrade to a paid version. I’ve tried Genie Timeline free edition, it’s simple, has a nice clean interface, and it does a good job monitoring files, but it is not real time, it backs up new and changed files every 60 minutes).

I was wondering “why isn’t there a backup program like the Dropbox app, but without Dropbox?” simple and instant.

Enter Yadis! Backup. Here is what the developer says about the program:

Yadis! is a free and easy backup application that protects your private information within minutes. It’s intuitive design will guide you through a few steps, and before you know it, your personal data is brought in safety.

When you use a backup-tool, it’s often a hard job to learn to know all of the features. And when you’ve finally managed to understand every possibility of that tool, you realize it’s not just that what you wanted.
That’s why we’ve created Yadis! Backup. Take a look around and discover all of it’s advantages…

  • It’s FREE
  • It’s small
  • It’s easy to use
  • You can fully decide what to backup
  • It copies one on one your files to allmost any destination you want
  • You don’t need Yadis! Backup to access the backed-up files
  • The marked folders are backed-up real-time (no scheduling needed!). You make a change? Yadis! Backup makes a backup
  • When your backup destination isn’t available, Yadis! remembers the changes you have made. Whenever the location becomes available Yadis! starts backing up the changes.

This I what I like most about Yadis!:

  • It’s real time.
  • It’s configurable but still easy to use.
  • It keeps track of changes made when you’re on the go, and backs them up the destination is available again.
  • It offers versioning to keep different versions of the same file.
  • It offers “target validation” to ensure that the backup is made to the correct device. So if you destination is a external hard drive, it won’t start backup to a thumb drive if that is plugged in and gets the hard drive’s normal drive letter assigned.
  • It preserves full path structure

A major con is that restore function doesn’t seem to work in version 1.10.3. Maybe it’s because my backup destination is on a network drive. I can live with that because restoring files isn’t something I do frequently, and I can still access the backup’ed files explorer way. I’m also still able search within the backup. But that is defiantly something that the developer needs to work on.

Here is how to get Yadis! Backup:

Product site: http://www.codessentials.com/products/yadisbackup.html

Direct download: http://www.codessentials.com/products/yadis/setup.exe

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  • Flesher

    You people can actually try using the “Cloudbacko pro” software for taking backup and restoring too. I am taking their service from long time and really satisfied using this software. If you want more just go to their website and try using their service. For more info leaving a link below:http://www.cloudbacko.com/

  • Flesher

    You people can actually try using the “Cloudbacko pro” software for taking backup and restoring too. I am taking their service from long time and really satisfied using this software. If you want more just go to their website and try using their service.

  • Roger

    [@Roger] Ok, it works – to test, delete the original before restoring and it works fine.

  • Roger

    [@Roger] hmm, spoke too soon, now it has stopped restoring … darn.

  • Roger

    I find that restore does not work from network drive when the “preserve directory structure” is checked, but DOES work when that box is NOT checked … interesting hmmmm.

  • Kumara

    I’ve tried many real-time synchronisers. This is the best of all!

  • Dan

    Thanks Bruce and fdottechk for the details..much appreciated! She really was a good person and had a way with words..always coming across to me as a down-to-earth woman, who cared as much about the people using her software, as she did about the programs themselves..

    She will be and, no doubt, already is sadly missed.


  • fdottechk
  • fdottechk


    Here is the info that Karen’s brother posted:

    Dear Friends, I suspect that many of you have noticed that the last issue of Karen’s Power Tools Newsletter was dated March 17, 2010, and you may have been anxiously awaiting another. It is with great sadness that I write to tell you of Karen’s death on April 12, 2011, after a long struggle with several debilitations, including diabetes. I know that Karen touched many of you with her kindness, wit, creativity and encouragement. She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend. And she was a pretty darned good programmer, too. We are deeply grieving her loss. For now, Karen’s server is still running, the programs she has written can still be downloaded, and donations can still be made through the website. We are also working to fill all CD orders that have been submitted or mailed.

    It is difficult to make business decisions while grieving. So, at this point, I cannot say what will be the future of KarenWare.com, except to say that we will certainly continue Karen’s commitment to safeguard your privacy as shown at the Privacy link of KarenWare.com. Many of you have already written many kinds words of condolence and comfort. Please know that we greatly appreciate you. If you care to make a contribution in her honor, she was a long-time supporter of The Dohnavur Fellowship, a special children’s ministry in southern India. You can learn more about them at http://www.DohnavurFellowship.org.

    All we ask is that you remember her whenever you take the case off of your computer, contemplate removing entries from your Windows Registry, listen to Bob Wills or Riders in the Sky, or wave and say ‘Hi!’ to anyone on the ‘net. May God richly bless you, as He has all those who knew Karen. Bill Kenworthy Karen’s brother

  • Denis

    You do notice you can get free Acronis True Image with WD drives go to the drivers page of your HDD

  • Bruce Fraser

    I subscribe to a newsletter from Fred Langa, who used to work with Karen, back in the days of paper magazines about computers. Here is what Fred posted in April of this year: http://langa.posterous.com/rip-karen-kenworthy.

  • Dan

    @Bruce Fraser:

    So sad to read of Karen’s passing. I never knew her in person, but I did visit her site many times in the past and had bookmarked it..as well as obviously using her software.

    Bruce, do you have any details on how and when she passed? It’s a real shame to read of folks you know online passing like this, but I guess that’s life..still, it’s saddening to hear such news.



  • Bruce Fraser

    You can also try Karen’s Replicator: http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp. It has pretty much all the same functions as this program.

    The software author (Karen) has died, so it won’t be update any more. But it’s complete as is, and doesn’t need any more.

  • rodken

    “A major con is that restore function doesn’t seem to work”. Great soft!!
    I’m with Kerry on this one “thank you ashraf, another good one! Keep up the great work.”
    This site is starting to make me laugh.

  • John C

    As an alternative (and particularly useful for programmers!), I highly recommend FileHamster (http://www.filehamster.com/). I’ve been using it for several years now, starting when it was completely free. Now there are 4 versions: free plus 3 paid versions with extra functionality. I personally opted to pay for the “Advanced” version, in order to have “diff” capabilities.

    The software has saved my bacon several times, allowing me to revert back to, or just compare the current version with, older versions of my code if/when I discover something has stopped working. And just a few days ago, when I inadvertently deleted an entire folder of code (ouch!!), I was able to get back all of my work to within just a few minutes of the “accident” :-)

    Just my €0.02!


  • steel

    The program works as advertised. When setting up I picked the Advanced setting which enabled me to apply file versioning. I picked the program to keep 6 versions of the same file. I’m backing up to my Amazon Cloud online folder. I think that answers your question Sameer.


  • Kerry

    thank you ashraf, another good one! Keep up the great work.

  • Sameer

    Thanks for the article

    I would just like to ask: does this back up to a location on the web? I know they wont provide space, but can it back up to an online folder – like a private folder on one’s website?

  • Thanks for the info.
    I would love to see comments and experiences with the program.
    A backup program is always a good asset.

  • Steel

    This is just what I needed! My work is creating steel fabrication drawings with Autocad software. I’ve lost work before and its no fun to do things twice when time is critical. I needed a way to backup every time a file is changed.

    Thanks again,