[Windows] Create reliable backups with Cobian Backup

If you’re looking for a backup program that has all of the “bells and whistles” of a paid program, but you don’t want to pay a dime, then you may want to consider Cobian Backup. This is a free program that has a shocking amount of features. Best of all, the program is very reliable.


Main Functionality

Cobian Backup is a free backup program for Windows. It can be used to create backups of your files in case you ever need to restore things for whatever reason. The best thing about this program is the fact that it offers as many features as a paid backup program would offer, but Cobian Backup gives them away for free.

Take note Cobian Backup is a file-level backup tool, not system-level.


  • Very straightforward interface thanks to large buttons that are very intuitive
  • Tons of configuration options make sure you only backup what you want
  • Can schedule backups or preform random backups with just the click of a button
  • Offers file compression and encryption options
  • Allows you to change the program’s appearance if you wish to do so
  • Great online support offered by its forum (tutorials and help files also available)


  • Backup took a bit longer than I would like


I have tried a lot of free backup programs in my time. Most of the free ones are nothing to write home about. They offer the bare minimum. If you want anything with substance, you have to spend your hard-earned cash. That is why I was so shocked when I tried Cobian Backup. Not only does it offer all the basic features you have come to expect from a backup program, but it also offers features that some paid programs don’t even offer.

Creating a new backup with Cobian Backup is about as easy as it gets. You simply create a new name, and then decide what files/folders you want to include in this backup. From there, you can even create a schedule to help remind you to back up your files. All of this is pretty basic, but if that is all you are looking for, you can bet that Cobian Backup can handle it.

Of course, the fact that it handles these basic commands is not what makes this program so great. It is the other features it offers that makes it better than most other free programs. For example, Cobian Backup also offers file compression and encryption options. This is a feature that I have not seen included in many free backup programs. Heck, this is a feature I have seen missing from some paid backup programs! The encryption (password protection) service offered is great if you are going to be storing your backups on a USB device, which can be easily misplaced.

The biggest problem I had with Cobian Backup is the long wait time. For whatever reason, this program seems to take a really long time to back up your files. This can be annoying, but may be worth the wait if you really want these extra features. However, the long wait time is what keeps this program from being a must-have.


Overall, I highly recommend Cobian Backup to people who are looking for a great free backup program. That being said, if you are not good with long wait times, I would steer clear from this one. If you can get over that, you may find a great replacement for your current backup program in Cobian Backup.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 11.2

Supported OS: Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7

Download size: 18.8MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/35

Is it portable? No

Cobian Backup homepage

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  1. Maximus

    How can you title this Cobain Backup as “reliable”, when it does not, nor, can not, validate the integrity of the backup once made?
    It may have all the bells and whistles a user dreams of having, but what good are they, if the backup is corrupt or missing data? Sounding good, and working good, are two different things in my book.
    Nice program, but my data is too important to take chances with. 10/2013

  2. sl0j0n

    Hello, all.
    The late Karen Kenworthy wrote great programs.
    One of them is Karen’s PTReplicator.
    One of, if not the best, ‘backup’ programs ever.
    I’ve used it to copy the /Windows directory, while running Win7.

    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!

  3. Brett

    Cobian Backup is AMAZING. You can’t find many free programs that allow you to set scheduled backups from FTP to your computer and actually do it quite well. I personally back up all my files to Dropbox AND WAMP’s www folder. That provides not only a cloud backup, but also a place where I can tinker with my website code without the changes being live.