FileStream TurboBackup 5 review

£26
Price when reviewed

Not all backup software aims to do everything, and this offering from US-based FileStream is more interested in protecting your chosen files than recovering the whole OS. But while it succeeds in many ways, TurboBackup 5 doesn’t quite have the ease of use to make it stand out from the crowd this month.

FileStream TurboBackup 5 review

Upon opening for the first time, the Backup Wizard automatically runs, giving you the usual file trees for you to choose what to back up. Interestingly, TurboBackup gives you two compression options: if you compress to a standard Zip file it can be opened without TurboBackup, but won’t contain any drive or partition details; compress to a backup file and you’ll need the software to open it, but the partition information remains intact.

One problem becomes apparent if you choose to compress to a backup file: you can browse the archive to restore individual files, but the process renames them all as a series of successive numbers so you won’t know which is which. A final option is to duplicate, which simply sends copies of the files to the backup location as they are.

The scheduler is comprehensive, offering hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or one-off tasks and even backups at specified minute intervals if you need that level of precision. Rotating incremental backups are supported, so you could increment two sets on alternate days, but the wording of this and other options is confusing. For example, with an option here for ‘incremental backup’ next to an option for ‘daily backup’, it isn’t immediately clear what the difference is, so you may find yourself wading through the detailed Help files. Lastly, there’s no support for differential backups, a limitation compared to other apps on test.

Backups will run with no user input, though, and can be stored on most available DVD formats, the exception being DVD-RAM. Scheduled tasks will run without the owner logged – useful for multi-user environments – although TurboBackup only offers basic password protection and there’s no option to verify the integrity of an archive.

A nice inclusion is a quick backup bar on the left side of the main screen. With templates for backing up Favorites, Outlook files, Windows settings and the My Documents folder, it makes basic backups extremely simple. There’s also an option to back up the system state, which piggybacks on the Windows Backup Utility (if present) to offer system recovery.

Overall, Turbo Backup offers some useful options. But at this price, it falls too close to the better-featured Acronis True Image for us to recommend it.

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