Due to past experience, I have a high regard for Comodo. As a cash-strapped college student, their freeware was a blessing.
Choosing their backup program was a no-brainer. Installing it was easy. Although the UI was a bit overwhelming, I still was able to figure out how to tell the program what I wanted to back up, where I wanted it to go, and how often. I clicked "start backup" and it began. The check box to have the program turn off the PC when it was done was very handy. The next day, I turned on my computer, and read the log, and everything went as planned. I was really pleased, but not surprised because Comodo quality to me.
The trouble started when I tried to do a 2nd (incremental) backup. To start this task I just had to take my best guess, as there was no help. Nowhere to pick up where I left off. The schedule I had set was even gone.I was told it had to "scan" the backup in order to process the subsequent files to be backed up.I clicked on back up and it began.
I came back three hours later. 0 of the files had been backed up. It was still scanning the backup."155644 files found" was what I got as updates every few minutes.The Comodo help site wasn't much assistance because I couldn't come up with the correct phrase to describe my problem in a search engine.I stopped it after 4.5 hours with 0 backed up.
I don't have the time to research this problem right now, due to work and grad school. I will look elsewhere, but I still have high regard for Comodo.
Been using Comodo Backup for more than 1 year,and so far it is the best and simplest to use I have found.Only problem I have from time to time,is that it changes my Destination External hard drive letter from G to H or vice versa,and of course it won't work until you adjust it.
Comodo's suggestion to do backups to a CD/DVD is to do the backup to your hard drive or a virtual drive and then burn the backup to a CD/DVD with your burning program. Despite Comodo's claim to the contrary, there is no way to do a backup directly to a CD/DVD. I installed Nero's InCD hoping that this program would detect the formatted DVD as another hard drive, but it would not. I really like this program's interface and the clean backups it does to a hard drive, but I need to do backups to a CD/DVD. Hopefully, Comodo will resolve this issue in the future and provide a better solution to doing backups to a DVD. This is an excellent program as long as you don't need to do backups to a DVD. I ended up going with GFI Backup on this website since it will do backups directly to either the CD/DVD drive or to the CD/DVD drive with InCD formatting; in the latter case, it treats the DVD drive just like another hard drive.
I have been using this for about 6 months now and have found it fantastic for my purposes. I use the synchronization settings to backup whatever I am working on most to another hard drive so I have a constant backup. I have not noticed any slowing of my computer. I have also used all the backup modes with great success. I have found this to be one of the more easier programs to use in that the different backup modes are fully self explanatory.
This program is like a deluxe version of the Windows Briefcase, only with far more features. There are plenty of configuration options, but one feature that I would have liked to see is a preview mode showing files that will be copied, deleted or overwritten when the backup is run. While not strictly necessary, it is useful and can prevent mistakes being made. Other than that, a useful piece of software.
While I like this backup software, have used it enough in the past, I feel it has some compatibility issues. Had issue with it crashing. Not sure if due to using the C-firewall or what. Had one or two errors when it went to do a self run and it quit. Not often or anything but Syncback hasn't quit on me once in all the time I've used it so I think I'll stay with that for now. This is still an excellent bk tool though and worth a check. If my issue is due to firewall, then I keep the C-firewall over the other products by them and this is no exception. If I find why the crashes occurred, I will fix my rating.
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