A first look at Nero BackItUp 2014

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Nero BackItUp 2014 is a backup software with cloud storage integration. The core version of the application is free, and if you sign up for a Nero account, you do get 5 Gigabytes of online storage for your data.

If you do not want to back up your data on a remote server, you can skip the registration and use the program to back up your data locally only.

If you do become a paying customer, you get the full backup suite and depending on the selected plan, additional online storage.  The unlimited pro plan for instance is available for €49.99 per year currently. It gets you the full backup client and unlimited online storage for your backups.

Full backup client means that you can back up data to optical discs or network computer systems, something which you cannot do when you use the free version.

The setup file has a size of about 50 Megabytes. Once installed and started, it will displays a large back up now button on the front page.

If you click on the button, it asks you to select the folders and files that you want to back up. This opens a file explorer window that you can use to check folders and files for the backup. Unlike in other solutions, it does not come with filters or presets that you can use.

This means that it may be difficult for inexperienced users to find their important files on the hard drive. Once you have made the selection here, you need to select the backup location. Available for selection are local and external drives, optical discs, network storage, or the online storage.

Nero BackItUp 2014 rates each storage based on the level of protection it offers, from lowest (local hard drive) to maximum (the company's online storage).

Once you have selected the target location, you can configure additional options on the next screen. Free users are again limited, as backups can only be started manually.

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If you want to schedule backups, you need to subscribe to one of the paid accounts. Other options include enabling compression or encryption, both of which are also only available to paying customers.

The program is also available for Android and Windows Phone.  If you install the apps on your mobile devices, you can use the desktop application to back up your phone data on your local system.

Too limiting to free users

If you are a free user, you get a very basic backup software for your operating system. You can only use it to back up to internal or external hard drives, cannot schedule backups, and cannot configure compression or encryption either.

The question is why you would want to use the program as a free user, if there are dozens of free backup programs available for Windows that provide a superior feature set?

EaseUS Todo Backup for example comes with all the missing options built-into the free version, and programs like Cobian Backup or Areca Backup ship with advanced features that Nero BackItUp lacks or makes only available to paying customers.

Conclusion

The free version of Nero BackItUp is too limited to be of use. It is not comfortable enough, and lacks features such as protection that backup software needs to offer regardless of price.

If you are looking for a backup solution with online synchronization, then you may be interested in the Unlimited Pro plan. It not only gets you the full backup client, but also access to unlimited online storage. Not bad for the price of €50 per year.

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Responses to A first look at Nero BackItUp 2014

  1. Helmuth January 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    I'm very annoyed by the buit-in back-up from Windows and I'll use another. From the free versions that you mentioned, which one do you prefer?

    • David January 11, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      What's wrong with Windows Backup?

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