Windows Backup Software DeltaCopy

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 2, 2008
Updated • Nov 21, 2009
Backup, Software, Windows, Windows software

DeltaCopy is not the usual Windows backup software that you encounter when searching for backup solutions for the Windows plattform. It uses a server client based concept to backup files from a number of clients on a central backup server. This means that the main application for DeltaCopy are home networks and small business network with the need for a central backup system.

DeltaCopy is an Open Source portable Windows backup software that supports incremental backups, email notifications, one-click restore options and a task scheduler in an easy to use interface. It will run on any Windows NT based operating systems. The developers have not listed Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 on their web pages.

Interestingly enough it can connect to rsync daemons running on Linux systems since it basically is a Windows wrapper around rsync. SSH Tunneling is available if the destination server is a Linux / Unix system running rsync.

How does the Windows backup software work?

The administrator installs the server version of Deltacopy on one machine. The backup software installs itself as a Windows Service. Once the server is up and running so called virtual directories can be created. This is a similar procedure to setting up an ftp server. The admin picks a folder on a hard drive on the server with the option to create multiple virtual directories on the server.

The client is then executed on a client machine. Profiles manage the backup jobs on the client machine. This is the place where the user selects the files and folders that should be backed up regularly. The backup server will be entered during that configuration as well. The server can be identified by entering the IP or hostname of the server running the backup software.

Authentication is possible. This has to be enabled during server setup and the client computer has to use the same login credentials that have been created on the server to be able to perform the backup.

Backups can be initiated either manually or by using the Windows Task Scheduler. Files can be restored from the client interface if the need should arise.

DeltaCopy is a sophisticated but not overly complicated Windows backup software that works best for small home and company networks.


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  1. GeoffGoat said on April 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I have been testing yintersync as an alternative to other rsync guis on windows with positive results. Its still in beta but I am looking forward to its release as the screenshots are promising

  2. Peter said on October 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    You may want to check out Backupchain because I was looking for a Deltacopy replacement that can send the large file to an FTP server and an external drive. I found it gives more options but you may be fine with deltacopy as well

  3. elbek said on April 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Hi, I had same problems for Deltacopy and Vista then deactivate UAC in user session and go to rsync.exe and ssh.exe in deltacopy folder, properties, give it full permissions. Now it works perfectly as XP.

    Thats all.

  4. macejv said on March 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm


    Your product that you have presented is a great one. Basically, a good program for back-up-ing Windows files and settings represents a “must” for each and every computer user, and anyone should need to have one suitable for their requirements. Also there is very important to have a good Windows Optimizer together with a back-up program, such as jv16 PowerTools 2009 from Macecraft.

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  5. Charles Roth said on October 30, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I could not get DeltaCopy (on Windows Vista) to rsync to a linux server.

    However, I was able to hack a batch file to use the supplied rsync directly. Details at

  6. bryan said on October 2, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    How well does this handle partial/interrupted copies?

    My biggest problem with backups is you get 3/4 ways through a 2gig file and the connection hiccups. With no resume feature you have to start all over again.

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