Leo Backup Review

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 8, 2011
Updated • Mar 21, 2016
Software, Windows software

Leo Backup is a free and commercial backup program for the Windows operating system supporting all the features you'd expect from a software of its kind.

Data backups play a key role in disaster recovery plans. Many Windows users on the other hand do not backup their data regularly, if at all. Windows itself comes with several recovery options, from shadow copies to the built-in system restore - but those may not be enough, depending on the "disaster" that struck. What if your PC gets stolen? Right, the backups are on the PC and you cannot recover your data, if you have not stored the data remotely as well.

Backup software is the solution. Newer versions of Windows come with limited backup capabilities, a better solution in most cases is to download and make use of a third party backup solution.

Leo Backup is a free and commercial backup solution for the Windows operating system. The free version is limited but sufficient for basic backup needs while the pro version adds features such as SFTP, shadow copy, or a service mode to the program. A detailed comparison of the free and professional versions of Leo Backup is provided on the developer website.

Leo Backup

A wizard guides the user through the backup creation. The standard options to add files and folders are available, as are several interesting custom solutions, for instance to backup the Windows profile, the Windows Registry, Microsoft Outlook settings or the Mozilla products Thunderbird and Firefox. The standard and custom options can be combined in one backup.

leo backup wizard

Filter settings are available to exclude or include specific data types. Users who only want to backup documents could add those document formats to the filter settings to make sure that only those are included in the backup. The program has no pre-defined filter lists for popular file types, something that the developers should consider adding in an update.

Leo Backup can backup data to a local disk or network disk, or to a remote ftp (optional SSL/TSL) or SFTP server.

remote ftp backup

Support for secure data transfer options when transferring files to remote servers is usually a core requirement for organizations that evaluate backup software, to make sure that the transferred data is protected during the transfer.

Individual users benefit from those protocols as well, and it is generally recommended to make use of them. Most free backup programs do not offer those options.

Additional backup settings can be configured after the backup location has been selected.

backup configuration

Leo Backup is configured for incremental backups by default, which only updates files in future backup runs that have been changed or added. Disabling the option configures the backup program to run full data backups every time.

The advantage of incremental backups is that you save space on subsequent backups as only changed or added data is included in those backup jobs.

Users can enable compression to save storage space at the local or remote destination, encryption to add an additional layer of security and timestamped folders for better identification of the backup folders.

Backups can be scheduled during configuration so that Leo Backup runs them automatically on schedule after the initial configuration has been completed. Available for selection are daily, weekly and custom intervals.

schedule backups

Programs that are run before or after the backup, and notifications are configured in the last step of the backup setup.

The backup software supports email notifications only. It is possible to attach the log file to emails, and configure the notifications to only be send out if errors have occurred during the backup.

leo backup software

Leo Backup supports the creation and management of multiple backup sets which are all displayed in the left sidebar after they have been created. The files and folders that are included in the backup are shown after selection on the right.

The sidebar displays a backup summary with information about the backup destination, schedule and last run.

Backup sets can be modified with a double-click. All backup options are displayed in tabs in a single window which makes it easier to modify backup settings.

backup properties

The developers are working on a free version of Leo Backup that will be first released in this month. It will offer a similar feature set with a few exceptions.

The commercial version is available as a 30-day trial version on the official website. The download page links to a pdf manual and the online user guide as well.


Leo Backup is an easy to configure backup solution with several interesting features, among them support for SFTP and FTP SSL/TSL connections, pre-configured backups of important data, active directory impersonation, private/public key authorization and COM support.

The program could use some polishing touches in some areas, namely the file filter and reporting service. Additional pre-configured custom backup options, like backing up Internet Explorer data would be welcome as well.

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  1. Prasad said on February 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I have used this software. This is a very good and easy to use software for backup scheduling.
    No expertize required to configure or use.

    Good to have.

  2. H.S.Prabhakara said on June 16, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I tried it for the first time .I was impressed with very intuitive interface and speed of backup on local drives. However I tried to uploading a 7 gig file to a ftp site .It took about 45 mins to back up 2% of the file and stopped saying it will try other methods! I am rather disappointed at this!
    I think it has great potential.s

  3. ktirumala said on November 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

    excellent article….

  4. Grr said on September 20, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Thanks Martin for the giveaway.

    Please count me in.

    Thanks, Grr

  5. ayhan said on September 3, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Please, count me in

  6. Pradeep Singha said on September 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Wao its seems to be a good backup program. All the essential features are present in this program except that making backup images which I would like the developer to add in the next version. I would like to win a license. Thanks for the giveaway! Hoping to win one. :)

  7. Pan PikuÅ› said on September 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Nice giveaway. The program promises to be interesting and to me it useful. And to this very good description. I’d like to get it. Thanks and best regards.

  8. ReviewsAntivirus said on September 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Please, count me in

  9. Randy said on July 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    It is always safe to choose remote backup. I am using SOS Online Backup (www.sosonlinebackup.com), i restore any version of the file anywhere, anytime.

  10. e1scd said on March 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Looks like a highly useful backup option. I’d love to have a license.

  11. anash said on March 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Yes, count me in as well- a fine program@ tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/45808725516226560

  12. Sebastian T said on March 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Looks nice. I must try it! I shall recommend it to my friends.

  13. nate said on March 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Please add my name to your drawing for Leo Backup. Thank you!

  14. sheffy said on March 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I love to have it because of special functions that others does not have. Please i need the code to unlock this this software, i have downloaded and installed it on my computer. Thanks.

  15. Mygan said on March 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Count me in.

  16. hipockets said on March 9, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Please add my name to your drawing for Leo Backup. Thank you!

  17. vhick said on March 9, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Thank you for the giveaway! A really good software.


  18. Lee said on March 9, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I currently use a number of free backup programs but I am looking for a change. Please count me in the draw.

  19. NOKNOT said on March 9, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Leo Backup? I must say I have never heard of this, however I am in need of a backup software would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.


  20. Colleen said on March 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I could have used this a little while ago, as I have messed up my desktop and along with it about 15 years of collected data…I really want it now…

  21. Paul(us) said on March 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Looks like a great piece of software, love to get main hands on it.

  22. Sputnik said on March 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Great !

    Count me in the drawing please !

  23. siddxxxx said on March 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for this giveaway Sir.I would like to have this product on my pc.

    I have tweeted this post over Twitter,link is



  24. Jocke said on March 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’d like to give it a go as well… Thanks.

  25. ssll said on March 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    better then acronis?

  26. Robert Palmar said on March 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Rolls dice.

  27. Kiko said on March 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I would certainly like to try this software…

  28. Jeff said on March 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Count me in!


  29. ha14 said on March 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for mentioning this soft, it has some interesting features and reliable they are.

  30. Martin Pitchcer said on March 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Sounds like a great program with the features that I am looking for. Thanks for doing the review and the giveaway. Count me in.

  31. MerleOne said on March 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for counting me in. I tried this software, which is close to Backup Platinum and Handy Backup, but with nice features. I would definitely like to get a full license. Thanks.

  32. pitman said on March 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Free stuff is always good.

  33. Bionic said on March 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks for the review Martin.
    Leo Backup is supposed to be Leading, Efficient & Optimal – OK I’ll Bite :)

  34. Yoav said on March 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Martin, then count me out.

  35. Zeus said on March 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Sounds good, and I love the lion mascot. Hope I win a free pro license!

  36. Yoav said on March 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Can you make images of a hard drive with this software or does it back up files only?

    1. Martin said on March 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Yoav good point. The program only supports file and folder backups, no disk images.

  37. hlm said on March 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Seems like a nice program. Do count me in Ghacks. Keep up the good work.

  38. Eric said on March 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for the information, I didn’t know this software
    It seems to have the functionality I need (incremental backup + scheduler), that’s great.

    The giveaway sounds very interesting to me

    keep up the good work at ghacks ;-)

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