Renee Becca is the world's most advanced data backup software according to Reneelab, lets see if that holds after our review of the program.
Renee Becca is available as a free and commercial version. You need to register using an email address to unlock the free version using a product key sent to the email address you registered an account with.
The installation holds no surprises and all options become available once you activate the free version of the backup software.
The program displays a tutorial screen on start that explains the core concepts backup, recover and clone using graphics and fast links to the options to get started right away.
Backup refers to backing up data, recovery to recover previously backed up data, and clone to move data from one hard drive or partition to another.
The very same core options are listed on the left side of the interface so that you can switch to them quickly after start. There does not seem to be an option to change the start screen which means that you will always start on the tutorial screen.
The program lists three backup, recovery and clone options under each core options link.
This is the first and without doubt prominent option of Renee Becca. The three backup options displayed here on this screen are the following ones:
All backup modes share most customization options and the main difference between them is the source or sources that you select in the first step.
If you select system backup for instance, the source is selected automatically for you if there is only one version of Windows installed on the PC. File backup on the other hand lets you pick as many files or folders you want to include in the backup.
The remaining options are identical. They include five different backup modes to choose from as well as advanced options that provide you with additional customization options.
The backup modes
The following five backup modes are supported by the program:
The main difference between incremental and differential backups is the following: incremental backups always back up new or changed files since the last backup run (either full or incremental) while differential backups always what has changed or been added since the last full backup.
The advanced options
Next to selecting the desired backup mode, you may configure advanced backup options with a click on the advanced tab. Some options are only available based on the backup option selected but most are available for all.
One option that is missing here is encryption.
All three recovery options work only in conjunction with backups created previously. They work exactly the same way, only that they restore data instead of backing it up.
Clone finally offers options to copy a hard disk, a partition or system partition to another hard disk or partition.
Cloning works direct which means that you need both the source and destination drive / partition connected to the machine at the same time. The backup program takes advantage of VSS shadow technology to copy data on the live system.
The top toolbar lists the three options Tasks, History and Tools which provide you with further options.
Tasks basically lists completed tasks. You may filter the list by type, date or name for example which can be useful if backups are created regularly using the software.
One interesting option here is the ability to make quick changes to backups. You may for instance turn scheduling on or off from the Task screen, or launch backup or recovery options from there as well.
There is also a link to a browse option but that appears to be not implemented yet.
Apart from that, you may run new backup jobs directly from the Task window or create a Rescue CD.
History is a log that displays all jobs and their status (success, warning, error). You may filter the selection by time period (e.g. last seven days) or even source.
Tools finally lists three optional tools that you may find useful:
There are many great backup programs available for Windows that are free and Renee Becca is certainly one that deserves a spot among them. The only feature the program is lacking as far as I can tell is backup encryption.
The website could use a comparison between the free and paid version as it is not really clear how they differ apart from premium support that you get when you buy the premium version.
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