TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Many companies have IT professionals working behind the scenes to keep computers, networks and systems running smoothly. Small companies and home computer users, however, don't have that luxury. This is where intuitive support software comes in handy.

NovaBACKUP Professional is IT grade PC backup software that you can use at home. The attractive wizard-based interface guides you through the process of scheduling full, incremental and differential backups and saving them to a variety of media devices.

The decision of just how and where you choose to back up your data should be based on the type of data you are backing up. NovaBACKUP Professional takes you through each step of the process of deciding how to manage your data with a top-performing backup solution to maintain your data integrity, and that is why it wins the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for best PC backup software.

Backup Features
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Because both software and hardware are susceptible to malware and occasional glitches, there is a good chance you'll experience some type of data loss at some point. Because most PC manufacturers only build slightly ahead of the software a computer is designed to run, it does not take long for your hardware to become outdated. Aging technology makes computers even more prone to system failure.

If your computer crashes, the wealth of backup options from NovaBACKUP are there to help you roll your system back to its ideal conditions. Additionally, its built-in anti-virus feature scans your backups so you do not have to worry about a virus-infected backup file becoming a source of future problems.

Establishing clear policies for your backups is the first step towards protecting your data, and NovaBACKUP’s Express Wizard is the tool to help you get there. The Express Wizard takes you through the step-by-step process of creating and saving backup jobs. You have options for full, incremental and differential backups. The copy features can help you transfer your data to other machines.

This program can accommodate whatever type of backup job you need to create. It can channel your backups to your preferred media based on how you prioritize your data. There is also a Drive Letter Management feature that tracks your connected USB devices to keep your backups going to the same device even if the drive letter changes because another device is plugged into your usual port. You can send your important work and school files to the same attached USB flash drive or larger media files to an attached hard drive every time.

You have other backup storage options as well. The Cloud Backup option allows your internet-connected computer to upload your backup photos and digitized financial or medical record files to an online storage location. When setting up your first cloud backup, NovaBACKUP does provide a few partner options. This can be confusing at first, but with a bit of looking around on the Configure Device tab, we found that you can configure backups to your preferred FTP site. Of course, you should keep your operating system and program backup files on a drive partition to avoid consuming all of your bandwidth.

Recovery Tools
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It's easy to take backup software for granted when everything is working well, but data loss can occur without warning. Fortunately, NovaBACKUP not only retains all of your backups but also verifies each one. Options on the Restore tab allow your backups to recover each file’s Access Control List so the files that were only accessible by your login are still only available to you.

NovaBACKUP's file recovery process is designed to have you back up and running in no time. If your backup schedule was so set, you could even have your computer back to a state relative to when it crashed, or you could recover it to its original system state if you made those backups available.

When you install this software, you can set up the program to give you a variety of recovery options. There is a boot disc feature to create an image that includes all of the startup files and device drivers your computer needs to get going. For this procedure, NovaBACKUP uses the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) to create a Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) so you can troubleshoot your operating system. You can create boot discs on CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

Management Tools
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Keeping your backup files secure should be one of your primary concerns, and this program gives you advanced control over that. It offers up to AES 256-bit encryption and compression to keep your files safe and easily transferrable between source and destination. A file verification option is also available.

NovaBACKUP is key-enabled, meaning your backups are protected by extra secure encryption that is virtually impossible for hackers to break through. You create a private key that grants access to your account. Be sure to store this private key in a secure location since the company will have no record of it and no alternative access to your backups. A workaround for this is on the security settings on the Device tab where you can configure your cloud backup to be secured by your FTP site password.

Help & Support
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NovaBACKUP has plenty of support options available if questions or concerns arise while you use this backup software. A content-rich support forum is available on the company website where you can get tips from other users and support representatives. There are email, live chat and telephone options available too. In addition, this backup solution’s website is filled with resources and tools to help you, including a full knowledgebase, training videos and webinars, articles and more. However, Novastor only includes the basic, NovaCare service for one year after purchase.

NovaBACKUP Summary:
9.9/10

NovaBACKUP is a serious PC backup tool for creating secure, regular backups. The interface is easy to use and the encryption is solid. NovaBACKUP is the best system backup software thanks to industry-best security features combined with a simple interface that makes backups very easy to schedule and alter.

 
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Pros
The Drive Letter Management feature tracks your connected USB devices to keep your backups going to the same device even when you plug it into another port.

Cons
Novastor only includes the basic NovaCare service for one year after purchase.

The Verdict
: 9.88/10

NovaBACKUP is perfect for anyone considering a serious data backup strategy that includes cloud, local and attached storage.