Iperius Backup is a very powerful program that partitions and drives pay-to-play persona images to non-proprietary formats and also handles file backups, virtual machines, and various pro and corporate formats. There is also a limited free version, but it is still useful if all you need is a regular file backup.

Design and interface

Because the interface is relatively simple but attractive, Iperius gives you a direct feeling that you agree with pro-level applications. Not that there aren’t some programs that look bad or outdated that perform very well – not a form of prejudice on my part, for sure.

However, even though the program is seen immediately at first, the scothot way to connect the relationship between the source (“items” in Iperius) and the destination makes it easier than it looks.

The purpose for the file is specified in the destination panel of the dialog tab which helps you make backup work, the temporary purpose for imaging and FTP is done in a separate dialog. If you want the latter to go to the same destination as the conversion file, you must select the “copy to backup job destination” option in the imaging and FTP dialog. A convoluted voice? That’s because of that.

It’s easy after you understand the concept, and it is understood to be commensurate with the learning curve, but the process will be much easier to understand if all the goals are set in the same place.

THE FEATURES

There are a few reserves that Iperius cannot do. It performs regular file copies (truly one-way synchronization), copies files to Zip containers, and drives images and partitions to friendly .VHD containers. The .VHD file can be installed by Windows and various virtual machine programs (VirtualBox, VMware, etc.), so you don’t depend on Iperius to explore it.

There is even a fully functional FTP client that opens remote directories and local directories, then lets you copy back and forth. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the grandfather of remote file access protocols.

Options include scheduling, e-mail after errors or resolutions, network user profiles (user names / passwords so you don’t have to re-enter them for each job), and a number of criteria about what to copy, among other settings.

One option that I did not find was the option to use the CPU. You can vary the Zip compression level, which can have the same effect if you use the container format. On the other hand, I have never seen me spend my system, so whatever percentage they use, it uses.

Iperius backs up to cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. But unlike other programs that allow you to access through a web browser by only allowing you to enter, I ask you to enter from outside the program and retrieve the token. You can read about success here, but this is another sticky wicket for less experienced users. I offer an online storage service that can be used with this program if your service is not supported.

PERFORMANCE

I did a number of tests with Iperius, including many file / image work with many purposes. For all file-related tasks, including downloading files from FTP and network locations, it is done quickly without, as I mentioned, slowing down my system. Perfect backup integrity.

I also offer console services for IT types that will track what is done with your backup. Some versions of the program (not licensed) support backup of SQL, virtual machines, Exchange, and others.

The free version is good for backing up files to local and local network destinations, but will not help as a service, do multiple backups at the same time, or make recovery media boot as paid versions do.

The only problem I have is with imaging: An image was created correctly, but it was not copied to my local external hard drive, which according to Iperius might be because the main purpose (external USB drive) was formatted for exFAT and not NTFS. Hopefully this is not a problem anymore. I am running a PC and Mac, and exFAT allows me to use drives on both platforms. If that’s not a problem for you, use NTFS, which is much faster to write small files.

WARNING

Some unusual features to note with Iperius. By default, the program will recreate the entire path of the folder or file that you backed up. This in some circumstances can cause errors by making file names that are too long. Disable options in the dialog to avoid this.

The program that I downloaded is not fully translated into English. My other languages are different, but there are still buttons in Italian in the log dialog, and possibly other locations. It’s easy to guess the same words, but it makes one wonder what else is being ignored.

In addition, the backup progress dialog is not capital and can be easily hidden behind the main window. To show it, access the system tray icon and select the option to show it.

CONCLUSION

Very impressed with Iperius Backup’s flexibility and performance. That could do a better job in defining and presenting the relationship between source and destination, but the fact that it is very flexible in this regard, and that it combines file backup and imaging using a non-exclusive container,

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