Scheduling automated backups is an important task for most computer users and administrators. There are many software tools designed to make the process easier and less time consuming. TA Programming's Data Safe 2015 is one of them.
Data Safe 2015 is a small, lightweight and straightforward system tray application that can help users perform automated or one-time backups and features an interesting tagging function.
The application's installation is easy, fast and unremarkable. After it is complete, users can navigate to the program's location and launch it from there.
Its main window is intuitive and functional, featuring four tabs which enable users to view, add and edit backup jobs. Configuring the program is easy as it provides tool-tips for most of the settings.
The main function of the application is to perform automated backups. Accessing the Auto-backup tab enables users to create and customize such tasks. From here, one can easily select which files or folders to backup, and a destination to back them up to. Users can also configure the application's cloning and update mode. Setting the update mode enables the users to allow the application to overwrite or keep older backups.
Real-time cloning enables the application to monitor designated folders and create backups when it detects that files within have changed.
By setting the cloning mode to tagging, users can instruct the program to perform backups to specific portable memory devices when it detects that such a device is plugged in.
Though the application's real-time backup function is convenient, users might also want to perform unscheduled backups.
This task can be easily accomplished by accessing the dedicated tab and specifying a source and a destination folder. The user then just has to press the start button and the application will backup the files and folders in question.
This is a very easy to use and configure application that can satisfy most home users, however it lacks certain features which would make it attractive for more advanced ones. For example, it does not feature the ability to exclude files or extensions from the backup process, nor the ability to actually schedule backup tasks for certain dates and times.