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Nero BackItUp & Burn - Nero BackItUp & Burn

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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We'll deal with the 'Burn' part of Nero's package first, since it requires less explanation than 'BackItUp'. On activating Nero Express, you're greeted by a very simple and clean interface. It's a world away from the rather complex Nero's of old and while a little of the functionality has been sacrificed for ease-of-use, all the important stuff is still here - just more accessible than ever.

Down the left divide you'll find four icons comprising Data, Music, Videos/Pictures or Image/Project/Copy. Data can be burned to CD, DVD or Blu-ray, Music creates a playable CD and Video a playable DVD. Image/Project/Copy, meanwhile, lets you do a straight copy of a CD or DVD (provided it isn't copy-protected), or burn a disc image or saved project.

It all works as expected and though sometimes the more advanced options aren't intuitively laid out, it's nothing that using the program once or twice won't get you used to.

Despite being incredibly easy to use, Nero's RescueAgent is scary in its effectiveness. First you're given the option to select the location you wish to scan, after which you can choose between a Fast or Deep Scan.

Running a Fast Scan on a much-used 2GB memory stick produced a whopping 8.9GB of recoverable data. Out of these we tried 30 to 40 files, 99 per cent of which were recovered effectively. This is an impressive return, making this a useful for tool for recovering those accidentially deleted photos and other files.

A proper full Windows disk format stumped it though, so this is not a tool for industrial-espionage types. Unfortunately we couldn't test Nero's ability to retrieve data from corrupted or damaged media, since we simply didn't have any.

While the 'Burn' and 'recovery' aspects are fairly straightforward, the BackItUp segment is far more complex. You'll definitely want to give the manual a read, as there's a variety of options and functions which are not always transparent.

From the 'Home Page', which is accessible through an icon at all times, you can choose to Backup, Restore or Sync any file, folder or drive either manually or automatically, once or on a schedule. After making a backup, Nero can verify it to check for any corrupted or missing files. Activities are divided into Backups and Jobs, which can be saved, deleted, cancelled and resumed.

Overall BackItUp's interface is fairly intuitive, with four tabs along the top (Backup, Restore, Sync and Tools) making navigation simple. As already mentioned though, some of the options could have been a bit better-explained. When starting a synchronisation job, for example, you're asked to choose between Mirror, Copy, Update, Enhance or Add types, which unlike many of the more straightforward options in Nero aren't explained by tool-tip help and can be a bit confusing.

It might also take some people a bit of reading to find out what exactly the difference is between syncing and backing-up, since the two functions overlap in many ways. Happily, the included help-files do explain everything quite well, with the additional aid of diagrams.


June 11, 2009, 6:44 am

The backup software looks good but I'm not paying £30 for a bundle of stuff I'm not going to use. Make is availible on it's own for a tenner and then I'd give it some consideration.

Also, my experience with Nero Express is that it's suitible for occasional use but if you need to use it often the wizard interface will drive you crazy - Nero Burning ROM in the Nero 9 package is likely to be much nicer.

The review makes it sound like BackItUp is included in the Nero 9 package but it's not listed on the website so could you clarify? If it is included then spending £10 more on Nero 9 package (It's availible for £40 in several places) to get Nero burning ROM as well as all of the other disc tools seems well worth it. It also includes audio, video and picture editing tools but I don't know what their quality is like.


June 11, 2009, 9:57 am

I guess, as you point out Ardjuna, most savvy folks will opt for freeware equivalents. Those not sure sure will probably buy this. But, like many commercial outfits, Nero have a bad habit of creating bloatware in product revisions - as a 'crusade' of price justification..


June 11, 2009, 1:12 pm

I don't see the point of this. It's just a stripped down version of the real product and I think they've got a nerve to ask for £30. Nero 8 is available from the likes of play.com for £25 and that's a fully featured package!

Andy Vandervell

June 11, 2009, 2:04 pm

In fairness to Nero, though, this is kind of meant to be the exact opposite of its larger suite, so it's significantly less bloated than that.


June 11, 2009, 4:03 pm

The main problem with software suites like this is you end up with one thing you tend to use and 10 tonne of stuff you dont.

I always think its best to just get the piece of software that does the job you want it to do. As Chocoa said there are plenty of cheaper/freeware alternatives out there for those in the know.

IMO Nero is bloatware in a box.


June 11, 2009, 6:15 pm

@basicasic: To be fair, there are a grand total of 4 pieces of distinct software in the BackItUp suite, compared with 21 in the full Nero 9 package. I wouldn't call that bloatware at all, but if you want to level that accusation at the full suite then you wouldn't be the first ;).

Also, I think Xiphias may be right. It looks like Ahead have removed BackItUp from the full Nero suite with version 9. At least, if they haven't, it's an error on their website. Maybe they've greatly expanded BackItUp's functionality with the intention of selling it as a separate product, but if that's the case they should really have called it something else...


June 12, 2009, 4:49 am

I may have mislead some here. I am not saying this reviewed package is bloat-ware. But that over time, just as the 'definitive' Nero package has done, they get burdened with addons. - Most are of dubious real value. More about justifying a revision and usually an increased asking price to boot. I think many packages like the reviewed pander to the fearful rather than the needy. - But hey, that's marketing!


June 15, 2009, 6:12 pm


Good point. To clarify, though Nero has run occasional promotions where you get BackItUp free with Nero 9, it isn't currently included in the company's suite. Sorry about any confusion.


To be honest I think the packages Nero bundles under the BackItUp name work well together, with the only part that might be superfluous to most users being BurnRights.

Mark Berger

June 10, 2016, 11:22 am

nice review

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