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Nero BackItUp & Burn - Nero BackItUp & Burn

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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While it had no problem recognising external USB drives, Nero's software failed to identify a hard drive hooked up through eSATA as external, claiming it unsuitable for backup purposes because it "cannot be unconnected". Aside from this, the only major complaint is BackItUp's progress bars and timers, which can be very inaccurate when dealing with large volumes.

To be honest though, these are relatively minor niggles in what is overall a comprehensive package. Backups can be scheduled by time and date, when your PC is idle, when it boots up or when you log on. You can also set the software to shut your machine down again once it's done.

Various types of backup include Full (self-explanatory), Differential (saves only files changed since the first backup), Incremental (saves only files changed since the last backup) and Update, where the previous data is simply overwritten with the new data.

After an initial Full backup has been completed, many users will only need the other three. For most the Update option will be the best choice from there on, since it will backup your files in their latest state while using up the least space. Obviously, though, this technique won't allow for older backups to be recalled.

Once backed-up, data can be compressed, encrypted and password secured, meaning it will take up less space than the original files and only be readable to whoever has the password.

The syncing process is one of the simplest around, too. You are presented with left and right 'folders', each of which you can point to a folder or an entire drive. Then you can choose to mirror, copy, update, enhance or add files, as well as set parameters to handle file conflicts, such as keeping the right or left file or asking what to do in each individual instance. In our tests, syncing actually took less time than a simple Windows Vista 'copy', which is a good advert for the speed and efficiency of Nero's effort.

Other functionality of BackItUp, found under the Tools tab, includes creating an ImageTool disc (basically a recovery disc for if your PC won't boot from its hard drive anymore) and optical disc erasure, a doubled function it shares with the Burn part of the package.

At £30 for the download version of Nero BackItUp & Burn, this package is affordable, generally easy to use and still flexible enough to satisfy most consumers - if you don't need the extra features Nero 9 Suite offers. BackItUp and RecueAgent alone are worth the price of admission.

However, one area which is not at all good value is the subscription-based online storage, of which you get a three-month trial that gives you a measly 1GB of online backup. Not only do any of a range of free online storage suppliers offer far more space than this, but the yearly £29.99 you're expected to pay for 5GB (or £80 for 25GB) once the trial runs out is simply not worth the integration with Nero's software - especially since other specialised online backup services give you unlimited space for only around £40p/a.


Overall, Nero BackItUp & Burn is worth its £30 asking price. Though a lot of the functionality it offers can be found in various freeware programs, the package's integration and largely intuitive interface elevate Nero's solution to a step above. If you want to backup, synchronise, recover and burn data, it's definitely worth checking out.


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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