CloudBerry Backup Free – Backs Up Windows Files to the Cloud

CloudBerry Lab is a cross-platform cloud backup software vendor that offers a wide variety of products to back up your data to the cloud storage of your choice. One of these products is designed for Windows Desktop that comes with two versions, Freeware and Pro versions. We will just focus on the Freeware version in this post.

CloudBerry Cloud

Download & Installation

Head over to CloudBerry Backup Windows Desktop edition web page, click the Download button. You will then need to provide your email address on the download page to start downloading the tool.

Once downloaded, double-click the executable file you just downloaded and follow through the wizard to install the tool. It’s pretty straightforward to follow. The tool automatically launches once the installation is completed.

If this is the first time you launch the tool, you may be prompted with an activation screen asking for an Activation code to start using the Freeware. If you don’t have one yet, simply click on the “I do not have activation code” link, which will get you in the tool.

Start Freeware - activation

Backup Options

CloudBerry Cloud Free only lets you back up files or folders on your computer but it offers three backup options for you to choose, all pretty self-explanatory.

  • Local to Cloud
  • Cloud to Cloud
  • Cloud to Local

Each option has a wizard designed to create a corresponding backup plan.

Create Backup Plan Wizard

Going through the wizard leads to…

Supported Cloud Services

CloudBerry supports a wide range of cloud storage services, i.e. Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Azure, Google Cloud, OpenStack, Google Drive, OneDrive, and much much more, see the following screenshot as one of the steps in the Create Backup Plan wizard.

Select Cloud Storage

Backup Plans

You can create backup jobs and schedule it to run at the certain time or just run it in real-time if you need to perform a quick backup out of the backup window. The Backup Plans tab lists all scheduled backup jobs. There are three pre-defined backup plans for your Internet Bookmarks, Pictures, and Documents. You can edit the job, delete the job if needed, or perform Restore job, view what’s in the backup storage right from there.

CloudBerry Backup - Freeware - Backup Plans

Perform Restore Job

Now let’s turn to the other side of the recovery equation, performing a restore job. There are basically two ways to start a restore job. If the data you are about to restore is already backed up, you can start it off from the Backup Job under Backup Plans tab. Or, you can just go to Restore Plans and start creating a new one. Again, it’s going to be another wizard prepared for you to go through.

What’s included in CloudBerry Desktop Free

CloudBerry Desktop Free runs on Windows desktop system, from Windows 7 and above. You can use it to back your data from your local computer or one network share to any cloud storage of your choice, up to 200GB.

Upgrading to Pro version for $29.99 increase the storage limit to 1TB with the support for encryption and compression.

If you are looking for a Server backup solution as well, CloudBerry offers a version that works for Windows Server 2003 and above for $119.99 per server that bumps up the storage limit to 1TB and 5 network shares as well.

Here is a complete comparison page for all the versions CloudBerry offers.

Verdict

Overall, I liked the basic features included in the Freeware version. If you are looking for a cloud backup solution for your own data less than 200GB, CloudBerry is all you need with a broad support for public cloud storage services. Whatever the cloud service you choose to use for your data CloudBerry can work with it.

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