LazySave backs up files whenever your PC goes into screensaver mode. Thus, once up and running, LazySave is easy to use.

LazySave is the ultimate in set and forget, but requires a modicum of computing know-how to set up. You won't see it on your desktop, or as an installed program. To edit it, you have to navigate to your screensaver settings, and select LazySave, Settings.  

To install: you download an scr file, navigate to C:\Windows\system32, and drop it there. Then head into Screensaver settings, and 'LazySave' is one of your options. Make it your screensaver and you're away.

Update: the developer of LazySave has given the app its own installer application, which works well.

From the Configuration interface, you can set up backup regimen by selecting source- and destination-folders. LazySave can copy files from multiple sources to destinations across your system. Options include the ability to log activity and errors, and to change the order in which LazySave runs backups.

LazySave works well: with the odd caveat. It’s awful looking for a start but, given that you look at it only  when your PC is screensaver mode, this is unlikely to be of great concern. And so unobtrusive is LazySave and so often will you interrupt its backup process that, without checking, you never really know how much has been backed up. But no matter, in our tests on a regularly used office system our target folders were perfectly backed up - 20GB of them - every day.

LazySave can filter the file types it copies, but it can't compress archives. It can create a new backup folder for each day, and delete backup folders when they get old.

Backup options let you choose to backup files only if they have changed, and you can automatically delete your backups after a period of days, at your discretion.

LazySave isn't compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 - it works, but you have to hit ALT, CTRL, DEL to break out of screensaver mode.

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LazySave: Specs

  • Windows 2000/NT/XP/Vista/7 (32-bit)
  • 1MB free disk space
  • Windows 2000/NT/XP/Vista/7 (32-bit)
  • 1MB free disk space


What it lacks in polish LazySave makes up in ingenuity. It undertakes a crucial task in an unobtrusive way, and will be a useful addition to any backup-phobic PC user's arsenal, although it's not without flaws.

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