Genie Backup Manager is a solid product. With the addition of disaster recovery and a little more attention to visual detail, it would have achieved better scores.

But we like the blend of power and ease of use, as well as the Swift Restore feature that creates a self-executing restore file. It's a great way to transfer files to other computers.

Backup Manager offers two interface modes: normal and simple. It includes a variety of Agents that let you back up common settings and data for programs and Microsoft's Exchange and SQL servers.

While most of its rivals employ proprietary compression schemes, Genie saves its backups as standard zip files. The zip format is nearly universal and facilitates Swift Restore functionality. When not using compression, it creates native file backups that can be accessed without the program. Although native backups are less secure, they're useful because you can restore using Windows Explorer.

Uniquely, Backup Manager lets you encrypt native backups, but you'll need the program to restore them.

It doesn't have every feature built-in as standard though. It'll back up open files only if you buy and install the optional File Access Manager. While this add-on worked quite well, it's a shame that it isn't included as standard. Many of its rivals include this functionality at no extra cost.

Genie Backup Manager Pro performed without a hitch and it supports a multitude of media formats – even Blu-ray Disc.

Genie Backup Manager Professional 7.0: Specs

  • Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon XP processor
  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP
  • 64MB RAM
  • 8MB hard disk space
  • Internet Explorer 4.0
  • Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon XP processor
  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP
  • 64MB RAM
  • 8MB hard disk space
  • Internet Explorer 4.0

OUR VERDICT

Without purchasing an upgrade, Genie Backup Manager lacks one or two useful features boasted by the competition. Despite that, it still has plenty of functionality. And, more to the point, it finds a good balance between power and ease of use.

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