File Protection: Superior protection with file level backups

Protect your files, folders and applications with a fast data replication technology that doesn’t compromise on advanced features.

VSS-aware: Back up applications including SQL, Hyper–V, Exchange and SharePoint while they’re running.
Single–instance store: Back up only those files and folders that have changed since the last full backup, but restore any data from each and every file–level backup.
Extensive hardware support: Utilize built–in media rotation schemes and create backup schedules to match your choice of media.
On-Demand Analytics allow you to prepare and analyze a backup device to ensure compatibility.
Cloud destination support: Back up files and folders to offsite locations using the Cloud Backup add-on.
Secure encryption: Encrypt your files, folders and applications using BitLocker drive encryption.
Retain data properties: Keep your file–level backups in their original format including file attributes and NTFS access control lists.
Up to 40% faster backup speeds than in previous versions of BackupAssist.

User–friendly interface

Back up your files, folders and applications quickly and easily with the help of our backup wizard.  You’ll be stepped through what to backup, when to backup and where to store the data.  Plus, you’ll receive helpful notifications whenever they’re needed. 

Our file-level backups are compatible with a wide range of hardware destinations, including external disks, RDX drives, local directories, NAS devices and iSCSI targets.

In BackupAssist v9, you can also utilize our On-Demand Analytics feature to make sure your chosen hardware destination is compatible the backup type you’re about to run.  This feature can also run destination specific processes such as verifying you have the required access to a NAS device, mounting a Data container and unlocking a BitLocker encrypted media.

This means you’ll be able to diagnose and correct any potential device issues before the backup job runs, saving time and making life easier.

Each backup schedule is tailored to the destination of your choice and used to manage both daily and archival backups.  Plus, if you don’t find a schedule that fits your specific needs you can customize your own!

Stay up-to-date on your file-level backups by enabling detailed email reports for backups and restores.  You can also establish a managed recipient list to have any need-to-know team members informed of backup and restore results.

Flexible file-level backup

You can back up files and folders in two advanced operating modes: Mirror Mode, and Backup with History (BWH) Mode. This offers the flexibility you need to best protect your data.

Mirror Mode: Create an exact replica of your files and folders.  The data will be written over each time so you have a complete and consistent backup without dependencies.

BWH Mode: Create an entirely new set of backup data in its own uniquely named folder each time a backup job runs.  Backups created using this mode can be used to maintain many restore points over a long period of time.

Fast, effective restores

Restoring file backups is quick and simple with the help of BackupAssist. Using our Restore Console you can search for multiple file-level backups at once, or browse through single backups all in the same user-friendly interface.

Use File Protection to:

  • Restore files and folders
  • Restore VSS applications such as Exchange (including individual mail items*)
  • Restore Hyper-V guests
*Restoration of individual mail items (emails, contacts, calendar items, etc) is possible using the Exchange Granular add-on
*Restoration of data from inside Hyper-V guests is possible using the Hyper-V Advanced add-on.

Combined backup technologies

Protect your files, folders and applications with both incremental and full backups.  Using File Protection, once you create the initial full backup of your data, each subsequent backup will only back up data that has changed. 

This makes for a much faster backup job and saves you storage space.

However, all backups can be used to restore all data.  How?  Unchanged data is restored by creating markers in each incremental backup that will point to that data in your last full backup.

What’s more, File Protection backups in BackupAssist v9 are now up to 40% faster than they were in all previous versions. 

Cloud backup

File Protection can be used to create file-level backups across the internet, stored on a public or private cloud server.

Using our Cloud Backup add-on, you can set up a public or private cloud storage provider as the destination for your file backups. It’s extremely easy to set up, taking literally seconds.

This add-on offers:

  • Public Cloud Backup, such as Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Private Cloud Backup
  • Secure 265-bit AES Encryption
  • Deduplication and Data Compression

Secure files and folders

Protect your organization’s data with encryption.  Whether your files and folders are stored onsite or in the Cloud, BackupAssist’s encryption feature offers the peace of mind that your data is secure from unauthorized access at all times. 

The added security of encryption is especially important for portable and removable backup media and data that is stored offsite.


  • Licensing
    Archiving to tape drive
    Requires Tape Archiving add-on
    Archiving to other hardware

    Included in BackupAssist license
  • Supported Microsoft Operation Systems*
    Windows Server 2016
    Windows Server 2012/R2;
    Windows Server 2008/R2;
    Windows SBS (2011, 2008);
    Windows 8 (Professional & Ultimate) and 8.1(Professional & Enterprise);
    Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate);
    Windows 10
  • *Windows Server 2012 & 2008R2 support is for the full family of operating systems including Server Core and Hyper-V server.
  • Method
    File backup based on the ZIP64 standard (fully compliant). Data can be restored using BackupAssist or common ZIP programs.
  • Supported VSS Applications^
    Exchange Server (2016, 2013, 2010, 2007);
    SQL Server (2014, 2012, 2008, 2005);
    Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012R1/R2 and Windows Server 2008R1/R2, including Server Core and Hyper-V Server;
    SharePoint (2010)
  • ^ All Microsoft VSS aware applications are supported.
  • Supported Destinations
    External Disk
    RDX Drive
    Local Hard Drive
    Optical Disk
    Flash Drive
    Network Location (NAS)
  • Resources
  • File Protection Userguide

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Here's what they have to say.

  • BackupAssist was, by far, the easiest and most reliable backup solution I have used in many years.I have been in the Information Technology field since 1987 and have seen many software vendors come and go. If BackupAssist keeps their products as good as this one then I suspect they will be in the market for the long haul. Thanks, BackupAssist!

    John Binford, Information Technology Director, Texas

  • After first several weeks of testing your software, I can say that being in this business since late 80's, I never run into backup tool giving so many options, way above average performance and at the same time staying wonderfully transparent and user friendly! It has been all pleasure working with BackupAssist.

    Stan, Government of Ontario, Canada

  • It's a simple, effective, up to date and powerful backup tool... its user friendly interface and ease of use are its greatest strengths... Great Backup-tool, excellent and quick response from your Company!

    Peter, Mapivalues NL, The Netherlands

  • Simple. Works. Easy to install and use. Thanks for making a product that makes my job EASIER!!!

    Cynthia Calvin, Benchmark Ventures, USA

  • All our clients want is a simple backup strategy that's secure, easy to follow and implement, and BackupAssist provides just that. It's an excellent product, and I do like the emailed logs as it allows me to remotely check progress.

    John Dance, Managing director, Rebooted Pty Ltd, Australia

  • The greatest strength is without doubt the easiness of implementing a working backup schedule. Combined with the email capability it provides everything I need for our business' backups at a very competitive price level!

    Johan Sandqvist, AB Gyllenhammar & Sahlin, Sweden

  • Have used [competitors' products] - too expensive, complicated architecture for majority of servers we use. Advantages of BackupAssist are simplicity. Cost. Ease of use. Easiest I have used so far - [competitors' products] etc. Complete novice could use this software. Full marks for ease of use / clear explanations.

    Kieran Murphy, Powerscreen International Ltd, N. Ireland

  • It's very easy to use. Other solutions were too expensive with almost same capabilities.

    Gerardo Arlotto, Jefe de Sistemas Compania Uruguaya de Cemento Portland, Uruguay

  • We needed a low-cost backup solution for one of our servers... BackupAssist has an advantage over expensive software solutions because it's simple, cost-effective and gets the job done without creating a complicated mess like some of the expensive packages do.

    Jim Ficarra, Cross Current Corporation, USA

  • BackupAssist's greatest strength is its automation. We needed a solution where the person at the remote site has NO admin rights, just needs to change the tape - nothing else!

    Aaron, Direct Wines, UK

  • Found it to be the most cost effective solution to backing up our two Windows servers.

    Bruce Segal, Decarie Motors, Canada

  • We tried lots of software. Among those evaluated were [major competitors' products]. All of the packages except yours operated inconsistently (or not at all), several would not read backup tapes it created an verified, some could not access hardware or access was inconsistent, some caused system lockups or blue screen crashes... all of the above packages ranged in price from $900 USD to > $3,000 USD.

    Mr. Charles D. Amata Jr., CPTechnologies Inc., USA

  • We needed to backup Exchange and SQL Server but didn't want to spend a fortune.

    Gary Baldwin, Davison C E High School, UK

  • I purchased BackupAssist because I was tired of pulling my hair out with [a competitor's] over priced and overly complex software. BackupAssist was the third or fourth demo I downloaded via Google. Ease of use. BackupAssist provided me with all the features I needed with a very easy to use setup/configuration interface. Good job with BackupAssist. Other backup software companies should take follow your lead.

    Jeff Lowe, Network Administrator, Indigenous Gaming Regulators Inc., Canada

  • Another Computer consultant evaluated, purchased and recommended this software. Since then, we are so impressed, that as far as I'm concerned any of our new servers will have a license of BackupAssist to make the media management simple.

    Scott Young, Network Integration Solutions Inc., Canada

  • Thank you for your product; I am very pleased with my decision to purchase this software. Coming from a non-profit background, it was very affordable compared to other products on the market.

    Tricia Sanchez, Westshore Dispute Resolution Center, USA

  • Really great performance. I highly recommend BackupAssist based on my experiences to date, and I know one consultant who has already purchased the software for a Windows server with a Synology DS1815+ NAS unit. I use one myself, with an iSCSI interface connection that makes a large NAS partition appear to be mounted as a local hard drive. BackupAssist finds it easy to locate and use. The price reduction compared to SAN storage is amazing.

    Frank Fallon, Dharma Communications, USA