really surprising that people ignore backing up their
data, even though its importance keeps getting
stressed by all and too often. Normally, people start
backing up their data, only after they have lost it at
least once. I, myself, belong to this unfortunate
category. Once I lost my valuable files (which
included my java code files), I painfully realized the
importance of data backup. Then I started looking for
a suitable backup tool. I tried a few freeware and trialware programs for this purpose, but somehow, none
satisfied my needs. Finally, I decided to write my own
program and this backup utility is the result of that
effort. This backup utility is a bit different. It
does what many of the other programs do not. To see what people have been
saying regarding this program, please visit
AKGBackup™ is a free backup program written entirely in
Java. As a result, it has the advantage that it should
run on any platform as Java is a language having cross
platform portability as one of its strong points. It
is an utility for backing up your files on a different
hard disk drive, network drives, floppies, different partition of the
same disk drive or any media your operating system can
write to. You can download this backup utility for free (link
at the bottom of this page).
AKGBackup™ also, very successfully, explodes the myth that Java programs run slower than
the programs written in other languages.
Here are the screen-shots of
this program (The looks may vary depending on the Operating
This backup utility can
compress data while backing up if you choose so. It compresses individual files
separately. This feature is a precautionary measure.
Compressed archives do get corrupted and if there is
a single archive for all your files (most of the
backup programs create a single archive for your
files and folders), you may lose all your files
in one go if something goes wrong. Remember Murphy's
Law? Still not convinced? Read
here what one of the
users of AKGBackup said about this feature.
The compression feature of
this program can be used as a simple but effective encryption tool
for backed up files.
can choose to mirror any deletions in your
data source. If you delete any files in the original
location, those files will also be deleted in the
backup. In other words, you will have a mirror image
like backup all the time. You can also choose not to
have such a backup in which case even if a file is
deleted in the source folder, it will remain in the
destination folder (where you have chosen to backup
your files) waiting to be restored if and when you
also possible to specify the total number of
backups of the same data. This feature is
particularly useful when some rewritable medium,
such as a hard disk or a tape, is used as backup
medium. For example, if you choose to have seven
number of backups, then you will have seven most
recent sets of data.
you create a backup using this utility, subsequent
backups are very fast. This program looks for any
new or modified files and backs them up saving a
lot of time ensuring that you have a most current
backup all the time.
It can backup only data
files and not system partition or system files. In other
words, you should not expect to backup the whole C: (system partition)
drive, and then restore the partition after something goes wrong with
your operating system or after formatting your system partition.
this program, you will need to have Java Runtime
Environment (JRE version 1.3.1 or later)
installed on your system. If you do not have JRE
installed, you may download it for free from Sun
Microsystems' site. Though, this download may seem to
be a bit hefty, once it is
downloaded you can run plenty of free Java
Applications available on the net. It is more or less
like downloading DirectX or Visual Basic Runtime
which then enable you to run many other programs on
for downloading JRE is
You can follow this link too
AKGBackup FAQ to find out answers to
frequently asked questions about AKGBackup and also to use the
program effectively and correctly.
What is New?
Earlier, in case of more
than one backups for the same folder, a new backup was created on each
run which took same amount of time for every backup. Now, after the
specified number of backups have been created, AKGBackup will simply
update the old backups, greatly reducing the time taken for subsequent
Slight modifications in the
Help section is updated.
"Frequently asked questions"
page included in the program download.