CloudBerry Backup is uniquely versatile backup program that covers just about any mixed storage scenario. Have some data on OneDrive that you want to back up to Google Drive? CloudBerry can do that. Want to back up the data from your Documents folder to BackBlaze and your home NAS box? Easy-peasy. From your PC to an external hard drive as well as Google drive? No big deal. CloudBerry’s scope is truly dizzying.

Alas, the language, concepts, and sheer number of options can be dizzying for non-IT types, and you’ll need to spend at least $120 to acquire disaster recovery features. The good news? There’s a free version that takes care of the cloud and local backup basics.

Features

As you might guess from the name, CloudBerry Backup’s best trick is interfacing among online backup and storage services. It will connect a plethora of them with read/write access and as I mentioned, copy data from one to the other. As I write this, I’m backing up my phone data stored on OneDrive to Google Drive.

The list of supported services is impressive. Just some of the biggies are Amazon S3 and Glacier, Microsoft One Drive and Azure, Google Drive, BackBlaze, etc. But there are a whole lot more, as shown in the screen capture below.

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Nearly all the major backup services are supported by Cloudberry Backup.

As many services are supported, I was a perplexed to find the popular Dropbox missing from the list. CloudBerry said it was looking into supporting the service. Apple’s iCloud is not supported, because the folks in Cupertino don’t allow third parties to access the service. 

Not just about online

While the one-job (“plan,” in CloudBerry-speak), service-to-service backup is CloudBerry’s raison d’etre, it can also back up from your local computer to an online storage service, and from your PC to local destinations such as USB hard drives, NAS boxes, and other PCs on your network. It even supports FTP, which means you can set up your own remote backups. The pricier versions also support imaging (backing up entire drives or partitions) and restoring to different hardware.

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Cloudberry’s advanced and copious filter options (determining which files will be backed up and which won’t) are just the tip of the configuration iceberg. The program sports just about every option there is for backup.

CloudBerry Backup is also supreme configurable, as you can see from the dialog shown above. There’s scheduling, retention settings, inclusion/exclusion filtering of files, file versioning (or not), and a whole lot more. For experienced users, it’s great. For the user who just wants to click a button and have their stuff well and truly backed up, not so much. To be fair, if you simply ignore all the options and click-through, you should be fine.

Note that CloudBerry Backup does not sync/mirror as such; however, there is an option to delete files from the destination that have been deleted from the source, which is similar. Even better, you can define how long before the delete occurs, as a safety net. Yup, like I just said, options are a good thing!





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