Everybody needs some form of backup, and relying on Windows’ own tools isn’t always the best option. Third-party backup software is a dime a dozen, and O&O already offers a comprehensive tool in the form of its O&O AutoBackup software for those who want a set-it-and-forget-it solution.

O&O FileBackup differs from this comprehensive solution in just a couple of ways: one, it’s portable, no installation required (just make sure you don’t lose the configuration file created on startup, which resides in the same directory by default). And two, you don’t need to link it to a specific external device for triggering backups; instead, you can backup on demand to any visible location or create schedules.

After downloading, launch the app, select your target backup folder – either choose a drive from the list or browse for a specific folder or network location (you may need to map this as a drive letter first). Next, click Backup followed by + to select your first folder or to instruct the program to automatically scan specific user folders for document files and/or media files (click Settings > Filter to see what files are included, plus add your own). You can also include all files and select your own folders to add to the list too.

You’ll then see a list of folders and their contents, updated as they’re scanned, with options for tweaking each folder selection. Click Next, review your choices and then click 'Start backup'. Files are then transferred as exact copies (with original folder paths retained).

Once complete, you’re returned to the main menu. You might think that’s it, but now you can update your backup manually, restore data easily and also create a schedule (via Settings > Scheduling tab) to update your backup in the background at regular intervals.

There’s nothing truly earth-shattering with O&O FileBackup, but it does its job well and its tiny footprint (just 4MB) is equally impressive. It’s fast, responsive and reasonably simple to use, plus its portable nature means you can use it anywhere. Well worth a test drive.


A solid, simple(ish)-to-use backup tool that covers most file-based needs, and takes up next to no room on your hard drive.