2016 Review of Affordable Continuous Data Protection
Instant Real Time Automatic Online Data Backup
Software for Everyone!
Never forget to backup
your files again!
How often do you lose important changes due
to a machine crash, network problems or
Active Backup is a unique
program that constantly
monitors your precious files for any changes and saves you time by
instantly making data backups
(to a separate central archive that you define).
Would you like the ability to restore to any previous
version of your files without wasting valuable
disk space? Easy! Active Backup
integrates with the windows Explorer to provide a
new "Undo from AJC Archive" option so you can view
saved versions, compare differences, and restore
the file to its original location or somewhere
The backup is done the
instant a file changes, whether thats by
overwriting it when you copy/paste files using
Windows Explorer, or whenever you hit Save (yes,
even if you're still in an editor program such as
Word, Notepad, Photoshop, Visual Studio, etc).
You choose what
files you want to be kept safe;
top-level folders to be monitored
file extensions you want to be backed up (a wizard
automatically finds and suggests files types for
you), e.g. Word documents *.docx, Excel *.xlsx, Text
files *.txt, Development Project source files such
as *.sln, *.csproj, *.cs, *.css, *.js, *.php,
*.html, *.ini, and so on as required.
solution for other programs that have poor "undo"
Provides tools to help
you track and find out what changes you have
made to documents.
Easy and clear install
and setup screens - AJC Active Backup can
be providing continous data protection for
your files in just 5 minutes!
Read on to learn
more about how Active Backup works....
AJC Active Backup can be downloaded and
used for a fully functional 30 day
trial period before purchase, and
is very reasonably priced (currently
in the region of $35 with bulk discounts
available too). Purchasing entitles you
to free bug fixes and minor version upgrades,
and support by email.
Download 30-day Trial of AJC Active Backup (virus checked ZIP archive 9.3Mb)
"Just try it, I am sure
that like me, you will wonder how you did
without it! - Besides essential instant
backing up of your important files, you
are provided with easy Version Control and
Document Management Software at a fraction
of the cost you would pay for other systems."
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Bulk discounts available
AJC Active Backup is an automatic archiving
program that provides continuous data protection
by being constantly online and instantly
backs up data files and documents in real-time
just seconds after you change (save or
copy/paste) them on
PC and keeps multiple versions to undo.
Multiple versions of each file are kept
in a compact archive giving unlimited undo
capabilities and protection from costly mistakes
or file corruption. This avoids reaching for
last night’s backup, if you actually
AJC Active Backup also brings version
the average computer user, or those who are
too busy to worry about doing backups!
AJC Active Backup is ideal for programmers,
journalists, documenters, in fact anyone who
regularly changes typical office related files
throughout the day, and require better control
of their files, and the peace of mind immediate
backing up provides.
your valuable files and documents are backed
up regularly is a vital necessity,
not just a "nice
to have" !
|Genuine Customer Testimonial:
"At first glance I wondered why
I would need such a piece of software.
already used AJC Dirsync, and when I was
asked by AJC Software if I would like
try Active Backup
I gave it a go.
After I started using
soon discovered its real potential. It
saved me with a project I was working
on in the
summer when we had thunder storms causing
power loss and my C: drive crashed right
at the end of the day after tons of changes
(and my scheduled AJC Sync backup had not
I think the method of saving
different versions of my files is really
neat - I can see version differences and
restore any file back to any point in
Our programming team uses Visual SourceSafe,
but like many programmers I don't "Check
In" my changes until a program change
is complete and tested. In this respect
it really helps keep track of intermediate
work - I regularly hit CTRL-S to save
the day, and have peace of mind knowing
that Active Backup just archived a new
Being able to add comments against
versions is useful too. I also work
two other software packages that have NO
UNDO feature atall!! How useless is
But now Active Backup saves my life every
Alison Moore, Lincolnshire, UK
In Dec 2004 I originally reviewed
AJC Active Backup and it is a piece of well designed software added
to the AJC arsenal of essential utilities that
I now use every day, even now in 2016, to automatically
backup files on my PC in real-time,
whilst also retaining
older versions of the same file in a compact
archive. Active Backup has evolved and
just gets better all the time.
"This is great for helping
me automatically store different versions
of my Word
I hit the Save button - without thinking
- and yet it uses very little extra space!"
This is revolutionary software!
only a couple of other programs available currently
that provide similar functionality, and I found
them to be considerably more expensive, or with
At my work office I now have AJC Active Backup
operating online silently during the day to constantly
protect my work on my local computer, and then
at the end of the day I also use AJC Sync to synchronize and backup my work
to another networked computer, or my laptop (although
Active Backup can archive to wherever you want
- you don't have to use AJC Sync too, its just
what I do).
I have also taken to using Active
Backup at home too. In practice I have found it
works very well even with large files (several MBytes),
and stores multiple file revisions with very little
increase in the size of the data backup archive
Take a look at some of the main features
of the program:-
Bulk discounts available
"Monitors online and instantly
backs up files you change on your PC and
keeps multiple versions to undo."
AJC Active Backup - Product
- Compatible with Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista
32 & 64-bit Win 7, 8, 10.
- Setup Wizard helps initial configuration
- fully automatic thereafter.
monitors and Instantly
backs up files as soon as you change
- You choose which directories and file
patterns to backup.
- Protects you from mistakes and software
bugs or file corruption by letting you
go back to the previous version of a file.
- Multiple versions of each file are kept
so you can undo to any previous
- Your backups are always up to
date, up to the second. No more
restoring to last night's or last week's
- You can add descriptions to particular
file revisions in a backup archive to
mark a specific important point in a file's
development or a safe point to restore
back to, e.g. "Updated copyright
section and proof read by JP".
- Comes complete with a built-in version
control system and viewing
- Built in file
so you can see what has changed between
- Operates silently online in the background
with very little extra load on your PC.
- Status bar indicator tells you what
the software is doing.
- Very compact archive size only storing
changes to files each time.
- Auto purge system prevents the archives
from growing too large.
AJC Active Backup sits quietly
in the System Tray of your PC, continuously
archiving files as you work on them:-
System Tray Icon
= Backup is Offline. No
files are being monitored for changes.
= Backup is Online and
monitoring files for changes. When a file
is changed that matches the patterns and
directories you entered, Online Data Backup
will become Active and the file will be processed.
= Backup is Active. This
means files have been selected for processing.
When the file is saved the program will
check for changes, and archive if necessary.
Each time you change a file and save it (even
if this is by way of copying or moving files using
Windows Explorer) the program will check to see
what has changed. Only if the contents have changed
since the last time it was archived will it prepare
a copy of the changes in a compact data backup
of the file.
This gives the following advantages:-
- If you make a mistake, you can easily go back
to any previous version of the file.
- If you forget what you have done to a file,
you can see a comparison with any previous version
of that file.
- You have a complete history of how that file
was altered over time.
- If a program you are using to edit a file,
somehow corrupts the file, you can easily restore
from the last saved version.
|Even if you have
a centralized version control system and
do regular backups, AJC Active Backup is
of great value because it backs up every
you save a file without you having to
think about it. Your archive is always
up to date whereas your
other backup methods could be hours or days out
You choose the location for the Archives (e.g.
to a different folder on the same disk, or better
a second hard disk in your PC,
or an external
drive, or even a USB Memory stick). The backup
archives are generally very
small because they are (optionally) compressed
and only the changes to each file are
stored each time a new revision is added.
automatic purge facility to
reclaim disk space by stopping the archives
from growing too large. Having this means that
once set up, every few days it will
automatically thin down the number of versions per
file to one version per day (for example you might
make 10's or 100's of saves to a document in a
day, which after a while don't really need to be
kept and really you're only interested in the net
effect of all your changes). Anyway, you define
the rules for the purge option, see below for more
AJC Active Backup is literally
a "no-brainer" ! Install,
set and forget. You might occasionally
add a new file type extension or folder to monitor.
You control exactly which folders and
file patterns it monitors online, so that excessive
archiving is prevented. The program allows
you to specify Include and Exclude
You should be specific about the directories
you want to monitor. These are directories where
work or important files are held. It is not a
good idea to monitor your whole drive or temporary
directories etc, e.g. don't just monitor C:\
For example you might only want to monitor for
changes to MS Word documents (*.doc) and Excel
spreadsheets (*.xls) in your My Documents folder,
and changes you are making to Web Pages (e.g.
*.html, *.asp, *.php, etc) in a Development folder.
The types of files I
usually monitor are as follows;
- *.txt - i.e. simple text files
- *.docx;*.dot;*.xlsx;*.ppt;*.rtf - i.e. most
MS Office documents
- *.htm;*.html;*.shtml;*.php;*.asp;*.css;*.cs;*.csproj;*.sln;*.dwt;*.lbi;*.cgi;*.js - i.e. Web
Development related files
AJC Active Backup is not really
designed for working with very large
or constantly active files like
databases (although in some tests I performed
I was using database and graphics files of between
30Mb and 50Mb perfectly ok) - the manual says
if you do it might possibly slow your system
this depends on the power of your PC. Download
the 30-day trial to be sure. If you do experience
slowness with large files
Max file size to archive which is the
maximum size, in KB, of files that you want
be archived. If you enter a value of zero then
there will be no limit.
Also, you choose whether
the program is to Compress archives
to reduce their size, and you can specify to exclude
compression of certain types of files which don't
compress well, e.g. *.zip
Besides the Automatic Purge options, there are
various other housekeeping Tools to manually purge
archives to reduce their size, and to delete old
online data backup Archives no longer required.
You may need to do this because you have changed
what directories and file patterns you are monitoring
and you want to remove archives that are no longer
relevant or to remove archives where the associated
files no longer exist.
Again, sensible options are provided to assist
with this. For instance to thin down the number
of revisions held you can specify;
Using Active Backup
When you install the program, a Setup
Wizard guides you through the initial
configuration. After that it is fully
online and automatically providing continuous
protection of your important files and data!
Once installed, the status icon Menu is accessed
by right-clicking on the status icon:-
There are choices
to go Online or Offline
and alter the Options,
which include the file patterns etc.
Archive Existing Files
checks that your archives are up to date.
You need to do this when you setup the options
initially, or change the options or are
offline for a long time.
Recent Files Archived
lets you see the list of files archived
recently so you can see what has been done
or undo the changes etc.
The last 10 files archived are listed here
for quick access. If you click on one of
them you can see its archive.
|| If you double-click on the
status icon the main Active Backup program
window will launch.
Here you can see a list of any files currently
being processed when the backup is online
Also in the main window you can see a list
of files recently archived. Double click on
these to see a full list of revisions for
the selected file.
You can then see what has changed and extract
a revision to undo changes etc.
|In the normal Windows file explorer you
will now have a new option if you right-click
on a file. This lets you access the associated
archive for the file so that you can see what
changes have been made and undo changes.
Notice also in this screen that there are
right-click options for AJC Diff,
which is the other FREE built-in program
used to view differences between
the archived file versions.
retrieve old versions of your files!
AJC Active Backup creates a compact Archive
of every file it is monitoring online that has
changed (e.g. as soon as you save a file). It
is very economical with disk space because it
stores only the changes each time a new revision
is added. For instance, on my PC this very page
you are reading is archived by Active Backup.
The original page is currently 58Kb (it started
out at 50Kb), and the corresponding archive file
is currently only 39Kb, 67% of the original and
that is after I have made 17 changes to
Another example is a Word document
I have that is currently 1,903Kb (it has quite
a lot of colour photographs interspersed with
the text). The archive file size is currently
2,058Kb or just 108% the size of the original,
and that is after 10 revisions have been applied.
Each file Archive holds different Versions
of all changes made to the file, thereby providing
an easy to use Version Control tool for you to
view the history of previous online backup versions.
You can do this using the FREE included AJC Revision
Archive Viewer software shown here:-
Screenshot from AJC Revision Archive Viewer
The ability to store different revisions will
be a boon in itself to software developers,
document producers, since the AJC Revision
Archive Viewer also uses the AJC
Visual Diff Tool to show differences
between any versions of the file.
Screenshot from AJC Diff V2 Tool
you buy AJC Active Backup you are getting 3
tools in one;
- Instant online automatic data backup file
monitoring using AJC Active Backup
- Version Control using AJC Revision Archive
- Binary or Text file comparison using AJC
To my mind, for the price (around $35, but check
the AJC site for current cost), thats a fantastic
(Note that AJC Software also provide discounts
on bulk license purchases).
Just try it, I am sure that
like me, you will wonder how you did
without it! You are essentially provided
with continuous data protection, version
control and document management software at
a fraction of the cost you would pay for
here to Download Demo of a FREE fully functional functional 30
day Trial (the
download is approx 2.8Mb, and you only need to
download once, because if you decide to purchase
after the trial you simply activate the full
product using your license key).