Changes In Version 5.1.227 (10/1/07)
Windows Vista compatibility.
Changes In Version 5.1.184 (1/2/06)
Add ability to synchronize folders in addition to making a regular
Changes In Version 5.1.173 (11/28/05)
Allow a backup to be restarted later after stopping it at
a prompt for a new backup disc. This allows very large backups
to be made much more easily.
Changes In Version 5.1.167 (11/10/05)
Ask for new disc instead of stopping backup if backup destination drive
is not ready within 60 seconds of when user tells software they have
inserted a disc in that drive.
Do not attempt backup of a drive where software cannot get a listing of
the contents of the root folder on that drive.
Improved diagnostics of disc write problems.
Changes In Version 5.1.145 (5/6/05)
Complete support for folder and file names longer than 64 characters.
Changes In Version 5.1.141 (4/23/05)
Allow include/exclude wildcards that apply to entire folder trees,
with overrides in subtrees.
Show files in selected folder when choosing folders to back up.
Changes In Version 5.1.138 (4/11/05)
Create a set of standard backup plans when the software is installed,
instead of requiring you to execute the Wizard to create them.
When starting a backup, added the ability to create new backup plan in
addition to using an existing plan. Previously new backup plans could
only be created in the "Manage Backup Plans" area.
Move backup progress display from separate window onto main window,
which allows all windows in the program to be minimized while a backup
Changes In Version 5.1.127 (3/19/05)
An entirely new disc writing engine, with better support for different
kinds of DVD writers.
Changes In Version 5.1.82 (10/12/04)
Extend trial period from 30 to 90 days.
Changes In Version 5.1.79 (10/2/04)
Add to "Select Folders and Files" window the ability to search your hard
drive(s) for "traffic signals" and expand the folder tree to show them all.
Add to Backup Plan Wizard the ability to search for folders by last modification
date of files. Also, after Wizard has created a backup plan open it immediately
in the "Select Folders and Files" window so user can see and modify what it did.
Changes In Version 5.1.73 (9/12/04)
Several enhancements to the Backup Plan Wizard and the folder selection
Changes In Version 5.1.66 (6/30/04)
Simplified the process of creating the first backup, by consolidating
several prompts. Also clarified several explanations in the software.
Changes In Version 5.1.65 (5/30/04)
Remove restriction on adding additional backups to backup disc if
prior backup(s) on disc had unusually long folder names.
Remove restriction on backing up files with ".." in the name.
Fix bug in backing up entries "Favorites" folder with names longer
than 64 characters.
Bring software into comformance with rules for Microsoft "Joliet"
file system on CD/DVD media regarding legal file and folder names.
Previous versions of the backup software allowed names which violated
the Joliet specification, and occasionally resulted in runtime errors.
Changes In Version 5.1.50 (12/23/03)
Fix bug which caused CD-RW drive compatibility test to falsely report
the software was incompatible with many CD-RW drives.
Changes In Version 5.1.49 (12/17/03)
Allow individual file selection for a folder without requiring any other
instruction for the folder (i.e. "red light" or "green light" icon
in folder list).
Changes In Version 5.1.48 (11/30/03)
Replace the old window for selecting individual files to back up
with a completely new one which is much easier to use.
The new window displays lists of files
and file types and lets you click on what to include and exclude in
each folder, instead of requiring you to type file names and wildcards.
Add an Explorer style "pick folder" dialog for adding backup destinations,
instead of asking the user to type in the path.
Changes In Version 5.1.45 (11/20/03)
Fix unattended backups using command line options to allow backups to
Remove incorrect diagnostic error message.
Changes In Version 5.1.44 (11/16/03)
Minor fix to setup program, affecting people with some old versions of the
backup software if they don't uninstall the old software first.
Changes In Version 5.1.40 (11/11/03)
Initial release of version 5.1.
The major enhancement in this version is the addition of built-in disc
burning capability. Older versions of the software used the packet writing
software present on your computer, which sometimes caused compatibility
Support for the various DVD formats such as
DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R and DVD+R.
Addition of a "Check Backup" option to verify any backup at any time.
Changes In Version 5.0.141 (7/20/03)
Removed "nag wait" in trial version of software.
Changed some wording in the user interface to make features easier to understand.
Made the software compatible with the date and time formatting conventions
of all languages with which I have tested it: English, Spanish, German, French,
Russian, Polish, Portuguese and Italian. In addition, the software has been
tested with various non-English language character sets. The software is
NOT compatible with asian languages requiring very large character sets,
such as Chinese and Japanese.
Changes In Version 5.0.140 (7/13/03)
Improved date handling in some non-English language versions of Windows.
Changes In Version 5.0.128 (5/10/03)
Added Backup Plan Wizard. This makes it easier for new users to create
Changes In Version 5.0.126 (5/4/03)
Fixed bug in "days since last modification" file filtering that affected
some international users. It confused month and day in locales where the
day of the month comes before the month, instead of the month
before the day as in the USA.
Changes In Version 5.0.123 (4/24/03)
Redesigned main window to be simpler. It now opens a dialog asking
for the information it needs, rather than expecting the user
to figure out which options on the main window need to be selected
before clicking each button.
Renamed "backup type" to "backup plan".
Changed software to automatically start the process of creating
a new backup plan if the user clicks "Make Backup" and there are
no backup plans.
Changes In Version 5.0.113 (3/19/03)
Added option to include "special" folders ("c:\System Volume Information",
"c:\_RESTORE") in backup activities.
Add graceful messages when software cannot write or delete backup
type instruction files.
Allow backup type instructions ("BDF" files) to be saved for the
"c:\_RESTORE" and "c:\System Volume Information" folders even if
the software cannot write to those folders. The "BDF" files are saved
in alternate locations.
Changes In Version 5.0.109 (3/8/03)
Changed software to suppress warnings about failure to back up some files
Windows sometimes opens exclusively for itself, if they are known to be
files that can safely be excluded from the backup.
Improved error recovery and diagnostics when file cannot be found
to verify after backup.
Changes In Version 5.0.104 (2/13/03)
Fixed installation problem for users who have a file named "zlib.dll"
from another vendor in their windows\system32 folder. This caused a
failure to register BackupLib.dll.
Fixed a problem that caused the software to sometimes not recognize
Changes In Version 5.0.101 (2/15/03)
Rewrote software to not use Microsoft Scripting Runtime SCRRUN.DLL,
to solve compatibility problems experienced by some users.
Changes In Version 5.0.62 (10/1/02)
Added the CD-RW Drive Wizard.
Changes In Version 5.0 (7/30/02)
Initial release of version 5.0.
Changes In Version 4.1.22 (7/18/02)
Version 4.1.22 is a minor bug fix release. The only bug addressed
is failure under some circumstances to recognize that a drive
is not accessible, for reasons such as an unformatted disc
or a failed network connection.
Changes In Version 4.1.20 (6/26/02)
Version 4.1.20 is a minor bug fix release. The only bug addressed
is the inability to make a registry backup under Windows 95, 98 and ME.
Changes In Version 4.1 (6/17/02)
The major new features in version 4.1.18 (the first version 4.1
release) are the introduction of Backup Made
Simple, the ability to wait until a time
of your choice to start a backup, the ability to create a backup log,
and improved diagnostics for problems with CD-RW drives.
Here are the details of these features, and others:
Changes In Version 4.0 (1/8/02)
The major new features in version 4.0 are the ability to do a full system
backup and restore, including the registry, and the addition of an optional
backup format which allows file compression and splitting of files across
Backup To CD-RW now has a sibling - Backup Made Simple. The two programs
are very similar, but while Backup To CD-RW 4.1 continues to be tailored
for CD-RW drives, Backup Made Simple 4.1 is a more general purpose backup
program. Each has all the features of the other, but the default settings
in each are configured differently. The major difference is that Backup To
CD-RW is configured for high capacity devices like CD-RW drives, and does
not compress files and split them across backup discs, whereas Backup
Made Simple compresses and splits and is configured for smaller capacity
media like floppy diskettes. These differences are all accomplished with
configuration settings the user can modify, so you make either program
operate like the other. Or you can install both!
Each program can also read backups created with the other program, as
well as backups created in earlier versions of the software.
Because the programs are so similar, you only have to purchase one
license ID for both.
The software now has the ability to wait until a time of your choice
to actually start the backup. All you specify is a time of day, so you
don't have to worry about getting the date right. You can wait until any time
during the next 24 hours, including after midnight. This is very handy
if you want to run your backup in the middle of the night,
for example if you are backing up
multiple computers over a network and you can't run the backup until everyone
is done for the day. Unlike previous versions of the software,
this can be done without using a separate task scheduler program. Everything
is built into the backup software. This feature is available from
the normal user interface inside the software, as well as a command line
option in case you want to create a "Start" menu option to launch a backup
with all the options pre-selected using other command line options. You can still
use the software with command line options and a separate task scheduler
program if your scheduling needs are more complex.
The software now has the ability to write a log file recording what was
saved on the backup. You can choose to not create a log file, to create
a log file listing the folders from which anything was backed up, or listing
the folders and all the individual files backed up. It always notes which
backup disc folders and files were saved to, so you know which to look on
to restore them. You can use the log viewer built into the backup software,
and because the log files are simple text files you can also
view them with any text editor or word processing program.
The software now has greatly improved diagnostics to help you figure out
what is wrong if you can't get your CD-RW drive to work with the backup
software. It will help detect problems such as missing packet writing
software for your CD-RW drive, a backup disc not being formatted, etc.
The software now looks for file names that are legal on your hard disc
but are not allowed on a CD-R or CD-RW disc, and omits them from the
backup and displays an explanation at the end of the backup
instead of trying to save them. The usual reason for such problems
is that file names on CD-RW drives are generally limited to 127
characters, but on hard drives the limit is 255 characters. This can
be an issue for the very long file names commonly used for internet
shortcuts in your "Favorites" folder.
The list of files that could not be backed up is now saved to a text file,
as well as being displayed in a window, for easier reference.
A command line option has been added to suppress all messages previously
displayed at the end of unattended backups started with the "/ub" command line option.
These ending messages are now saved to a text file, regardless of whether
you suppress them or not.
A command line option has been added to verify files after writing
them, for unattended backups started with the "/ub" command line option.
This was previously only possible for backups run
through the normal user interface.
The software will now check if the destination folder for a backup
exists each time a disc is started during the course of a backup,
creating the destination folder if it does not exist. Old versions
of the software only did this when the backup destination was
first added to the program. This allows you to make backups on removable
media devices to folders other than the root folder,
because in such situations the destination folder must be created
on each disc.
Fixed problem which caused software to stall at the "splash" screen
when running unattended backups with the "/ub" command line option in
some task scheduler programs.
A cosmetic bug has been fixed which caused misleading text to
be added to the final summary message if files could not be backed
up on a multiple disc backup.
Here are the details of these features:
Changes In Version 3.0 (2/21/01)
The major new features in version 3.0 are greatly expanded capabilities
for backing up recently modified files, and the ability to control
all backup options using command line options so backups can be
The software now has the ability to backup and restore system
files while they are in use. Backups are made as normal, and files which
are in use by Windows or applications are restored by copying the version
to restore to a temporary file and renaming it over the old version the
next time the system restarts. This is all automatic, you don't have to
know to do it. It will simply tell you when you must restart your computer
in order for the software to complete the restore.
This is crucial to doing a full system backup
and restore, because Windows will not let anyone modify many of its
components while it is running.
A new option has been added to the backup type, to include the Windows
registry in the backup. When restoring a backup which included the
registry, an option to restore the registry will be available on the
main dialog. You can restore the registry without restoring anything
else from the backup, and you can restore anything else from the
backup without restoring the registry.
A new file format has been added as an option when making
a backup. This format will compress the contents of the file,
and if it will not fit in the space remaining
on the current backup disc will save as much
as it can on the current disc and then split the remainder up over
as many additional discs as required. There is no limit to the size
of file which can be backed up this way. Since this feature is
primarily of use for large files, it has been added as an option
based on the size of the file. The backup type can now specify
to use the new format for files above a particular size. Files
saved in this format are stored alongside normal format files on
the backup, with a slightly modified name so they can be recognized.
The naming convention is to insert "$@" before the file type,
for example to save "bigfile.dat" as "bigfile$@.dat".
Here are the details of these features, as well as others:
Changes In Version 2.2 (12/01/00)
The only new feature in version 2.2 is the ability to backup
only files modified within the last "n" days, where "n" is
a number you specify.
When file inclusion by last modification date is used, files with the
windows "Archive" flag set can also be included.
Option to clear "Archive" flag on all files actually backed up,
if they were last modified more than "x" days ago.
Option to save backup to an automatically created subfolder of the
selected backup destination, named for the date and time. Prevents
new backups from overwriting old ones written to the same destination.
Command line options to create a backup without requiring any
interaction with the user. Handy for running unattended backups.
All backup features are available through these options.
Better diagosis of problems caused by inability to write to the
CD-RW drive at all, typically caused by missing or disabled software
like Adaptec Direct CD or Nero InCD.
Change the way "disc full" errors are detected and handled, to get
around problems a small number of users were having with backups
requiring multiple discs.
Completely new and greatly expanded documentation in "Windows
There are also numerous smaller improvements to general usability,
including but not limited to these:
Changes In Version 2.1 (10/18/00)
The major change in version 2.1 is to use as many CD-RW's,
CD-R's, or diskettes as needed to hold all the data
you wish to back up. The software will ask you to insert
additional discs as needed. If a file will not fit entirely
in the amount of space remaining on the current disc, it
will save the entire file on the next disc.
It now recovers gracefully and continues the backup if any errors
occur while reading files or folders. If any
errors occur it displays a log of all of them at the end
of the backup,
with lots of details to help you solve the problem.
Automatically skips the Windows 9x swap file and Windows NT/2K
page file when making a backup, instead of reporting errors
on these files.
Before starting a backup, warns the user that all files will be
deleted from the backup destination.
Will not allow the root folder of a hard drive or network mapped
drive letter to be selected as the backup destination.
Better reporting of unrecoverable errors.