Developed by FileStream, TurboBackup is backup software for PCs designed to provide users with a simple, secure and fast way to protect data. With this app, you can back up multiple file versions to several destinations at once. While its ease of use score was above average, the backup and restore speeds didn't compare to the best PC backup software.
To determine the best backup software for PCs, we tested each app on the same computer. We backed up and restored the same data and recorded each program's speed, CPU usage, and compression rates. We tested each software multiple times, using different data in each round, so our results are averages based on a variety of scenarios. We also evaluated how easy each program is to use from the perspective of a novice by counting the number of steps in the backup and restore processes, analyzing the interface for clarity, and looking for opportunities where the user could make mistakes.
TurboBackup received a B- for ease of use during the backup stage. There are as many as 14 steps from the moment you create a backup set to the moment when the set starts, which was more than almost every other PC backup app in our review. The upside of this is that the backup wizard walks you through the process, so even though there are a lot of steps, there's little room for error, even for a novice.
The app's restore phase is slightly easier and received a B. The process has fewer steps – we counted as few as six. However, this varies according to the type of restore you want to perform. The options provide some opportunity for user error.
Our tests showed there is nothing turbo about TurboBackup's backup and restore speeds. The backup speed was below average and received a C-, while the restore speed received a C+. The app’s average backup speed was 680MB per minute, and the average restore speed was 1.12GB per minute. In comparison, the fastest backup speed in our tests was 1.53GB per minute, and the fastest restore speed was 2.52GB per minute. At these rates, TurboBackup would back up 1TB of data 13.5 hours slower than the fastest PC backup software and would restore the same data almost four and a half hours slower.
On a positive note, TurboBackup had good compression rates in our tests, receiving a B+ when compared to the other software we reviewed. On average, it compressed our test data by 4.4 percent, which may not seem like much, but when backing up 1TB of data, it can save a significant amount of storage space on your external drive. In addition, compression potential varies according to the types of files you back up. As such, you could experience a higher compression rate.
Another one of TurboBackup's good features is its integration with FileStream’s private cloud service. Backing up to an external hard drive or to a second computer has its own risks – those drives are just as susceptible to data loss as your primary drive. However, backing up to the cloud provides protection against physical disaster – a house fire, flood, theft, etc. – because it ensures there are copies of your data off-site. In addition, cloud backup services store data redundantly on their servers, so you don't have to worry about their drives failing and losing your data. One downside to cloud backup services is that they require a monthly or yearly fee.
TurboBackup is backup software for your PC. It is easy to use, but its performance wasn't impressive in our tests – the backup speed was below average and the restore speed was just barely above average. However, it compresses data well and integrates with FileStream's cloud storage, which is a nice touch.