Confusing download identity
Simple Backup suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. The program comes from Veritas, a company well known for enterprise-level software. However, another company, Stomp, handles Simple Backup's distribution and support. The main interface of the product is branded with the Stomp name, but the copyright and license agreement say Veritas.
You can buy Simple Backup online from Stomp, but before you do, check the list of supported devices. Simple Backup works only with CD-R/RW drives. It won't work with removable drives (such as Iomega Jaz and Zip drives), tape drives, or other hard drives. Also, you must download the PDF manual from Stomp, since one is not included with the program. Then again, Simple Backup is so easy to use, the manual is almost unnecessary.
Straightforward backup and restoration
Simple Backup's opening screen displays only five choices: full or partial backup, restoration from one of those two, plus the option to create a set of disaster recovery disks. Whatever your choice, wizards guide you along.
At one point, unfortunately, Simple Backup loses focus. When the program asks you to select a backup device, all the CD drives present on your system show up--whether they are writable drives or not. The not-so-bright wizard, hence, will let you try to burn a CD on a regular CD-ROM. When we tested this, after 20 seconds of spinning a blank disc, Simple Backup reported that the media was damaged. This happened on both a Windows 2000 and an XP machine.
When it's time to restore the files, both the Full Restore and the Custom (partial) Restore wizards lead you every step of the way. If you need to restore only a file or two, however, you won't be able to grab them from a full set of backup disks; you may want to do a full backup and stash it somewhere for emergencies, then do partial backups for more frequent saving of your data. You can also do a complete system restore, not only to the original computer, but to any computer equipped with a CD drive.