Ashampoo Backup Pro 10 : A First Spin - Review INTRODUCTION Ashampoo Backup Pro 10 (ABP10) is a professional backup solution featuring a revolutionary technology they call "Infinite Reverse Incremental Backup" which allows >50% space used for backup storage. ABP10 comes armed with extensive cloud backup support allowing you to backup entire disks to the cloud backup of your choice whether it be Google Drive, OneDrive, and DropBox. Etc. ABP10 can fully automate backups and resume the backup operation at any given time when and if the backup is interrupted or paused. It has an "Automatic Pausing" function which you can use anytime from the Menu Bar>Automatic Pausing. ABP10 is a reliable and efficient backup solution for you and even for beginners. Fast, secure, straightforward, no fuss software to backup and restore your computer data. Ashampoo Backup Pro 10 (ABP10) has been around the block for quite sometime now and this made me curious as how it will perform and fare to my expectations. Been using a handful of trustworthy backup solutions over the years and I have relied on them to save me when the need arises. In line with our upcoming Official Giveaway sponsored by Ashampoo here at Tweakbytes, this is a first spin-review of Ashampoo Backup Pro 10 (ABP10). So let's get in on! Start Screen/Main GUI The Main GUI of ABP10 is nice/simplistic and shows you 4 panel with functions/options which are basically tasks (a-what-do-you-want-to-do-thing) namely: (A) Create New Backup Plan This a start for any backup that you want to do as here you will select what you want to backup, how and when. Let it be noted that a "backup" or the backup of the file/folder/drive etc. is tied to a "backup plan" which is basically a scheme or preferred settings you used or will use in your backup. Both "backup" and "backup plan" are inter-related. It is important to understand that in the first course of your usage of ABP10 as those who are familiar with other backup solutions may be confused here. As for "creation" when ABP10 says "Create a new Backup Plan" you are going to create a "backup/image" and alongside of it a backup plan/scheme. See some might be confused now. So my advice is just follow the succession of the each step and you'll be fine. I will dive into more here as we go along this review based on the review methodology that I will use. (B) Manage Backup Plan This is where you manage the existing backup plan (along with the backup you created) or shall I say, backup scheme that you have used. You can change it to your preference if out of experience the one you previously have used is not any more applicable to your preference. Moreover, the 'Restore' and 'Verify' functions are here as well as 'Backup Now', 'View Reports' and 'Delete' which as it says delete an existing "backup" and with its backup plan/scheme (--you will be asked if you want to delete just the plan/scheme that you used or as mentioned delete the scheme/plan with the backup). As we go along this review you will see that the 4 panel options are inter-related and you will see as if a "redundancy" is occurring when you perform the tasks you prefer. (C) Restore Backup This is where you well 'officially' restore a backup that you have made whether it is in a HDD external/internal or in cloud. I mentioned 'officially' as you will see and have mentioned previously all functions/options are inter-related and you will see redundant/similar functions/ options in other tasks you will undertake as you use ABP10. Take the case of (B) Manage Backup Plan which also has a 'Restore' and 'Verify' function/option under its belt. See what I mean..? (D) View Backup Reports This is where you will see the details or the report of each backup (backup plan) you did. A window will show a list of all your backups. Select whatever you want and click "Open report". The report will launch your default browser and you will be able to view your report in HTML view. Why in HTML view well perhaps ABP10 want to link your report to home. file:///C:/Users/xxxxx/AppData/Local/Temp/Ashampoo%20Backup%20PB/reports/1339372350.tmp.html Menu Bar Elements The Menu bar consists of: File - showing only "Exit" command to terminate ABP10. Rescue Disc - which is a link to Ashampoo Rescue Disc page where all the pertinent data you need to create a rescue disc/usb is available. Settings - wherein you are given the options to: (a) Change Language to your mother tongue (b) Online Sign In Settings which is basically a link to your My Ashampoo account --log-in automatically (c) Automatic pausing if you require backup pausing to give way to some of your programs that require the full power of your system or when you need to do some memory intensive endeavor, you can use this option (d) Service-Channel where you can set what ABP10 will inform you on whether you want to be notified about updates, product services, new versions and recommendations from Ashampoo Team. These are basically Ads or Ad-driven so the check-boxes are a welcome addition there if you do not want to be bothered by those Ads then uncheck it all. My Ashampoo - basically all that is Ashampoo in relation to Ashampoo products, your account, suggested software deals, product updates and the Activation Wizard. Help - shows a redundant 'Activation Wizard, links to Ashampoo Support/Contact Support Team, info about ABP10 and of course the basic help file. REVIEW METHODOLOGY For this review I will be checking out the most basic of using a backup solution which is backup and restore to local drives only. Honestly have not been a fan of cloud storage as the vulnerability to hackers and privacy matters gets nastier and more concerning everyday. I mostly use cloud storage for small files only. Also backing up to cloud is just using a different storage location but what will you backup if the whole process of backup/restore isn't tested yet..? See what I mean :) So with Ashampoo Backup Pro 10 I will be doing: (1) Partition Backup and Restore (drive storage partition) (2) Folder Backup and Restore (3) System Drive Backup and Restore For this review I have prepared a new partition with a size of 57.9 GB and labeled it "Trial_Partition". Have prepared also an existing vacant 240GB partition for as backup storage drive of Ashampoo Backup Pro 10. Please see contents of (F) : Trial_Partition below.