Iperius Backup review: Versatile, high-performance backup

Iperius Backup review: Versatile, high-performance backup

Iperius backup is a very powerful program, your pay-to-play persona images of partitions and hard disks to a non-proprietary format and also handles the backup of files, virtual machines, and the various pro and enterprise formats. There is also a limited, but still useful free version if all you need is the plain-text backup file. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best Windows backup software. Go there to find information about competing products and how we tested this.

Design and user interface

Because of the relatively Spartan, but nevertheless, attractive user interface, Iperius gives you the feeling of  right off the bat that you are dealing with pro-level application. Not that it’s not some ugly or old fashioned looking programs, execute very well that the Form of prejudice on my part, to be sure.

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Iperius is strange goals, linking of sources, is confusing. The sources above are defined in dialogs, while the one on the bottom in this tab. 

But, but, the program is easy to the first, the ‘scatter shot’ nature of the definition of the relationship between sources (“items” in Iperius) and objectives, makes it less simple than it seems.

“goals” are copied for the files, defined in the window “objectives” of the tabs dialog, which you step by step through the creating a backup job, while the targets for imaging and FTP be in separate dialogs. If you want the latter copied to the same goals as the file is copied, you need to select “copy to backup-job target” – option in the imaging and FTP dialogs. Sounds confusing? That’s because it is. 

It is easy once you understand the concept and the flexibility of the learning curve, but the process is much easier to understand when all the objectives have been defined in the sameplace.


There is little in the way of backup, Iperius can’t do that. It leads to a clear text file is copied (really a one-way sync), copy files in Zip containers, and images drive and partitions to be friendly .VHD Container. The .VHD files are provided, which are not dependent of Windows and various virtual machines (VirtualBox, VMware, etc.) programs, they are, therefore, to Iperius you can browse them. 

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Iperius imaging is a powerful and uses the common. VHD the container format, so you can mount the images without the program in Windows or VM software.

It even has a fully functional FTP client on Board, the open remote directory and a local, then you can copy back and forth. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the grandfather of remote file-access protocols. I have always used it to my PCs to my NAS boxes..

“options” include appointment scheduling, E-Mail on error or completion, network user profiles (user-name/password, so that you do not re-enter you have to be for each job), and a variety of criteria about what to copy, among other settings. 

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Iperius has the most pro-level options

The one option I didn’t was on-the-spot, an option to throttle the CPU usage. You can choose the level of Zip compression, the same effect will vary, if the container format. On the other hand, I never noticed, Iperius slows down my system, i.e. as a percentage or algorithm you are using works.

Iperius back up to cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. But in contrast to other programs that allow interaction with the service via a web browser by just let yourself in, Iperius is forcing you to log in from outside of the program, and grab a token. Learn more about the methodology here, but the wicket is a different sticky for less experienced users. Iperius offers an online storage service that can be used with the program, if the service is not supported.

Iperius also provides a console service for IT-types, the keep track of is what to do with the fuses. Some versions of the program (not tested) – support for backup of SQL, virtual machines, Exchange, and more. 

The free version is ideal for backing up of files on local and local network destinations, but it is not running as a service, run multiple simultaneous backups, or creating recovery boot media, such as the pay-versions.

As a single-PC license is only $ 29 ($32 at the time of writing), I recommend that you the 21-day trial version a shot. The advanced features are useful, and if you don’t need this, you can continue to use the limited version for free. You can compare Iperius versions on the website of the company.


I have a series of tests with Iperius, including multiple-action-file/image-jobs with multiple destinations. For all file-related tasks, such as downloading files from FTP and network addresses, it is quick and without, as I mentioned, it slows down my system. The integrity of the backups was perfect.

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I just observed a glitch in my Tests, and it was only in the copy of a successful imaging process on the other backup destinations. 

The only Problem I had was with imaging: A picture is correctly created, but not copied to my local external hard drive, the Iperius said, was probably because the primary target (external USB drive) formatted to exFAT and not NTFS. Hopefully this is not a Problem, a lot more. I run on both PCs and Macs, and I can exFAT the drive on both platforms. If that’s not a Problem for you that you are using NTFS, the much faster write of small files.


to note A few peculiarities, with Iperius. By default, the program is new, the entire path of the folder or the file that you are backing up. This can, under certain circumstances, induce error by creating file names that are too long You can disable the option in the dialog box to avoid this. 

not translated the program, I have downloaded completely to English. Other languages my be different, but there were buttons in Italian in the log dialog, and possibly other locations. It is the similar words was easy to guess, but it makes you wonder what else has been overlooked.

Also, the backup progress dialog is not modal and can be easily hidden behind the main window is displayed. To show, attack on the-the system tray icon and select the option to show it.  


I am extremely impressed with Iperius Backup versatility and performance. It could do to define a better job, and the representation of the relationship between sources and targets, but the mere fact that it is so versatile in this regard, and it combines file backup and imaging with non-proprietary Container, it is in my top three. 

For system recovery, the non-means little to deadly mishaps in the translation-and imaging-transfer-testing, I’m sticking with my old buddies True Image and R-Drive Image, but I’m liking Iperius as a one-stop-shop. In any case, the download. Check it out.

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Released on Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0000

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