Backing up data is one of the most crucial jobs to perform, though many of us don’t always remember to do it as often as we should.  To make sure your data is backed up today we look at Karen’s Replicator, a free set-it and forget it backup utility.

Using Karen’s Replicator

This back up application is part of Karen’s Power Tools suite (free for personal use) that contains several other handy utilities.  Installing Karen’s Replicator is quick and easy following the installation wizard.

When you first run the application you will need to add a backup job by clicking on Edit Settings.

2 start

The Edit Settings screen comes up where you will want to click on the New Job button.

3 Edit Settings

Now go in and set up the new job by selecting the source to backup, the backup location, and other settings for the job.

3.5 create job

Explorer will open when you click Browse to set up the destination and source folders for the backup.

4 destination

You can change and customize the backup schedule to your liking.

If you need any help with any of the categories while setting up a job just click on the Show Tips button to get the details.

After you have set up your backup jobs make sure to click Save Changes and Close.

save changes and close

Now in the main screen you will see the job you created and select to have it run right away.

run now

To make sure all of your jobs run according to their schedule, make sure to minimize the application and not exit out of it.

Another handy feature is being able to review different backup logs.

job logs

There are several additional options you can customize to your liking as well.

other settings

If you are looking for a free and easy way to perform schedule backups for your data, you might want to check out Karen’s Replicator.  It works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and I had no problems with it on Windows 7. This utility is free for personal and non-commercial use.

Download Karen’s Replicator