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Easily Backup Data with Karen’s Replicator

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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.


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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 06/3/09

Comments (5)

  1. William M

    Sounds good, man, until I get to the bottom and see that it runs on Windows only. I enjoy your features a lot, though I’m often disappointed when I get to the end and find this Windows-only note. Any way you could put an icon or a tog at the top of your columns to denote whatever limitation might be relevant?

  2. Gregory Russell

    I’m just now getting the program to run right. It was just getting use to. However, after I set up the times to run and it runs on time then it changes the time to run automatically.

    Example: I have it set to run every morning at 8AM and it is set for the next run at 8AM the next day. But after it runs it changes the next days run to 2AM. Can you help me stop this.

    Also it sure would be helpful if I had a phone number to talk to a human. Is that possible?

    My number is: 504 957 1325

  3. Hugh Kallen

    I use this program and depend on it to keep our laptops regularly backed up over our wireless connection to an old desktop box we use as a backup server. Quick and easy.

  4. Phylis Sophical

    On a sad note, Karen Kenworthy passed away last month. Her brother sent an email to all subscribers. So I would advise downloading this and her other great utilities ASAP. I have been using Karen’s replicator from Win98 right through Win7. Never a problem with it. It is so simple to set up without all the technical jargon of most backup programs.

  5. Tim Yeaple

    I am so ssorry to hear about karen. Where would i go to get help with the prograhm. I have used since 2007 but it has done weard things thanks

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