File and Data Backup using automatic ZIP

Extensive hardware support

VSS support — open files and VSS applications (Exchange, SQL, SharePoint)

System State backup and restore

Full, Differential, Incremental and Copy backups supported

Fully compliant with the ZIP 64 standard

Faster backup with Multithreading architecture: outperforms WinZIP & WinRAR by up to a factor of 12

Open format — backups are stored as .ZIP files for easy access on any Windows-based machine

Real-time data compression (on-the-fly)

Safe and secure backups with 256-bit AES data encryption

Easy, perfect restore including time stamps, NTFS attributes, ADS etc.

Optimizations with different data block sizes

For BackupAssist Zip Engine backup to tape drives

Requires the BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on

Supports a wide variety of tape drive hardware

Backup to standalone tape drive

Excellent replacement for NTBackup in Server 2008

Read more: Everyone knows that zipping files and folders in an extremely simple and effective way of backing up. Data is restorable nearly anywhere, thanks to the ZIP open standard and it's a trusted and well proven technology.

BackupAssist takes ZIP to the next level by simplifying the process using BackupAssist File Archiving. By adding support for VSS, NTFS data streams and attributes, as well as support for many hardware devices, including USB HDD, NAS and USB Flash Sticks, BackupAssist gives you a powerful tool for automated compressed backups to a wider variety of storage options than ever before.

What's more, using BackupAssist with the BackupAssist Zip-To-Tape Add-on also provides ZIP support for backup to tape drives. For those looking for an easy, cost-effective replacement for NTBackup in Windows Server 2008, it's a great solution that helps you continue to maximize your investment in tape drive hardware.

Simple restore, even from tape

Zip to Tape

BackupAssist includes its own Restore Console for restoring data from ZIP backups. Once you've loaded your backup catalogues (even from tape) you can select data in the same way that you might browse your normal file system. You can also search for specific files across all your backup sets using wild cards like *.doc. See the BackupAssist Restore Console tour for more information.

File based backup with VSS support

VSS Support

Because ZIP is a file-based backup, you can backup exactly what you want. The BackupAssist File Archiving allows you to select specific files and folders, and even set up exclusions through powerful filters.

VSS application backup and restore

VSS Application Backup and Restore

The File Archiving includes fully integrated support for VSS application backup and restore. Microsoft applications such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint and Hyper-V are all fully supported, as well as any other VSS-aware application that uses standard VSS restore methods. Simply choose the VSS application that you want to back up from the list of detected applications. You can even drill down and choose individual components (databases, storage groups, etc) to backup. Application restore is just as easy using the BackupAssist Restore Console: browse the contents of a backup and select the application(s) you want to restore.

Tuned for performance

File Archiving

Our high performance File Archiving features multi-threading architecture that's been tuned for performance. In terms of speed, it outperforms WinZIP and WinRAR by as much as a factor of 12 (see our File Archiving Performance Comparison), making it one of the best ZIP solutions for even the most demanding business backups.

Versatility: one engine, many applications

Thanks to smart design, the BackupAssist File Archiving is useful for all organizations — from the smallest business wanting a basic solution, to large enterprises needing long term data archival backups to tape. Here are just two applications for this versatile technology.

License(s) Required

  • ZIP to Tape drive Requires Zip-to-Tape Add-on
  • ZIP to other hardware Included in BackupAssist license


File backup based on the ZIP64 standard (fully compliant). Data can be restored using BackupAssist or common ZIP programs.

Supported Window OS

Windows Server (2012, 2011, 2008 R2, 2008, 2003)
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP


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You can install the free fully functional 30-day trial version of BackupAssist Server in just a few minutes on any Windows (or virtual) PC and immediately begin setting up your backups. To continue using BackupAssist after you've completed your trial you will need to purchase a license key.