Fabs Autobackup 4 – Tech Version

The software “Fabs Autobackup” should be no stranger to Technibble readers. We have featured version 2 and 3 as our repair tool of the week in the past and have also given away copies of version 3.
Fabs Autobackup 3 was my number one most used technician software and now Fabs Autobackup 4 has taken that place.

For those of you who dont know what Fabs Autobackup is, it is a small, portable application that makes backing up and restoring your clients data incredibly easy. It will backup pretty much anything your client would want backed up such as their My Documents folder, browser favorites, emails, address books and more to a location of your choice. I personally use it to back up my clients data to a USB hard drive, plug it into the new machine, hit restore and all the data and settings are back where they should be without all the manual work. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Fabrice, the writer of the software has recently released “Fabs Autobackup 4 – Tech Version”. This version is specifically targeted towards Computer Technicians and has some very useful features added since version 3. The two major features of version 4 are the ability to backup up to 20 user accounts and the ability to backup drives that is not the current system drive (ie. a slaved drive). Previously, you had to switch accounts and run Autobackup for each account on the computer.

Only one caveat though, it makes it significantly easier if you name the new accounts the same as the old ones since some parts of the backup (such as the location of the Outlook database) will restore to the same username.

As for the backing up a slaved drive, in the 2 weeks or so that Fabs Autobackup 4 has been out, I have already used this feature many times. I have had a handful of clients who either had a dead motherboard and opted for me to build them a new computer rather than repairing the old one or they had a failing hard drive. In both cases, I would image the hard drive (to be safe) and use Fabs Autobackup 4 to backup the data and restore it to where it should be on the new hard drive. I know how to do all of this manually but its great to be able to do this automatically and be less likely to forget things (damn .nk2 files).

If you are into building your own BartPE / UBCD4Win boot CDs, Fabrice has also created a BartPE/UBCD Plugin version of Autobackup 4.

Fabrice understands the annoyance of draconian licensing so there are no license keys to enter or registry keys to run on every computer you use it on. It will always run as the full version with no limitations. Also, the license is not limited unlike other software. One license is valid for all of your companies technicians.

The product costs 50 EUR (about $70 USD at time of writing) and you would easily recoup that investment in just a few jobs with the time and trouble it saves. It really is a no-brainer purchase.

Go check it out here.

Fabs Autobackup 4



Bryce Whitty

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Bryce Whitty
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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (17)

  • Devlyn says:

    a no-brainer for sure. This is exactly what every tech needs for reloading, swapping or backing up PC’s. I have too many other things to think about when working on a machine, this makes life much easier. Worth every penny.

  • Matt says:

    Very good piece of kit. I highly recommend it.

  • frecklesnoot says:

    I just got it for myself to use at work. It will a great addition to the toolkit.

    Thank Bryce for letting us all know about this great product.

  • Nick says:

    I Agree I purchase it as soon as it came out! Great if Windows will not boot up and you need to get Data off Fast and Restore to a new system Fast.

  • Martyn says:

    Yes used version 3 and bought 4 when it came out. Well worth the money if you’re a tech.

  • Jay says:

    I always make it a point to check your website every few days and learn a lot!

    I have a question.. why would you need this app (Fabs Auto Backup) if you are doing a hard drive image? An extra precaution?

    I’m no tech but just a newbie and so would appreciate a reply from you.

    Thank you!

  • Pc-Technix says:

    When you purchase this, does it convert to USD for us in the US does anyone know.

  • Darryl says:

    Does anyone know whether this program can restore data from within a mounted image or will it only restore from its own backup?

  • Bryce W says:

    “I have a question.. why would you need this app (Fabs Auto Backup) if you are doing a hard drive image? An extra precaution?”
    I use the image as an extra precaution and Ill hold onto it for about a week before I delete it. Its possible that the client had a non-standard program installed that contains data. For example, Quickbooks… and if you lose that, your going to be in big trouble.

    Also, even though you have an image you still need to put everything where it belongs on the new drive and that is where Autobackup works great.

    “When you purchase this, does it convert to USD for us in the US does anyone know.”
    It’ll exchange to your local currency. If you use your credit card, it’ll be taken out as $70USD or whatever the exchange rate currently is.

    “Does anyone know whether this program can restore data from within a mounted image or will it only restore from its own backup?”
    I dont think it’ll backup from an image like an ISO file. However, if you have a clone of a hard drive (or even the original hard drive), you can backup FROM that slaved hard drive and then restore to the new system.

  • Jake says:

    How do I get signed up for all these giveaways?

  • Bought it – love it. Excellent piece of repair kit. Makes customer data backups easier. I like that you can get it to include other custom folders, over and above the standard backups that it does.

  • Husted says:

    Purchased this and its fantastic!! Saves so much time…. They just need to make it where you can backup a Win XP machine and move it to a Win 7 Machines…

  • JDH says:

    Does it also backup the device drivers? Please let me know as this would truly be the greatest software ever if it did!

  • Bryce W says:

    “How do I get signed up for all these giveaways?”
    Fabs Autobackup4 isnt being given away but I did give away some 3 licenses a month or so ago. The giveaway generally have their own rules for entering BUT if you are part of the Technibble Newsletter you’ll hear about it and get discounts on stuff. Just sign up on the top right.

    ” They just need to make it where you can backup a Win XP machine and move it to a Win 7 Machines…”
    I am pretty sure you can do this.

    “Does it also backup the device drivers?”
    Not that I know of, but I’ll put it to Fabrice and see if he can code it in.

  • Kevin says:

    I bought version 3 recently, LOVE IT. I don’t believe it backs up the drivers but you can use Double Driver for that.

  • Nodak says:

    Excellent program. Purchased it based on this site. Has saved a ton of time. Run a image with Acronis, then a second backup with this.

  • Kevin says:

    Is there any danger using this software to backup data and settings of a box that is infected with malware/viruses?