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AISBackup beta version

AISBackup pre-release version 6.0 (500): 29 April 2020 6.59 MB (6,913,256 bytes) is available for download, please see below for key changes.

Please post all feedback to the forum, as this will help alleviate duplication of bug report submission and responses.

Click Download to download AISBackup pre-release version 6.0 (500): 29 April 2020 6.59 MB (6,913,256 bytes)


AISBackup pre release

Changes in version 6.0.

AISBackup Version 6.0 Build 500 (April 2021)


  • Added support for backup to SFTP over SSH.
    The SFTP option is not available on operating systems prior to Windows XP, however FTP(S) works on these system's (Windows 98 to Windows 2000).
  • Folder sizes and number of files may be displayed on the restore form by clicking the Show folder size option.
  • Backup to the Cloud: AISBackup is aware of cloud drives that have been installed with drive letters, for example Google Drive and pCloud.
  • The backup prune operation has been improved to increase performance, as an example a prune operation that took 57 minutes now takes 11 minutes. The prune operation removes redundant files from the backup media to reduce the size of the backup and is a feature of the Advanced Sessions option and retain session's option.
  • Changed the way directory symbolic links are backed up. The symbolic link is backed up but the contents are not as they are held elsewhere on the PC or network. AISBackup will display a warning message if the 'symbolic link' destination folders are not selected for backup.
  • The Manage Backup / Delete Empty Folders option has been replaced by Manage Backup / Remove Expired Folders. It is logically more correct to delete folders from the backup database that are no longer in any backup session.
  • AISBackup is now Bit-locker aware and will mark folders accordingly when a partition is locked.
  • It is now possible to restore empty folders, including reparse point junctions and symbolic links without restoring files.
  • The Windows 7 version of the bootable restore media has been removed.
  • A new Windows 10 version of the bootable media (Win10BL) has been added to enable SFTP, FTPS and Bitlocker. FTP is supported on earlier versions of Windows. Bitlocker locked drives may be unlocked using the File Viewer option, right click the drive and choose 'Unlock', the password or recovery key must be entered.
  • Major update to the restore option that is used to restore previous versions of Windows 'over' the 'in use' operating system. This option does require that there must be enough disk space to temporarily hold two copies of Windows on the 'C' drive, this is analogous to how Windows 10 does system version upgrades. A copy of the Windows 10 set-up DVD or USB flash drive may be required if, for example, restoring Windows 10 from Windows 7. The Windows set-up media may be downloaded from the Microsoft website.
  • Update to ask for a drive to be connected if the drive already appears to be mounted but is showing a negative disk size. This may happen with cloud drives that are showing in Explorer but are not actually connected, or if the cloud drive's account has not been logged in.
  • In the select files for backup form you may now right click a file and exclude all files of the selected type from the backup, this saves having to go to the Exclusions tab. For example right click Thumbs.db and choose Exclude all files of type: .db, right click an excluded file and click Remove type from exclusions: .db to toggle this option.
  • An option on the restore files form has been added to hide files that are System, hidden or a registry files, selecting this option will ensure that you do not restore one or more of these files by accident.
  • An option on the restore files form to hide hidden folders has been added to make it easier to navigate to where the files you want to restore are located.
  • A new option to mark a backup job as This backup is from a different PC in Tools / Open Job from Backup Media, selecting this option changes some default settings when restoring files, for example the Restore NTFS Security Setting is not pre-selected and the restore duplicate files option defaults to Do not Replace Duplicates. The option to hide hidden files, system files and registry files is also pre-selected. There is nothing stopping you changing these default settings.

    This setting may be changed in Manage Backup / Change Backup Job Settings.


  • Sub folders of folders containing Unicode characters, e.g. folder names written in the Thai language, were not selected for backup.
  • Problem restoring file hard links over different versions of Windows, for example restoring Windows 7 over a partition containing Windows 10. Formatting the partition prior to the restore or disk to disk copy did work okay. The backup itself is okay.
  • Problem selecting a network destination for a new backup job: The mapped network drive did not appear in the 'select destination' form.
  • Copying the contents of a folder to the root of another folder using the Tools / Disk to Disk Copy option incorrectly reported an error and aborted.
  • Some right click options in the select files forms (Backup, restore and file viewer) were not working correctly.
  • If more than one backup drive for a multiple backup destination backup job is attached and the backup is running unattended, via a schedule, the backup would fail to select a drive, and aborted.
  • Printer interface is now only initialised on demand owing to the time this was taking on some PC's; this problem may have caused a long wait for Tools / Program Settings and Options and the Backup Reports to open.
  • Drag and drop restore to a network share opened in explorer did not work if the share name was used instead of a drive letter e.g. \\MyNas\MyFiles.
  • When calculating a backup the wrong date modified comparison was used for files on exFAT drives.
  • The automatic selection of documents and pictures etc did not select some folders, one of which was 'desktop'.