Well, I liked the idea of NovaBACKUP compressing my files as it backs up and that would conserve disk space on my external drives so I can get more data on them. All seemed to work very well, once we did our recovery tests things got interesting.
First off, it took the exact same amount of time as the backup to index the backup file before you could restore anything. That was a huge amount of time and not a very easy pill to swallow.
Once the file was indexed and the restore complete, we rebooted and the registry (or at least the users part) did not restore. This was on the same hardware (Dell PE2650) with identical parts and specs.
So I contacted NovaStor and went through a few rounds of support e-mails and they do NOT support restore except on the exact hardware (down to the serial number). Well, if you have a hardware failure and need restore and the hardware is not the exact same piece, you are screwed! I don’t like being screwed, especially with critical servers and data…
So my review continues with me calling NovaStore about NovaBACKUP and I ask for a refund since they even admitted it was worthless. No dice. Over $500 down the drain (3 server licenses).
I went back to good ole Windows backup and it works flawlessly. Even restores to slightly different hardware with no issues!
Hope this review helps someone evaluating NovaBACKUP.