At a Glance
- Cannot exit screensaver; costly; rudimentary options
This backup utility and screensaver saves time and energy by backing up when your computer is idle.
Note: This review addresses v4.0 as it was on
May 26, 2011. The current version does use an installer, and its
trial period has been extended to 30 days. The developer asserts
that the bugs mentioned in this review have been fixed.
PCWorld has not reviewed the current version.
In the world of modern computing, few things are as important as
backing up, and few experiences are as jarring as realizing you’ve
just lost a vast amount of work due to a hardware or software
malfunction. But backing up can be time-consuming, and you may
forget to do it. Even worse, you may set up an automated solution
and find out at the moment of truth that it didn’t work right–you
thought your files were being backed up, but they weren’t. With
LazySave, this will never happen.
LazySave is built around a brilliant idea: Combine a screensaver
with a backup application. As soon as you leave your computer
unattended for a few moments, the screen goes blank and LazySave’s
backup dialog appears, constantly moving around to protect your
screen while safeguarding your files. This way you always know it
is running and what files are being backed up, but never have to
think about it or remember to activate it.
Unfortunately, LazySave’s execution is not as brilliant.
Configuration is accessed via Windows’ Screen Saver Settings
dialog. After configuring LazySave, I clicked the Preview button to
see it in action. It ran well, but would not stop: Moving the mouse
or tapping the keyboard did nothing to exit LazySave, and I ended
up having to kill the process manually. This was apparently due to
handling some large files in my backup set. LazySave’s developer is
aware of this issue and plans to fix it in the next release.
As for backup, LazySave can filter the file types it copies, but
does not create compressed archives. It can create a new backup
folder for each day, and delete backup folders older than a few
days. Every daily folder contains all data, not just the changes.
If you’re backing up 100MB of material and keep seven daily
folders, you’ll be using up 700MB of disk space. You can also
configure LazySave to copy files from multiple sources to multiple
destinations across your system, and temporarily disable backup
When it comes down to it, LazySave is too costly for what it
provides. For a few dollars more, you could get a copy of Altaro’s
$37 Oops!Backup, a
“time machine” clone for Windows which is significantly more
robust, and just as automated.